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The Island Queen

R. M. Ballantyne

Book Overview: 

The story of Dominic, Otto and Pauline Rigonda, three siblings who are blown onto an island after being shipwrecked, and are later joined by the immigrant passengers and crew of a ship that is wrecked on the same island. When the question of government comes up, the little colony chooses a queen, and they work on improving the island for some time, despite internal dissensions, and an attack by savages. But eventually the colony encounters natural forces it cannot resist, and the queen and her family return to England, hopefully to live "happily ever after".

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Odd, very odd, but she must turn up soon.”

Pauline saw nothing more after that for some time, because her eyes were blinded with tears.

Then Queen Pina cheered up again, for she thought that surely a ship would soon pass the island and take them off. As this last thought became more definite (for Pina was very young and hopeful) her eyes dried and permitted her to observe her kingdom more clearly.

The Prime Minister, she observed, was still busy on the shore, and, from his frequently stooping to pick up something, she argued that the affairs of State in that quarter were prospering.

Presently, from the midst of a mass of reeds not far off, there arose a shout, easily recognisable as that of the army, which was followed by cries of a stupendous, yet extremely familiar, kind. Pauline started up in considerable haste, and a moment later beheld the chief authors of the noise burst from the clump of reeds in the form of a large sow and a troop of little. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It was an enjoyable read. There was plenty of adventure, and the setting was intriguing. Probably not one that I will read over and over, but it has piqued my interest for the 7 other Ballantyne novels on my shelf. If there is a fault with this book I would say that perhaps the main characters we...more

This book is so much fun. Dominick, Pauline, and Otto are great main characters. Each of the siblings has their own personality and character strengths. As girls have little appearance in most Ballantine books, I appreciate Pauline's character especially.
Unlike Ballantine's similar book, The Cora...more

I liked this one a lot, though all of his books are good. This is probably the only story where a girl is involved in it as much as Paulina is.

This was an interesting classic read. I always enjoy the language used in a good classic.

Girls don't often feature in Ballantyne adventures (other than the odd one that needs saving) but this one had a main female character.

Obviously because of the period it was written (think this is 1880s?) there is an element of Christianity throughout the book. I find all Ballantyne bookls tend...more

This was a very exciting, and cute story. So many characters, yet all are very well done, and don't get lost. There was always something new happening, and it was never boring. It has some very adult themes, but is written in a way that both adults and children could read and enjoy the book toget...more

I had 'The Island Queen' by R.M. Ballantyne sitting on my shelf, left untouched, for some months before I picked it up one Saturday morning not too long ago and started reading it (randomly. I do this sometimes - haha!). The beginning line has such a poetic, scene-setting touch that I decided to...more