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Maria's Island

Maria's Island

Published: 3 Jun 2021

Hardback, 128 pages

Recommended for age 7+

By Victoria Hislop

Illustrated by Gill Smith

Published by Walker Books Ltd

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A dramatic and moving story set in the same world as the international bestseller The Island from the celebrated novelist Victoria Hislop. The absorbing story of the Cretan village of Plaka and the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga - Greece's former leper colony - is told to us by Maria Petrakis, one of the children in the original version of The Island. She tells us of the ancient and misunderstood disease of leprosy, exploring the themes of stigma, shame and the treatment of those who are different, which are as relevant for children as adults.

Gill Smith's rich, full-colour illustrations will transport the reader to the timeless and beautiful Greek landscape and Mediterranean seascape.

Tagged coping with illness and Greece