STOWAWAY by Pam Withers (Dundurn Press) has won the Chocolate Lily Award in the Novel Category! The BC Chocolate Lily Young Readers’ Choice awards encourages grade school students to read some of the best fiction written/illustrated by British Columbia’s authors and illustrators and vote on their favorite books in three categories: Picture books, Chapter Books/Early Novels, and Novels. STOWAWAY was also shortlisted for the 2020 Red Maple Fiction Award.


When Owen’s parents leave him on his own for a week, the sixteen-year-old gets bored and hatches a crazy idea: sneak onto the yacht that’s visiting the sleepy Pacific Coast island where he lives and stow away on an adventure! Once on board the vessel, Owen quickly finds this is anything but innocent fun. The ship is packed with teenagers from Central America, and it looks like Owen has stumbled into a people-smuggling operation.

Complications pile up and as things head from bad to worse, a haunting incident from Owen’s past tightens its grip on him. There’s only one way to break free and make his way home. Owen and the first mate, Arturo — a former street kid — must work together to commandeer the boat and win the trust of those on board. But who’s friend and who’s foe in the shifting tides?

Pam Withers is an award-winning author of over twenty young adult novels, including Red Maple nominees Tracker’s Canyon and Stowaway, and two non-fiction books. She lives in Vancouver. Pam is represented by Amy Tompkins.

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