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I am luckier than most. I was born here, so I never had to know the name-calling, the spitting in the street. My nanay was already carrying me when they came for her, though she didn’t know it until she stepped from the boat a month after leaving home and felt a flutter in her stomach, like wings. Me, growing.
Nanay was one of the first to arrive, was brought even before the eagle. She helped build it when I was small, barely tumbled from her and wrapped tightly on to her back. When they plucked the sun-bleached coral rocks from the shore they were just stones. Now, they are a bird.

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From the bestselling author of The Girl of Ink & Stars comes an irresistibly poetic, bittersweet and heartbreaking tale of finding your way home. 

Amihan lives on Culion Island, where some of the inhabitants including her mother – have leprosy. Ami loves her home with its blue seas and lush forests, Culion is all she has ever known. But the arrival of malicious government official Mr Zamora changes her world forever: islanders untouched by sickness are forced to leave. Banished across the sea, she's desperate to return, and finds a strange and fragile hope in a colony of butterflies. Can they lead her home before it's too late?

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'Rooted in real events but with a twist of magic, The Island at the End of Everything is a tale about friendship and finding your way home. Writing Ami’s story was an exercise in learning to see the world differently, as well as taking my readers on an exciting adventure through an island’s dark past.'

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