Camp Castaway by Belinda Murrell

The students in class 5M are heading off to school camp. Pippa has never been away on camp before, at least not to a deserted tropical island! The Sassy Sisters look forward to five blissful days together exploring Shipwreck Island’s beaches and lagoon. But when the teams get regrouped, Pippa has to learn to cooperate with Olivia and the other girls.

Mrs Marshall promised challenges and adventure, but she forgot to mention the pranks. After one too many of the boys’ tricks, the girls decide to take their revenge.

Will class 5M survive Camp Castaway?


Belinda Murrell writes for children and teens and she knows how enticing for younger readers a series is. Her most recent is set on a tropical island, an unusual and exciting place for her stories; the fourth in the series is Camp Castaway, another school-days adventure for modern kids. There’s a clarity and surety in the writing that is reassuring for young readers, and at the same time, plenty of intrigue and tension. She’ll be talking about curiosity and how to nurture it, at the Festival.