"This is a truly remarkable and valuable book—the finest account of firsthand work with troubled and "anti-social" youth since August Aichhorn's Wayward Youth….The tenth chapter, with its Faulknerian entry into a tortured mind driven to torture, is a masterpiece of psychological analysis."
—Robert Coles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Children in Crisis, from the Foreword
Castaways is not only an insightful introduction to a major social problem – it is a compelling story in its own right. I believe it is must reading for anyone concerned about juvenile delinquency
—Charles B. Rangel, Chairman of the House Select Committee on Narcotics and Substance Abuse Control
Since 1973 the Penikese Island School has continued to challenge the odds, take risks, and keep its vision. The result has been a significant contribution to the lives of troubled youth.
—Edward J. Loughran, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services
This is a notable document, both for its obvious frankness and the refreshing voice of its author. The story of Penikese Island is a convincing antidote to tv-inspired notions about miraculous cures for troubled children. It has the ring of truth…There's a lot of old-fashioned virtue in it, and I imagine most readers will feel glad, as I did, that there are people like Mr. Cadwalader around.
—Tracy Kidder, author of The Soul of a New Machine and House
A graphic, brutally honest and engrossing account.
—The Washington Post
Raunchy, often wildly funny, despite the sobering message..