Nancy Garfield Woodbridge Releases 'The Islanders'

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New children's book offers a tale of friendship that crosses the boundaries of age and race.

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A delightful tale that speaks volumes about the struggles of a young man who braves the odds of a harsh world

Is it really possible for humanity to live harmoniously amidst so many cultural and racial differences? How do these issues affect individuals, especially children? Can children be taught to understand and cope with the many human differences they encounter? In her newest children's book, author Nancy Garfield Woodbridge explores these questions through the story of "The Islanders" (published by Xlibris).

Marco is from Jamaica. At the young age of 12, he is uprooted from his homeland to live with his parents on Strawberry Island, off the coast of Maine. Back home, he had friends and many relatives; but it seems like he is not welcome in Maine, his new home. Bullied and avoided, he feels terribly alone. But all that changes when he is befriended by Jacob, an old lobster fisherman who teaches him how to use his boat and tells him about his many journeys to different parts of the world, including Jamaica. Jacob and Marco become friends despite their age difference. Later Marco finds Flanders, a new friend who defends him from the bullies.

A delightful tale that speaks volumes about the struggles of a young man who braves the odds of a harsh world, "The Islanders" is a tale of true friendship that transcends the differences of age and life experience. It also relates to socially relevant issues of today such as immigration and racism told to young readers in a way they can easily grasp and understand.

Suspense fills the narrative as Marco discovers one day that Jacob is missing. Marco launches a boat into a winter storm in a desperate search to find Jacob. Subtly honest yet powerfully insightful, this book offers wisdom and entertainment for young and old readers everywhere.

“The Islanders”
By Nancy Garfield Woodbridge
Hardcover | 6x9in | 160 pages | ISBN 9781503535848
Softcover | 6x9in | 160 pages | ISBN 9781503535855
E-Book | 160 pages | ISBN 9781503535862
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Nancy Garfield Woodbridge authored the picture storybooks “The Tuesday Elephant” and “The Dancing Monkey.” She also directed several projects for Girl Scouts of the USA: “Worlds to Explore,” “A Handbook for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts,” “Careers to Explore” and “From Dreams to Reality, a Career Education Program,” as well as “Juvenile Justice.” On scholarship, she received a BA in literature from Bennington College in Vermont. She graduated with an MS in education from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Nancy Garfield Woodbridge has been writing since she first held a pen at age 8 when she wrote her first novel. She has recently published “A Bouquet of Fairy Tales,” “Hilary and the Secret Skulls,” “Poems in Exile,” “Stories from Around the World” and “More Stories from Around the World.” “Arctic Butterfly” and “Suns of Darkness” will be published in 2015.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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