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Elemental Island

Elemental Island

Kathy Hoopmann and J.S. Kiss

Quick Overview

Astie is different. She wants to study fashion but no one in her class understands why. Then she is diagnosed with Social Syndrome and becomes even more left out and frustrated. But when a stranger appears on the island, Astie's differences are called upon to find out who he is. What she finds will shake the island's very core...
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2015, 8.82in x 6.22in / 224mm x 158mm, 224pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-658-8
2015, ePUB, 208pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-228-7
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*Silver medal winner in the 'Middle Grades Fiction' category of the Nautilus Book Awards 2015*

Astie has always been different. Her 12th birthday is looming and she still has not decided on her thesis. All the Learners at the Hub picked theirs years ago. If it wasn't for her cousin, Jakob, life would be unbearable on Elemental Island. On the verge of being diagnosed with Social Syndrome, she stumbles upon Danny who has landed in a forbidden flight machine. To protect him, Astie persuades Jakob to tamper with the Overseer's memory. On the run from the Monitors together, Astie calls on her unique qualities to forge a friendship with the stranger and discover his reason for coming to the island. What she finds will shake the foundations of the place she calls home.

Set on a secretive island utopia where science and logic rule, this intriguing novel explores and celebrates differences in people from an alternative perspective. It is engaging reading for children aged 8-13.


'The illuminating adventure of a misfit in a world where autism is so ordinary there isn't even a word for it. Elemental Island is thought-provoking, compassionate and recommended for readers of all ages, with or without 'Social Syndrome'.'
- David Mitchell, The Reason I Jump and Cloud Atlas

'I read many manuscripts, but very occasionally, there is one that totally captivates me and that is the case with Elemental Island. I have absorbed every word with great pleasure, a delicious meal that needs to be savoured and cannot be hurried...The exciting and humorous storyline will captivate the reader and also change and enhance our perception and understanding of the challenges faced by those who have an ASD. Fiction can create a paradigm shift more effectively than facts.'
- Tony Attwood, Minds and Hearts Clinic, Brisbane, and author of The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome

'This is a great book for people who have Aspergers because it creates characters and a world that feel real and are easy to relate to. It's also just a great book. So buy it!'
- Dylan Hamilton, aged 11, blogger, Book Walrus

'This quick futuristic tale encourages autistic and neurotypical readers alike to venture beyond their comfort zones.'
- Kirkus

'This long and meaty sci-fi novel is full of imagination and interest, and its reversal of 'normality' means that readers with Asperger's will be able to relate happily to the majority of people on Elemental Island...a thought-provoking novel with lots to commend it, and it will be of real value to all those who feel themselves to be outsiders.'
- HealthyBooks


By (author): Kathy Hoopmann, J.S. Kiss