Will Poole’s Island


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In a walled English village crouched at the edge of a North American wilderness believed to be inhabited by monsters and devil-worshipping savages, Will Poole has a different way of thinking. 

“Immersive  . . . This riveting portrayal of early Colonial New England shines a speculative but compelling light on the time and place.” — Kirkus Reviews

While hunting a black she-wolf that has been raiding the plantation’s flocks, he encounters Squamiset, an English-speaking native who has a profound impact on his life. 

“Tim Weed’s Will Poole’s Island is a doorway to an earlier world when the United States existed as a borderless tract of land whose dimensions could hardly be imagined. This is a superb novel, written with truth and daring at its core.” — Joseph Monninger, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and author of The World as We Know It

Will Poole’s Island is a tale of friendship, adventure, mystery, and wonder in which a young man discovers that he is destined for more than the narrow existence his culture and upbringing led him to expect.

“It’s been so long since I felt like a little girl in love with books again. Treasure Island, Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Yearling, lazing around on a spot of sunshine totally engrossed in this other, historical world, that’s how I feel about Will Poole’s Island.” — Suzanne Kingsbury, author of The Summer Fletcher Greel Loved Me

vprVermont Public Radio interviewed Tim about early America, the genesis of Will Poole’s Island, and new perspectives on the Thanksgiving myth. Click here for the podcast and transcript.

In March 2015, Will Poole’s Island was named to the prestigious Bank Street College of Education’s list of the Best Books of the Year. The novel was an Editors’ Pick in the fall 2014 edition of award-winning Middlebury Magazine, and was an August 2014 Pick of the Month at one of the world’s great independent bookstores, Nantucket Bookworks.

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Hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions were released in 2014 by Namelos Editions, where the book’s editor was the excellent Stephen Roxburgh, formerly the founding editor or Front Street Books. Click to read Stephen’s entertaining account of his work as Roald Dahl’s editor for The Witches.

Click here to read reviews. Click here to read an excerpt from the novel. Librarians, book club organizers, and teachers: download the Discussion Guide and the Historical Timeline.

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Will Poole's Island