Don’t Be Foolish!

It may be April Fool’s Day, but Lisa Doan’s not fooling: her new book pubs today, and she’s giving away three copies.  Jack the Castaway is the first book in a fun new adventure series.

jack castawayFrom Amazon: Jack’s parents have been chased out of Tokyo, gone broke in Greece, and hosted Nairobi’s least successful safari. Next they’re taking Jack to the Caribbean, whether Jack wants to go or not. The Berensons have devised their latest get-rich-quick scheme – a new sport called ‘drift-snorkeling.’ With these experienced world travelers at the helm, what could go wrong?
Jack’s used to staying indoors and not taking chances. When his parents take him out on the water, he ends up shipwrecked. Now Jack has to survive on a tropical island…and avoid a whale shark that’s cruising along his beach.

Lisa stopped by the Mixed Up Files to tell us a little about herself and her own adventurous life:

Lisa Doan received a master’s degree in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her travels in Africa and Asia and the eight years she spent living in the Caribbean inspired the international settings of The Berenson Schemes. In the first of the series, Jack the Castaway, Jack is embroiled in his parent’s latest get-rich-quick scheme and promptly stranded alone on a deserted island. Lisa has hatched her own share of harebrained schemes, including backpacking alone from Morocco to Kenya; hitchhiking across the Sahara with Nigeran car dealers; sauntering off on an ill-advised, one-person walking safari; and opening a restaurant with no actual knowledge of restaurants beyond eating in them. Lisa’s occupations have included master scuba diving instructor, international vagabond, New York City headhunter, television show set medic, restaurant owner and deputy prothonotary of a county court. Thankfully, she does not have children. (Or if she does, cannot remember where she put them.) Visit her at

Lisa is giving away three copies of Jack! Please leave a comment below to enter the drawing.


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Tricia is the author of many books for middle grade, most recently "Every Single Second" (HarperCollins) and the third book in the Cody series, "Cody and the Rules of Life" (Candlewick Press). A frequent speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences, she lives in Cleveland OH. You can find out more about her and her work at
  1. Sounds fun

  2. What a fun way to teach kids geography!