Philip's birthday is ruined by the news that he and his family must leave their home in the Outer Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland, and move south to a large and noisy city on the mainland. Philip is afraid he will never return to the island he loves. But then an unexpected visitor to the city gives him hope that one day he will go back. Leaving the Island is one of thirteen books that make up Independent Reading Level B, for children in Year 4/Primary 5. This phase of Cambridge Reading aims to extend children's reading tastes and understanding of language features, and motivate them to enjoy reading. The book has black and white illustrations, helping to make the book accessible and attractive to its target readership.