William Pene du Bois
Newberry Honor Award 1948
William Waterman Sherman: William is a very adventurous character. He likes to fly in hot air balloons. In fact his goal is to travel around the whole world in one. William is also a risk taker. Flying in a hot air balloon is very unpredictable and you never know what is going to happen. He is very patient and accepts whatever life throws at him.
Mr. F: Mr. F is a very caring and unique person. Mr. F was right there when William crashed on the mysterious island of Krakatoa and helped him adjust to there interesting way of life. Mr. F enjoys a wealthy life style with creativity and meaning. He also enjoys a lot of excitement and takes pleasure in the many extraordinary inventions that they have on the island.
Mr. M: Mr. M is the founder of the island Kraktoa. Mr. M was shipwrecked on the island because of a tremendous hurricane. When he discovered that is island was the perfect place to live because of the diamond minds and the privacy he decided that 20 other families that he chose including himself would move to this island and start there very own society.
The Authors point of view: First Person
Setting: The book takes place in San Francisco, August-October 1883. It also takes place on the island of Krakatoa in the 1880s.
Plot: A Man named William Waterman Sherman was planning on traveling around most of the world in a hot air balloon. The first couple of day went pretty good a bird came and ripped a hole in his balloon forcing him to crash on the mysterious island of Krakatoa. There and man named Mr. F helped him around the island. He showed them the pristine life style they have there. Mansions, many restaurants, and an endless amount of diamonds. William was forced to stay on the island because Mr. F was afraid he would tell someone about it. At first it was a little hard for William to get used to but as he saw the great wonders of the island he started to like...