Castaways: Stories of Survival

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Harper Collins, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 160 pages
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How can a castaway survive on a tiny island that's nothing but sand -- no fresh water, no vegetation, no animals, just sand? How can another manage to face down a crocodile, a shark, and the bizarre beasts that roam his stange deserted island and prey on his imagination? And what can a third do when he finds himself adrift one hundred miles from land, surrounded by ocean and sky -- and ghosts?

Here are six unforgettable tales of people who are set upon by raging weather, swooping seas, hunger, thirst, wild animals, overwhelming loneliness, and, harshest of all, thier own inner demons. Based on historical accounts and legends and seasoned with Gerald Hausmann's own experiences as a Sea Scout and long-distance swimmer, these exciting stories are fired with desperation, chilled with haunting breezes . . . and warmed by the sweet peace of survival.


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Action takes a back seat to psychodrama in these six original sea tales. Hausman embroiders old yarns and historical incidents into studies of how being a sole survivor of disaster, or alone on a long ... Read full review


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Gerald Hausman, born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1945, grew up in New Jersey and Massachusetts. He graduated from college in New Mexico and continued to live there for two decades. During that time, he had a summer residence on the island of Jamaica where he and his wife, Loretta, founded a school for creative writing. Mr. Hausman has lived in Bokeelia, Florida since 1994. In addition to his many books about Native America, Gerald Hausman has written extensively about animal mythology. His work as a folklorist has earned him many national and international honors. Gerald's most recent award is from the Florida Magazine Association for his column "Pine Island Soundings" about life on a barrier island.

Gerald Hausman is a frequent storyteller at college writers programs and at young authors conferences. Recently, he performed at the Young Authors Conference in Kaiserslautern, Germany as a guest of Department of Defense Dependent Schools. His lively presentations, complete with a myriad of sound effects, have earned him praise from storytellers, speakers, writers, and listeners.

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