Chosen for inclusion in the reading list for the 2006 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award
Nominated for the 2005 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Book
Fifteen-year-old Brodie and his father are sailing aboard their small yacht in the Caribbean, just off Colombia, when his father is lost overboard in the middle of the night. By the time Brodie discovers what has happened, he realizes he is all alone. If his father is to survive, Brodie must find him.
He soon learns that his father is being held captive by kidnappers who believe him to be a rich businessman, instead of the poor single dad he is. The suspenseful, fast-paced story of Brodie’s quest will take him and readers into the dark world of Colombian drug traffickers, guerillas, and paramilitaries set against jungle, mountain, and sea. Brodie’s wild adventure grips the reader from the first moment to the satisfying conclusion.
About Curtis Parkinson
Curtis Parkinson grew up in Kingston, Ontario. He graduated from Queen's University in chemical engineering and worked in South America and in Canada for many years. Then he moved to the Caribbean to live on a sailboat and to write, a lifelong dream. As Curtis says, "Many rejections later, the cat fell off the boat one night, and the cat's story became my first book, Tom Foolery."
More picture books and short stories followed, then five young adult novels.
Curtis's first novel was Storm-Blast, the story of three lost teens adrift in the vast Caribbean Sea. Next came Sea Chase, a tale of a boy's desperate search for his father, missing from their sailboat in the night. Both were nominated for Red Cedar Awards, and Sea Chase for the Arthur Ellis Award as well.
Domenic's War, Curtis's third novel, is based on the true story of a 12-year-old Italian boy caught in the midst of one of the fiercest battles of World War II. It was nominated for a Silver Birch Award, and has been translated into Italian.
Death in Kingsport, published in 2007, is a murder mystery featuring a 15-year-old sleuth, Neil, his sidekick, Graham, and new friend Crescent in a town where nothing is as it seems.
Just out, another exciting murder mystery with Neil, Graham and Crescent. The Castle on Deadman's Island tells the story of a mysterious disappearance, a castle with a curse, and a most unusual will, a will that leads to murder and mayhem.
Bibliography — Curtis Parkinson
Young Adult Novels
The Castle on Deadman's Island (Tundra), 2009
Death in Kingsport (Tundra), 2007
Domenic's War (Tundra), 2006
Sea Chase (Tundra), 2004
Storm-Blast (Tundra), 2003
Emily's Eighteen Aunts (Fitzhenry), 2002
Mr. Reez's Sneezes (Annick), 1999
Tom Foolery (Bradbury Press) , 1993
Wings, appeared in First Times, short story collection (Tundra), 2007
The Double-Ender, appeared in The Antigonish Review, 1993
The Reluctant Alien, appeared in The New Quarterly, 1993