Teachers are often encouraged to make sure other voices and cultures are part of the curriculum. The true voice of an abandoned kid who was one of the last “lifers” in an American orphanage might qualify as a different voice and culture and be an interesting exercise of contrast with other books of teenage angst.
Here’s what a 25-year veteran high school English teacher had to say about this story after her seven, 12th grade classes read a draft copy of Castaway Kid: “This is an amazing work of contemporary literature that explores universal themes of loneliness, rejection, anger, bitterness, and the need for forgiveness. I was surprised by the wide range of different responses and especially how honestly the boys responded and became fully engaged.” Mrs. D. Hoots, Weslyan Academy, High Point, NC.
Listen to Mrs. Hoots discuss Castaway Kid:
3.5 minutes -- 25-year High School English teacher responds to the book: Castaway Kid
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Click here to read how 12th grade students actually helped edit Castaway Kid!
If you’re an educator in English, literature, sociology, psychology, or juvenile justice, I hope you’ll consider using this true story as an optional reading assignment. I stand side-by-side with you in trying to help students become all they can be.
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This true story encompasses teenage angst and despair while offering hope to youths struggling to rise above their childhoods. Yet it also contains some of the adventure and romance teens long for. Many readers have said that the fast pace and cliff hanging chapters involved them so intensely they were often carried into deep emotional waters without having time to raise their defenses. Click here to read how 12th grade students actually helped edit Castaway Kid!
Click here to watch teens discuss their reactions to Castaway Kid.
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