Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters

Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters

Margaret Dilloway Choong Yoon / Jun 19, 2019

Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters Xander Miyamoto would rather do almost anything than listen to his sixth grade teacher Mr Stedman drone on about weather disasters happening around the globe If Xander could do stuff he s good at in

  • Title: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters
  • Author: Margaret Dilloway Choong Yoon
  • ISBN: 9781484724873
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Xander Miyamoto would rather do almost anything than listen to his sixth grade teacher, Mr Stedman, drone on about weather disasters happening around the globe If Xander could do stuff he s good at instead, like draw comics and create computer programs, and if Lovey would stop harassing him for being half Asian, he might not be counting the minutes until the dismissal beXander Miyamoto would rather do almost anything than listen to his sixth grade teacher, Mr Stedman, drone on about weather disasters happening around the globe If Xander could do stuff he s good at instead, like draw comics and create computer programs, and if Lovey would stop harassing him for being half Asian, he might not be counting the minutes until the dismissal bell.When spring break begins at last, Xander plans to spend it playing computer games with his best friend, Peyton Xander s father briefly distracts him with a comic book about some samurai warrior that pops out of a peach pit Xander tosses it aside, but Peyton finds it interesting.Little does either boy know that the comic is a warning They are about to be thrust into the biggest adventure of their lives a journey wilder than any Xander has ever imagined, full of weird monsters even worse than Lovey To win at this deadly serious game they will have to rely on their wits, courage, faith, and especially, each other Maybe Xander should have listened to Mr Stedman about the weather after all Praise for Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters With phantasmagorical environments, flying white rats, a fire breathing bird, a giant, a snow demon, and other creepy things, there is abundant action This retelling of a Japanese folktale celebrates courage, friendship, and pride of heritage, while featuring unforgettable characters and leaving readers eager for the next installment in this new series Booklist A breathless retelling of the Japanese legend of Momotaro, this is an Asian version of Percy Jackson adventure fans will be waiting for Kirkus Though the story of Momotaro is familiar to every Japanese child, Dilloway seamlessly weaves necessary background information into the fast, action filled plot Xander, a Japanese American boy, hardly knows the legend himself, so readers learn along with him Xander s candid and straightforward first person narration will instantly resonate with middle grade readers, as will his story s themes of self acceptance and friendship Yoon s comic style illustrations evoke Xander s talent for drawing and bring welcome visual interest for reluctant readers This fast paced fantasy adventure with a foundation in Japanese culture is perfect for fans of Percy Jackson School Library Journal

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      • Margaret Dilloway Choong Yoon

        Margaret started writing in kindergarten, when she learned how Ever since then, she s used writing to work through problems and entertain Margaret writes books for children realistic and fantasy and adults women s fiction Her next novel, SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES, will be published in winter 2019 by Balzer Bray.She lives in San Diego with her family, two cats, and a big teddybear of a Goldendoodle named Gatsby, whose visage is featured in the MOMOTARO series.Her hobbies include performing long form improv, attempting to cook bake things, and dollhouse miniatures.Awards MOMOTARO XANDER AND THE LOST ISLAND OF MONSTERS Winner of the American Library Association s Asian Pacific American Librarian Honor Award THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS American Library Association s Literary Tastes Award for Best Women s Fiction


    1. I was thoroughly entertained throughout this entire book. I love the story of an unlikely hero – and I can’t imagine a more unlikely hero than Xander (at least in the way he has presented himself to us). Some of Xander’s shortcomings certainly have their origins in typical pre-teen insecurities, but as he compares himself to his classmates, Xander comes out lacking – in almost every field.I loved the dynamics between Xander and Peyton. Peyton, the athletic, good-looking, polite best frie [...]

    2. This is a fast-paced and exciting read that incorporates elements of Japanese folklore within a contemporary fantasy story. I really enjoyed the way the author updated the folk story to feel fresh and new, and I especially liked the main character, Xander, who faced both personal and epic struggles.

    3. I am a huge fan of Rick Riordan and the publisher Disney-Hyperion, so when I read the blurb of Xander of the Lost Island of Monsters I knew it was a book I had to get my hands on.Now, I realize that it is not by Rick Riordan, but it has the same idea/concept that he uses in his stories. Xander of the Lost Island of Monsters is a story set in today's world, the main character is a preteen, and the story encompasses Japanese folklore.Oh, yeah, I am also a huge fan of Japanese culture which is ANOT [...]

    4. Man, I am so glad this book is the first in a series, because after finishing it all I want is a whole pile of adventures with these adorable characters! This is a delightful, energetic romp into a world of monsters and magic and Japanese folklore. Xander is an ordinary kid (you know, bored at school, bullied by mean kids, mostly likes video games and hanging out with his best friend, etc.) and his normalness makes it all the more satisfying when he's shoved into an adventure of epic proportions [...]

    5. Flashback in the first ten? Check. Snarky teen too cool for school? Roger. Joseph Campbell's Hero Cycle? This is Disney--do you really need to ask--of course it follows. Endless list of First World Complaints? Believe it Mouseketeers. Did it pull the Star Wars franchise out of the toilet?Leave your resentments out of this, please.Sorry, DNF.

    6. I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've seen many people compare this book to the 'Percy Jackson' series. This is likely because both series are based on mythology, though the Percy Jackson series uses Greek mythology and Momotaro uses Japanese. The Percy Jackson series never managed to catch my interest. I liked it well enough but it wasn't something that I would rave about or care if I finished reading. I read the first three books, but dropped the series aft [...]

    7. When I first read the synopsis of Xander And The Lost Island Of Monsters, by Margaret Dilloway, I was immediately interested. This very Percy Jackson-esque story centers around Japanese mythology. Having lived in Japan for several years, I was hooked.While it WAS very much like the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan, I really enjoyed this book because it added some wonderful twists to the genre. It had a unique main character, insight into an exotic culture's traditions and stories, and a power [...]

    8. This is the story of Xander Miyamoto, and how he discovered he wasn't just a nerdy half-asian middle schooler. As it turns out, he's this generation's Momotaro, a sort of Japanese monster-hunter. Maybe he should have paid more attention to his father's stories about Japanese mythology.This is an engaging, well-written YA novel that mixes (as the back cover copy states) "Percy Jackson and Hayao Miyazaki." But really, that paints an incomplete picture, because the book really covers a remarkable a [...]

    9. MOMOTARO XANDER AND THE LOST ISLAND OF MONSTERS by Margaret Dilloway is a fantasy about a boy who discovers his legacy and sets off on a journey to find his place in the world.This first book in a new middle-grade series tells the story of a mixed race eighth-grader with a talent for drawing. Xander’s ordinary life is thrown into chaos when his father disappears. Xander soon finds out that he comes from a long line of Japanese warriors called Momotaro and must discover his talents to save his [...]

    10. Xander's voice instantly pulled me into this book. First, he's funny. Second, this is the only kind of "chosen one" fantasy I like — the kind where the chosen one is someone no one would ever believe is the chosen one, least of all that someone him/herself. Xander is a convincingly ordinary kid, and Dilloway gives him a compelling arc as he moves from low confidence and self-deprecation toward discovering his hidden potential.I also loved Xander's loyal friend, Peyton; and their ally of conve [...]

    11. This book definitely had a Percy Jackson feel, and I LOVED IT!!! Xander is your typical middle school kid, struggling with bullies and doodling in his notebooks in class and playing videogames with his best friend and so on. He was just so… relatable that I would read a sentence, say “Me,” read another sentence, and yell “SO RELATABLE!” to my family, who surely thinks that I am insane. It was so well paced, with brilliant twists and turns and all that good stuff. I could not put it dow [...]

    12. I received this book free from the publisher. Xander is a geeky, small, half-Japanese, half-White kid from California, into video games and drawing, and not into school. Weird climate events have been going on, but he's not too worried, until he, his friend, his dog, and his grandma are suddenly living at the edge of a massive ocean that has flooded everything. Suddenly he learns he is the Momotaro, and must sail to a realm of demons to save his family and his home. This reads like the author is [...]

    13. When strange things begin happening, Xander's father and grandmother are forced to reveal his startling legacy: he's the next Momotaro. Japanese folk lore and dreams of ancestors. Best friends and setting sail. Mixed heritage and a missing mother. Much is made of Xander's heritage (he's half Japanese), and the story incorporates common words/phrases, traditional clothing, creatures from Japanese folk lore, and (of course) the famous story of Momotaro. Perhaps since I'm no stranger to the culture [...]

    14. 4.5/5 StarsThis review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction AddictionThis book was absolutely perfect for us because of how excited my son has been about Japanese culture. None of us had ever heard the Japanese folktale that this book is based on—Momotaro (about a Japanese samurai who is found as a boy in a peach!), but we really enjoyed learning the tale right along with Xander and his best friend Peyton. When the book begins, Xander is an average, everyday kid who tends t [...]

    15. Xander & the Lost Island of Monsters was, at least for the first part, a calm and comfortable read. The writing style is such that it invites you to get comfy and curl up with a book. This might not be what the writer was going for, as it’s an adventure story, but I don’t see it as a bad thing. It’s an easy read, aimed at middle-graders, which meant I flew through the pages. When things did finally shift into high gear, I was fully immersed in the story and couldn’t wait to see what [...]

    16. Xander is, as far as he knows, normal. Which is why it comes as such a surprise to him when his father hands him a comic he supposedly drew (but doesn't remember) and tries to explain he's a descendant of the legendary Momotaro, the Peach Boy of Japanese mythology. Momotaro was an artist/warrior, and Xander . . . well, he draws. And he programs. But he's going to have to figure out the rest of it fast, because he's the only one available to stand up against the terrible oni bent on destroying th [...]

    17. Biracial boy discovers his family’s warrior destiny. Twelve-year-old Xander hates school because it is a) boring to his busy brain, b) his teacher seems to hate him, and c) he gets made fun of both for being half-Japanese and that his mother left his family. The only bright spots are his terrific abilities in computer class, his excellent drawing skills, and best friend Peyton. After an exceptionally weird day at school, Xander’s father offers him a previously unseen graphic novel about the [...]

    18. I have to admire the fact that Margaret Dilloway went through such lengths in order to write this book. However, for some reason whenever I think of an opinion for this book, my mind draws a blank, I don't know what to think about this. The idea is good, but nowhere did I ever stop and think about what I was reading, I just plowed right through like I couldn't be done fast enough. Actually it feels like it's taking all the stereotypes in books and thrown together into this, cause the word that c [...]

    19. Back when I read this in 2015 (I was extremely fortunate to get my hands on an advance proof, because my mom went to this thing, being an English teacher), I showed my friends the copyright as a prank. This book was reminiscent of Percy Jackson, but a bit more modern day. I like how each and every Momotaro has a unique power. A bit different from Rick Riordan's work, but that makes it cooler. Rick Riordan's is amazing, but I like other authors too. Recommended for fans of Percy Jackson and mytho [...]

    20. This book reminded me of Percy Jackson, only more unique. I haven't read a lot of stuff about Japanese folklore and found the monsters in this book fresh and interesting. One of the best children's books I've ever read.

    21. If you are a fan of Rick Riordan's style of writing, then this is your next read. Japanese mythology wrapped up in high adventure and a modern day "geek" is the main character. Can't wait for the next book.

    22. Advanced read copy- good action story. Something was always happening, and there was no point where I wanted to stop reading.

    23. Xander thought he was just a below average 6th grader with a tendency to daydream. But then in one day his drawings start coming to life (drawings he has no recollection of doing), a tsunami threatens his mountaintop home, and his grandma sends him off to rescue his dad who has been swept away. Oh, and she also tells him all those Japanese fairy tales he's been told are true, his dad and grandfather were both Momotaros, and now he's supposed to be the next Momotaro. Xander is the least athletic [...]

    24. Xander’s father and grandmother have always been very secretive about her family history and Japanese mythology. When Xander’s father gets kidnapped by Oni, Xander finds out that he is descended from the mythological being known as the Peach Man. Each subsequent male member of Miyamoto family is destined to fight the Oni King and prevent him from flooding Earth. Setting off to the Lost Island to save his father, Xander and his friend, Peyton, head across the sea that’s formed in Xander’s [...]

    25. This is a completely trippy story that kids, especially boys, will devour. Xander is a perfect hero for kids. He's small, weak, and plagued by self-doubt but he's also creative, brave, and loyal. His interests in drawing comics and playing and creating video games will also ring a bell with many kids. Peyton, makes a great best friend, the good looking, popular, strong, funny guy that every misfit wishes would be their ally. I really love the way Xander's family supports and loves him, especiall [...]

    26. I grew up with the Japanese folk tale of Momotaro, so this book caught my eye right away. What would a modern version be like? Dilloway doesn't disappoint. Xander is an ordinary 6th grader who only cares about video games until a tsunami reaches his mountain home and his father disappears. It turns out that he's a descendant of the original Peach Boy, born to fight the demons who are behind some really sudden changes in the climate. His grandmother believes in Xander, even though he's a total wi [...]

    27. A very sweet story about a boy who is not great at school, not great at athletics, and very self-conscious about being mixed-race (white-Asian) in a very all-white small town. But then Xander discovers an amazing family secret, and comes into his own unique blend of superpowers, which he uses to rescue his father from monsters and save the whole world. Some important subplots deal with Xander's best friend who has rigid and controlling parents, and a girl who was abandoned by her mother and has [...]

    28. This was enjoyable. It was the typical eleven-year-old-boy-discovers-he's-the-chosen-one-and-saves-the-day tale, but Xander and his pals are well-written and fun. There's lot to learn still about the backstory and the future of the series has lots to work with. The story is rooted in Japanese folklore and there is some great discussion of living in two different cultures at once with the Japanese family and the non-Japanese world around them. It was quite a page-turner and I didn't want to put i [...]

    29. Dilloway sets a great tone in the beginning of the book, bringing all of the characters to life in a very real way. Xander is a pretty typical kid with pretty typical teen problems. But he learns the hard way that he is Momotaro - a type of Japanese superhero - when his world is turned upside down. His father is sucked into the World of the Oni, and Xander, along with his dog and his best friend go on a quest to save him. The ending seems to speed up too much and get a bit wonky. I wish Dilloway [...]

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