Dr Franklin's Island by Ann Halam
The book I am going to be writing about is called Dr Franklins Island
by Ann Halam. The book is about 3 kids, Semirah (Semi), Miranda and
Arnie. They won a science competition by Planet Savers to go to Quito.
During the journey on the plane, the plane crashed and only Semi,
Miranda and Arnie survived. They ended up on the island where they
were about to be the next victims of genetic engineering because of
two evil scientists called Dr Skinner and Dr Franklin.
Key themes that are brought in this book is having evil scientists
that always have a new plan on their mind and are always up to
something. It is also about stranded survivors that have to save their
lives from these evil scientists or else their life is fatal. Lastly
the story has a little on the good side, this meaning that not all
aspects in the book are bad and there are good times when Dr Skinner
tries to help Semi and Miranda not be killed, because he has a slight
sensitivity towards children who are about to suffer and is not just a
bad person but does have a good side unlike Dr Franklin.
Characters in the book
· Semi: In this book Semi is a chubby girl (but not fat).She is a shy
girl. I know this because it says "Hold on Semirah, what if you win,
you know you are shy". Her actual name is Semirah but her nickname is
Semi. She is quite an intelligent girl and is mostly is like a nerd.
She wears glasses and gets called names like "Semi the semi-sighted"
She loves homework especially science as you can tell from reading the
story. She has a brother. She isn't a talkative person because she is
shy, but when she gets along with someone she does talk. She doesn't
have many friends just the odd one or two partly why she doesn't talk
much. As the story progresses she makes friends mainly with Miranda
but also Arnie.
· Arnie: Arnie is a fragile person to Semi and Miranda but he can get
annoying after a while when he gets impatient and starts imitating and
calling names like "Semi the semi-sighted" and after a while it does
get annoying. Arnie is a fat and chubby person who loves to play on
the game boy and is a game boy fan. He is a shy person in the
beginning but does talk confidently once the conversation has
broadened and talks as if he was talking to a friend.
· Miranda: Miranda in this book is the "very cool girl" and is the
coolest of them all. She has "dark black hair and long brown legs" she
is an extremely confident girl compared to the rest and is hardly
scared of anything. She is also a determined person as always wants to
do something or the other.
Miranda, Semi and Arnie ended up together on the island together by
when the plane crash occurred they all fell into the water, most
children died but Semi, Miranda and Arnie saw the island near by and