Castaway Kid (Novel)

Book Release: August 1, 2010
Castaway Kid (Novel)


Abandoned by his parents when he was just three years old, Rob Mitchell began his journey as one of the last “lifers” in an American orphanage. As Rob’s loneliness and rage grew, his hope shrank. Would he ever find a real family or a place to call home? Heartbreaking, heartwarming, and ultimately triumphant, this true story shows how, with faith, every person can leave the past behind and forge healthier, happier relationships.

Dove Review

R. B. Mitchell is an extraordinarily successful husband, father, and businessman who overcame an extraordinarily painful past. “Castaway Kid” is Rob’s story.

No one gets to choose the family or culture into which they are born. But, as our lead character eventually discovers, we can choose how to respond to the most challenging circumstances.

“Castaway Kid “is the true story of Robby, a 3 year-old child who was abandoned by a suicidal father and alcoholic mother and turned over to the “system” where he spent the next 14 agonizingly lonely years.

During his journey through teen years into adulthood, Rob was impacted by several key people who helped him balance the difficulties in life with faith and unconditional love. Because of a loving grandma, a caring dorm mother and a beautiful blonde young girl he met along the way, Rob began to learn how to trust in others beyond himself; especially a heavenly Father who would never leave or forsake him.

“Castaway Kid” will take you through the struggles of an innocent young orphan who grows, rebelliously at first, into a fine young man with a heart full of forgiveness fired by a passion to reach out and serve other castaway kids much like him.

The Dove Foundation is delighted to award “Castaway Kid” the Dove Family Approved Seal and recommend it to audiences ages 12 and above.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing
Language: A few mild expletives and pejoratives
Violence: Spanking: Hitting; Slapping: Kids fighting
Drugs: an adult alcoholic
Nudity: none
Other: Mention of a suicide; Some kid mischief; Learning respect for God; Unconditional love


Company: Tyndale Publishing Company
Genre: Fiction
Industry Rating: YoungAdult
Reviewer: Dick Rolfe