The Keeper of the Isis Light

The Keeper of the Isis Light

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It was her tenth birthday on Isis. By Earth years, she would be sixteen. But Olwen Pendennis had never been to Earth. She had been born on Isis. And since her parents' death, she had lived there alone, manning the Isis Light -- a "lighthouse" in space designed to aid ships, and to bring settlers from Earth. And now, on the day of her tenth year, the settlers are coming at last. Olwen is ready to welcome them, but are they ready for her? She was once human, like them. But the harsh climate of the alien planet has changed her, transformed her into something else -- something the settlers could never be prepared for...
Publisher: New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 2000, c1980
Edition: 1st Aladdin Paperbacks ed
ISBN: 9781416989639
Branch Call Number: J PB H
Characteristics: 232 p. ;,21 cm


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Jan 09, 2013

WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! I remember one of my elementary or middle school teachers reading this book to us over many afternoons. I received a used copy of this book for Christmas and it has the same cover as the one I remember which really takes me back. I thought it was a fantastic book then and I still concur – The Keeper Of The Isis Light is a gorgeous sci-fi story from 1980 about teenagers and being an alien among your own people. I have to admit I was a little disappointed, or at least surprised, that Mark and Olwen weren’t able to overcome their differences. But the unexpected ending looks like it leads to two more books, The Guardian of Isis and The Isis Pedlar. One question I had was: Why didn’t Olwen notice that her skin was a different colour than the settlers?

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