Project Description


The Last Castaways

by Harry Horse

A routine holiday for Grandfather and his canine sidekick Roo turns into an adventure when the two join an expedition to find the Door to the Sea.

Sailing aboard the good ship Unsinkable, the intrepid explorers endure high waves, tall tales, and deteriorating table manners. Finally, the adventurers reach their destination, pulling in boatloads of codfish with their nets, all the while keeping an eye out for a glimpse of the mighty King Cod himself. Then disaster strikes and the Unsinkable is sinking! Grandfather and Roo abandon ship. But how will they find their way out of the briny deep now that they are lost at sea?

Author-illustrator Harry Horse tells this hilarious, original story through a recovered ship log and a series of letters written by Grandfather to his grandchild back home. Horse’s winsome pen-and-ink illustrations capture the charmingly eccentric personalities of Grandfather and his delightful canine companion. The result is a fanciful tale that will delight young and old alike.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-439-6
Publication Date: 4/1/2009
Page Count: 128
Size: 5-1/2″ x 7-1/2″
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English
AR Level: 4.7
F&P: GRL P, Gr 3, Genre F
Lexile: 750L
Themes: Fantasy, Letters, Shipwreck, Travel
BISAC 1: JUV044000 JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Intermediate
BISAC 2: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 3: JUV001000 JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General


“Young readers will thoroughly enjoy this sailor’s yarn…” ―Booklist

“Packed with silly hijinks and fantastical creatures, this last of the Lasts (The Last Cowboys, 2008, etc.), with its endearing duo of grandfather and Roo, delivers fun for readers new to chapter books.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Horse’s illustrations and marginalia add humor to this whimsical tale of two friends at sea.” ―School Library Journal

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Harry Horse wrote and illustrated many books for children, including the popular Little Rabbit picture books and several Middle Grade novels. He was also a political cartoonist for several national newspapers in the United Kingdom. He passed away in 2007.