Lawrence, Iain. The Cannibals.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Brief Article - Children's Review - Book Review

LAWRENCE, lain. The cannibals. (Sequel to The Convicts.) Random House, Delacorte. 224p. c2005. 0-385-73088-8. $15.95. (Lib. bdg: 0-385-90110-0. $17.99.) JS

We first met young Tom in The Convicts, set in 19th-century London, where he finds and then loses a cursed diamond, and ends up accused of murder and on a prison ship heading for Australia. In this volume, Tom and his little friend Midgely manage to escape from the ship, and encounter cannibals, crocodiles, pirates and more in their struggle to make it to an elephant-shaped island where Tom and his father hope to be reunited. Nasty fellow convicts, a mysterious and possibly murderous man Tom and Midgely meet and travel with, and a gigantic snake are only some of the trials they must endure in this thrilling, action-packed adventure tale.

This deliberately old-fashioned story by the author of The High Seas Trilogy and other YA novels has some basis in...

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