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Book details
  • SubGenre:Social Issues / Adolescence
  • Language:English
  • Pages:332
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781543973044
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543971613

Return to Isle of the Shallows

by Debra A. White

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Drew Barret is about to start a new school after being suspended from his last one for fighting. He hopes he can survive the semester without running into bullies or becoming one himself, but his fiery temper keeps getting him into trouble. When he's snatched away from the lake near his home by a mythical monster, he finds himself trapped in a fantastical world, held captive by a maniacal beast, putting his true nature to the test. With his family and best friend, Trev, venturing into the world of Aqualor to find him, he relies on their support to help the Arvaks, Winged-Groshin and Lamera find peace and freedom in their homeland. Together, they experience a wild adventure and witness Drew's journey of self-discovery as he battles to control the rage within him.


Drew Barret is a fourteen-year-old, confident and somewhat cocky boy who is growing rapidly and having problems subduing an unfamiliar and undesirable rage within himself. This rage caused problems at his previous school and he's, desperately, hoping it won't rear its ugly head at his new school.

Alexia, his younger sister, is also getting under his skin more so than usual and Drew is struggling to maintain his decorum so he doesn't have to hear his parents' constant nagging.

His parents, Frank and Maria, work hard to provide a well-balanced life filled with love, discipline, a good education, fun and adventure yet Drew feels a constant annoyance with them.

Drew finds most pleasure playing and talking about basketball with his best friend, Trev, who he's known since first grade, when he had fought off a group of boys who were bullying Trev.

When Drew is snatched away from the lake near his home by a monster, Chasqua, his family and Trev, discover Aqualor, a picturesque alien world. Although the world is beautiful, Aqualor's inhabitants are under duress and hiding away from Chasqua, a beastly and bully leader of the Lamera.

The alien newcomers struggle to discourage the Arvaks from going to war with Chasqua and the Lamera and to choose an alternate way. Drew garners the help of the Winged-Groshin to assist and gain freedom and peace for everyone in Aqualor.

Grappling with their own inner demons, the Barrets and Trev witness Drew's journey to self-discovery as they find themselves on the most daunting adventure of their lives.

Return to Isle of the Shallows is a gripping, coming-of-age, fantasy adventure which addresses many themes specific to teens - anger, love, grief, courage, friendship, and belonging among others. Its most prominent theme is anger with ancillary themes of love and respect.

About the author
Debra A. White is the author of four children's books and one book of fiction. She writes and paints at her home in Central Florida where she lives with her husband. Debra was born in Nassau, Bahamas where she lived until finishing high school. She graduated from Rider College with a Business Degree and worked in the business and education fields until she married and had two children. At that point, she decided to put her efforts into their education. During this time, she converted into books four of the many children's bedtime stories she told her children at night and also made the commitment to complete her fantasy adventure novel, Return to Isle of the Shallows.

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