Columbus: Eve Yohalem's "Cast Off"
Join us on Friday, May 15th at 4:30pm for the launch of Eve Yohalem's new book for middle grades, Cast Off: The Strange Adventures of Petra De Winter and Bram Broen!
It’s 1663, and twelve-year-old Petra sees only one way to escape her abusive father: She stows away on a merchant ship bound for the East Indies. But she quickly realizes that surviving for months at sea will be impossible without help. So when Bram, the illegitimate, half-Dutch/half-Javanese son of the ship’s carpenter, finds her hiding spot, Petra convinces him to help her stay hidden. As tensions rise on the ship, with pirate attacks, illness, and even mutiny, both Petra and Bram must make impossible decisions about friendship, loyalty, freedom, and survival. Told in alternating voices and filled with secrets and intrigue, this action-packed, richly researched novel is historical fiction at its best.
Eve Yohalem's prior books include Escape Under the Forever Sky, Grandpa Hates the Bird, and Starry Eyed. She lives in New York City with her family.