Rob Vollmar & Pablo Callejo
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.
This new NBM/ComicsLit edition of THE CASTAWAYS features a six page conclusion/epilogue not featured in the original release as well as a new two-color look, and will stand as THE definitive edition of a book nominated for an Eisner in the Best Single Issue/One Shot category in 2002. An epic adventure recalling the works of Mark Twain, Jack London, and John Steinbeck.
"A beautiful hardcover. 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." -School Library Journal
"Recommended" -Library Journal
"An attractive expanded and color-enhanced version. Vollmar's script, based on family reminiscenes, rings true. Callejo's art creates a solid setting in which Tucker's experience can reveal squalor or grace."
"Beautiful, powerful vision of a different era. Even readers reluctant to pick up a book about American history will be pulled into this adventure of deep longing and honor." -Booklist Starred Review
TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVEL FOR YOUTH 2007 -Booklist
6x9, 64pp., 2 colors, clothbound jacketed, $17.95
Trade paperback: 6x9, 64pp., 2 colors trade pb., $11.95