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ISBN 10: 1561634921 / ISBN 13: 9781561634927
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Title: Castaways

Publisher: NBM Publishing

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:GOOD

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The first graphic novel by the best-selling team of Bluesman. An emotionally powerful tale, drawn from the fabric of America itself, that follows the adventures of young Tucker Freeman as he is compelled to hop a train to escape from the crippling poverty of his rural existence.

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Grade 5 Up–Originally published in 2002, The Castaways makes its debut in a beautiful hardcover edition with a new epilogue. Set during the Great Depression, it tells the story of Tucker Freeman, 13, who is forced to follow in his father's footsteps and brave the life of a hobo. His first attempt at jumping a train is successful but terrifying, and when he arrives at the train yard, he puts his faith in Elijah Hopkins, an African-American professional 'bo who serves as Tucker's mentor. Through him, Tucker finds the strength to carve his own path in life. Vollmar and Callejo vividly create a world of travelers searching for work, parents who can't afford to feed their children, and prejudice that is only overlooked by kindred spirits of the road. The struggles of so many families become relevant when seen through Tucker's eyes, and the story of his own growth is poignant. The art, done in black, white, and blue, places the story solidly in its period and setting while truthfully portraying a wide range of human emotions. Fans of historical fiction, or classic novels by writers like Mark Twain and John Steinbeck, will find much to love in The Castaways, and graphic-novel buffs who like a little more depth in their comics will be extremely pleased.–Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT
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