Island Boyz In this rich collection Salisbury s love for Hawaii and its encircling sea shines through every story Readers will share the rush a boy feels when he leaps off a cliff into a ravine or feasts his eye

  • Title: Island Boyz
  • Author: Graham Salisbury
  • ISBN: 9780440229551
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • In this rich collection, Salisbury s love for Hawaii and its encircling sea shines through every story Readers will share the rush a boy feels when he leaps off a cliff into a ravine or feasts his eyes on a beautiful woman They ll find stories that show what it takes to survive prep school, or a hurricane, or the night shift at Taco Bell, or first love Graham SalisburyIn this rich collection, Salisbury s love for Hawaii and its encircling sea shines through every story Readers will share the rush a boy feels when he leaps off a cliff into a ravine or feasts his eyes on a beautiful woman They ll find stories that show what it takes to survive prep school, or a hurricane, or the night shift at Taco Bell, or first love Graham Salisbury knows better than anyone what makes an island boy take chances Or how it feels to test the waters, to test the limits, and what it s like when a beloved older brother comes home from war, never to be the same.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Graham Salisbury

      Graham Salisbury comes from a 100 year line of newspapermen, all associated with Hawaii s morning paper, the Honolulu Advertiser Although a career as a newsman could have been possible, Salisbury chose to imagine rather than report I enjoy writing about characters who might have been To me, exploring fictional themes, situations, and lives is a quietly exhilarating experience There are times when completely unexpected happenings take place as my fingertips walk the keyboard, things that make me laugh or get all choked up or even amaze me Salisbury s drive to write about the emotional journey that kids must take to become adults in a challenging and complicated world is evident throughout his work Says the author I ve thought a lot about what my job is, or should be as an author of books for young readers I don t write to teach, preach, lecture, or criticize, but to explore And if my stories show characters choosing certain life options, and the possible consequences of having chosen those options, then I will have done something worthwhile His books Eyes of the Emperor, Blue Skin of the Sea, Under the Blood Red Sun, Shark Bait, Jungle Dogs, Lord of the Deep, Island Boyz and his short stories, too have been celebrated widely with praise and distinguished awards Graham Salisbury, winner of the PEN Norma Klein Award, grew up on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii Later, he graduated from California State University, Northridge, and received an MFA degree from Vermont College of Norwich University In fact, he was a member of the founding faculty of Vermont College s highly successful MFA program in Writing for Children, now the Union Institute University.Other important things to know about this author He worked as the skipper of a glass bottom boat, as a deckhand on a deep sea charter fishing boat, and as an Montessori elementary school teacher Hisrock and roll band, The Millennium, had a number one hit in the Philippines, which he composed He once surfed with a shark, got stung by a Portuguese man of war several times , and swam for his life from a moray eel Believe it or not, he didn t wear shoes until the sixth grade and never saw snow until he was nineteen Graham Salisbury now lives with his family in Portland, Oregon.

    689 thoughts on “Island Boyz”


    1. Lovely character development set on Hawaiian islands. I've love anything I have read by Salisbury. Had to buy a used copy but it is a keeper.


    2. Read Mrs. Noonan and Frankie Diamond is Robbing Us Blind on 8/11/12.Review of Frankie Diamond is Robbing Us Blind: "Frankie Diamond is Robbing Us Blind" comes from a collection by Graham Salisbury entitled Island Boyz, in which he writes about the experience of growing up in Hawaii. Though other stories in the collection are interesting, this one caught my eye especially because I recognized the story’s title character from the Calvin Coconut series. In fact, the ShortBoyz identified at the st [...]


    3. A 3.5, anyway. I quite like the last story, "Hat of Clouds."I find the various ethical and emotional dilemnas faced by the characters compelling. For instance, I like that Vinny in "The Ravine" is able to overcome peer pressure to jump off a high ledge into a pond where another boy recently died. What makes this an especially good moment in my eyes is that he refuses the jump not for ethical or even necessarily safety reasons, but because he's uncomfortable with it. That's reason enough, but I t [...]


    4. PRESENTATIONIsland Boyz is a collection of short stories with teen male protagonists set in Hawaii. The tales range from a trip to a supposedly haunted waterfall to preteen boys dealing with a disabled classmate at a remote boarding school. What stands out the most to me, however, is Salisbury's spot-on description of the islands where I grew up. Hawaii itself becomes a character in these stories, whether as a hot and humid heat or the power of a hurricane descending upon a couple of stupid boys [...]


    5. Good collection of short stories from Graham Salisbury. The different voices and differing writing style used in the stories was refreshing. My favorite stories were probably the last three: "The Doi Store Monkey," "Angel-Baby," and "Hat of Clouds."



    6. I really liked the title poem, but I could only read a few of the short stories before I gave up. They just didn't interest me.


    7. Graham Salisbury is a skilled writer. This book is probably just as good as Blue Skin of the Sea, except I'm not as much of a short story person as novel person.


    8. I thought it was a really great book and loved all of the short stories about Hawaii, as they use lots of sensory details as well as a lot of visualization. I would recommend this book to anyone.



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