On Sand Island

on sand island cover image On Sand Island

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Childrens/Local Interest
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2003
Hardcover, 32 pages

Based on her summer living as an Artist in Residence on Sand Island, one of the largest and westernmost of the Apostle Islands, Martin wrote this captivating story of early 20th century life on Lake Superior. Carl, a boy in a family of Norwegian immigrant fishermen who live on Sand Island, wants to have a boat of his own. Through dogged persistence and the barter of his labor for the materials and supplies, he achieves his dream. The illustrations by David Johnson are exquisite. This is the perfect children’s book for the Apostle Islands.