The Castaways by Iain Lawrence
(Curse of the Jolly Stone Trilogy)

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ADRIFT AT SEA, Tom Tin and his four convict companions are only too glad when they come upon a deserted ship. The boys clamber aboard, not knowing whether they've been saved or set on a course toward doom. But after rescuing two men stranded on a melting iceberg, Tom begins to suspect that these unsavory sailors are dangerous castaways from this very vessel. The more Tom questions the men, the more they dislike him. So, when Tom overhears them plotting to get rid of him, he knows they mean it. But the other boys don't feel threatened - at least not until the sailors attempt to sell them as slaves, a decision that ends with death for some . . . and with Tom sailing the ship home to England.

Soon Tom discovers that he has to cast away every ill-intentioned companion from his voyage home before he can truly be free.

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About Iain Lawrence

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Iain Lawrence is the author of many acclaimed novels.
Published November 13, 2007 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 258 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The ruthless merchant prince isn’t Tom’s only challenge either, as the young traveler generally finds himself in desperate straits, including but not limited to long stretches of drifting helplessly aboard an abandoned ship with a cargo of dead slaves and rotting food, battling a cleaver-wielding...

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Tom thinks debtor’s prison, murder, prison ships, creatures and cannibals are all because of the Jolly Stone curse.

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