This recommended read is the children's book 'Kensuke's Kingdom' by Michael Morpurgo. To me, this is the ultimate children's book. I have yet to come across a child who does not love this story. It appeals to boys and girls, has adventure, danger, a desert island, and is a story of survival. Think 'Castaway' with Tom Hanks in, but for children.
If you have any children or need to buy a gift for a relative, this is an absolute classic. I'd recommend it for 9-12 year olds, but it would be suitable to read to 7 to 8 year olds as well, they just may need a little help. If you're a parent and read with your child before bedtime this is perfect because Michael Morpurgo really understands how children want to be kept on their toes in a book. Virtually every paragraph ends in a cliffhanger to keep you hanging on for more.
Even if you don't have children, or a child in your life, to buy this for read it!