The Castaway Kids

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About the author:
Jon Stremel:
Born and raised in Southern California, Stremel has been writing/directing films, commercials, and plays since junior high school. While living in North Hollywood, CA, he attended The Pasadena Art Center College of Design where he received formal training in filmmaking, screenwriting and children's literature. He joined the Navy in 2010 and wrote a great deal of The Castaway Kids while on deployment in the Middle East. This is his first book. Stremel currently resides in Virginia Beach, VA.

Chris Graue:
A native of Torrance, California, Chris works with the custodial and youth ministries departments at his local church. In his spare time, he plays several instruments for various bands and spends all of his money on film projects. This is also his first book.

The Castaway Kids

and the Pirates of Zactrala Island

Authored by Jon Stremel, Chris Graue
Illustrated by Joseph Bagwell
Cover design or artwork by Dane Van Oort
Edited by Patti Foy

Danny Herrera is an overweight, 13-year-old misfit from San Francisco, California who lives with his lazy, bullying uncles. They decide to send Danny away to Fat Camp during his last summer before high school as a cruel punishment. Instead, Danny gathers his group of unlikely friends and devises a plan to steal a boat and escape their horrible situation in order to have the perfect summer they feel they deserve.

Rough seas, ruthless pirates, and a mysterious island turn Danny's pleasure cruise into a dangerous quest for survival he and his friends will never forget. Will this be the last summer for the Castaway Kids? Or can Danny become a strong leader and prove to everyone he's not a lost cause?

This book, now in its second edition, won the 2014 Indie Excellence award for best Young Adult Fiction.

Publication Date:
1492366625 / 9781492366621
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5" x 8"
Black and White with Bleed
Related Categories:
Fiction / Action & Adventure

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