Castaway Kid, by r.b. mitchell
is a book of hope. Even so, with recent furors over memoirs that
have contained questionable “facts,” it is valid to
ask whether Castaway Kid
really is a true story. This website is intended to allow readers
of Castaway Kid to view
the documents that support the validity of the events in the book.
Why "A Million Little Proofs?"
words from the author, r.b. mitchell
Speaking at a fundraiser for the Covenant Children’s Home in
the early 1990s, the director said that having never been a ward of the
state, I had
full access to my caseworker files. I tagged a number of documents for my
records, often thinking, If you ever wrote a book, people would think
you made this
But all the events occurred. They’ve been recalled not only as faithfully
as I can remember, but also as other adults involved have remembered and documented
in caseworker notes, recorded interviews and my grandmother Gigi’s
So they can tell their own story when and if they choose, I did
the names of most kids in the orphanage except one with permission. No
in the book
are made up, though a few are nicknames.
I’ve been told I have an unusually accurate memory. No one’s recollection
is perfect, of course, but the dialogue in this book is in keeping with the essence
of each situation and as close to word-for-word as possible. All the living adults
who are quoted and whom I’ve been able to reach have confirmed my memories
of the events in which they were involved.