Castaways

Castaways

by Rob Vollmar, Pablo G. Callejo
     
 

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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. Armed with only fifteen cents and the memory of his occasional hobo

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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. Armed with only fifteen cents and the memory of his occasional hobo father’s counsel, Tucker must find his place in this broken America of the Great Depression before the realities of being young, poor, and homeless consume him.

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VOYA - Leslie Baker
Tucker Freeman has decided to leave home and make his own way in the world. He does not want to, but the widow who cares for his younger siblings while his mother works has declared that he needs to earn his keep. In 1932 there is not much work available, even for a willing thirteen-year-old, so Tucker hops the train. He quickly is befriended by a cantankerous old hobo who shows him the ropes and helps him to survive his first adventure away from home. This graphic novel is filled with historical tidbits that can send a reader looking for more about the Depression Era in the United States. The only color in the book is the blue-gray that serves as the background and creates a wistful drabness that echoes the work's theme. Although it is a short tale, many teen readers may find it slow reading because there is so much historical context with which they might not be familiar. It would make an excellent accompaniment to any study of the Depression. The portrayal is honest and fairly true to life, as the author explains in his epilogue. This honesty leads to scenes to which might disturb some readers. For example, Tucker shares a cigarette with his hobo mentor. Although this graphic novel will not be for every reader, it certainly has plenty to offer those who are willing to spend a quiet moment with it.
School Library Journal

Gr 5 & Up - Originally published in 2002, The Castawaysmakes 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561634927
Publisher:
N B M Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Pages:
74
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

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