Read this with the kids, and we all enjoyed it. It was quite interesting to imagine having an entire island all to oneself—both the good and bad parts of that. It really lit up my 7-year-old daughter's imagination, especially.
Not long before we finished, I read that it was based on a true story, and a bit about the real woman. I have to admit, that kind of detracted from the value of the story for me. At the end of the book, it basically shifts over into that real-life story, and we all lost interest at that point. Fortunately, it was the last chapter. And it didn't mar the overall experience of the book.