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Girl Island by Kate Castle, award-winning author

'A tense page-turner that shows adolescent humanity at its best and worst.'

- Kirkus Reviews

Kate's debut novel Girl Island - winner of two Golden Crown Literary Society 'Goldie' awards (Debut Novel and Young Adult Fiction) is an bestselling contemporary Young Adult adventure.


Six teenage girls survive a plane crash on a deserted island.

Removed from civilised society, can they challenge class, identity, and toxic femininity to pull together and survive? Or will they descend into savagery?

Seventeen-year-old farm girl Ellery is used to being alone; used to taking care of herself. After she wins an athletics scholarship to a prestigious new school, she finds herself facing her own personal nightmare – stuck on a plane with a bunch of mean girls, the school dork and her ex-best friend. But when the plane crashes and they find themselves alone on a deserted island, the real challenge begins.

As they fight for survival, long-buried secrets are uncovered and – one by one – each girl’s true character emerges. Can friendships, like fires, be relit? And can Ellery survive on Girl Island?

'Mean Girls meets Lord of the Flies. I loved it.'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'A great read. I couldn't put it down!'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'Fans of The Hunger Games will love this book.'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'I didn't want it to end! A brilliant debut.'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'A wonderfully gripping, daring debut YA novel.'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'Totally absorbing...I couldn't put it down.'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'A thrilling YA adventure.'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'This is the all-girl Lord of the Flies we've all been waiting for.'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'Read it in one sitting! Beautifully written.'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'A great story, with characters that took me back to being a teenager myself. Couldn't put it down.'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'A great read. I will be buying Girl Island for all the teenage girls in my life!'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'This book is amazing!'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

'I couldn't put this survival story down. Highly recommended.'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'A thrilling, quick read...I loved it so much that I read it in a day!'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'A thoroughly enjoyable adventure. It's fast-paced, exciting and totally absorbing. I read it pretty much in one sitting.'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'I loved this book. I basically couldn't stop reading it until I finished it.'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'What a way to finish the reading year! Just wow. I binge-read this in a day!'  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

- Amazon and Goodreads reviews

Born of the Sea by Kate Castle, award-winning author

'Consistently absorbing, romantic twist on the traditional pirate's tale.'

- Kirkus Reviews

The Bestseller. Born of the Sea is a novella based on the true story of 18th-century pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read.

New Providence, 1719. A fierce and fearless Anne Bonny joins Jack Rackham and the crew of pirate ship William, embarking on the adventure of a lifetime.

Born of the Sea follows Anne as she cross-dresses, drinks and fights her way through the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. But Anne's life is changed forever when she meets Mary Read, plotting a new course on a voyage of self-discovery.

'An engrossing tale...utterly romantic.' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'A sexy, Sapphic, swashbuckling romp...I loved it.' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'Brave and brilliant...This little book challenges gender and sexuality in a fresh and powerful way, which is remarkable given it is historical fiction.' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'Beautiful, adventurous love story...I couldn't put it down!' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'What a beautiful little novella. Read in one sitting - inhaled more like - and felt like I fell straight into the world Castle illustrated.' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'I was completely captivated from the first sentence to the last by this gem of a book. The atmosphere and the exploits of the pirates are so vivid, and Anne and Mary's love was beautifully depicted. I could read about them for centuries.' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

- Amazon and Goodreads reviews

Audio Books

Born of the Sea

The Untold Story of Anne Bonny and Mary Read

Now available on Audible!

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