Castaway Kid – Review

Castaway Kid is an emotionally charged and beautifully written autobiography of Rob Mitchell’s life in Chicago from his youth to his adult years. Abandoned at a the Covenant Children’s Home when he was just 3 years old, Rob was one of the few kids that spent their entire lives in the home without going into foster care.

Although too young to understand what was really happening, Rob had plenty of hope that his mother would one day return for him, or that his beloved grandmother Gigi, who would visit Rob every Saturday, would take him in. As Rob grew older, he grew more disillusioned and less trustful of those around him. Nola, the houseparent for the Little Boys became a mother-figure for Rob during his early life. Rob’s mother would make periodic visits, but they were chaotic at best and only severed the gap between herself and her son.

Dealing with bullies in the home, and family did not, or could not, take him in, Rob built a lot of rage. He lashed out at other students, “Townies”, who had real parents to go home to. He rebelled against his own family in Atlanta by growing his hair long, and wearing a beard, two things considered taboo in the 1950’s and early 60’s. Rob became a womanizer, and also avoided all the religious influence the group home tried to instill in the boys. It wasn’t until he went to a summer camp, where he met one girl that seemed to turn his life around. Full of peace and patience, she did not judge Rob and she tried to guide him towards giving faith another try. The second half of the book focuses mostly on Rob’s struggle to build a connection to God and find a purpose for himself. His inner struggle with building this relationship with God starts out just as difficult as Rob’s attempt to build a relationship with his estranged family members. His faith and transformation from a rebel child, to a moral man happened when he went on a year long missions trip to Africa.

Rob Mitchell’s story is heartbreaking, but his endurance and determination to make a better life for himself is honorable and inspiring to read. Rob finally found happiness and love, and now has a family of his own.


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One Man's Search for Hope and Home (Focus on the Family Books)

Castaway Kid
(Focus on the Family Series)
R.B. Mitchell
Tyndale House Publishers, 2007
ISBN 9781589974340
249 pages

5 responses to “Castaway Kid – Review

  1. I am the author of Castaway Kid.

    I am Robby.

    Thank you for reviewing this book of Hope.


    r.b. mitchell

  2. rantsandreads

    Hi Robby,

    Thanks for reading my review! I’m glad I was given a chance your read about your story. I admire your determination.

  3. hi can you upload or email me a picture of rob mitchell’s mother (joyce mitchell) because im doing a project on the book and i need a picture of her. also i think your review is great and you are a great writer and i also love the book. if you would want to email me my email is

    thank you,

    joe lynch

  4. Sorry Joe, I don’t have access to any pictures of Rob Mitchell’s family. I only read the book. Good luck with your report.

  5. thats ok thank you very much anyways, and on the report- its going great!

    Thank you very much,

    Joe Lynch

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