The Echo Park Castaways (Hardcover)

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From the author of The Other Boy comes a poignant and heartfelt novel that explores what it means to be a family. Perfect for fans of Counting by 7s.

Nevaeh, Vic, and Mara are veterans of the Los Angeles foster care system. For over a year they’ve been staying with Mrs. K in Echo Park. Vic spends most of his time living in a dream world, Mara barely speaks, and Nevaeh is forced to act as a back-up parent. Though their situation isn’t ideal, it’s still their best home yet.

Then Child Protective Services places Quentin in the house, and everything is turned upside down. Nevaeh really can’t handle watching over anyone else, especially a boy on the autism spectrum. Meanwhile, Quentin is having trouble adjusting and attempts to run away.

So when Vic realizes Quentin just wants to see his mom again, he plans an “epic quest” to reunite them. It could result in the foster siblings getting sent to different group homes. But isn’t family always worth the risk?

About the Author

M. G. Hennessey loves Star Wars, the San Francisco Giants, strawberry ice cream, and dancing (not necessarily in that order). If she could choose one superpower, it would be flying. A supporter of the Transgender Law Center, Gender Spectrum, and the Human Rights Campaign, she lives in Los Angeles with her family. Visit her on the web at

Praise For…

“Authentic. Sweet and sad, but with enough action to keep realistic fiction readers invested until the end.”
— School Library Journal

“Adventure with ample heart. Hennessey is honest about the realities of deportation and foster care but manages to create a believably gentle conclusion for her characters.”
— Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062427694
ISBN-10: 0062427695
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2019
Pages: 208
Language: English