Book 1 of the Island trilogy (3rd+)
by Gordon Korman
Six kids-Luke, J.J., Will, Lyssa, Charla, and Ian were put on a ship out to sea with strangers in order to work out their problems. Each of these kids has talents and each has gotten into some sort of mischief. Their parents have put them on this ship with Captain James Cascadden and first mate Mr. Radford in a last ditch effort to get them help. Now these six kids have to learn to work together while learning lessons from the captain and doing chores around the ship for the first mate. But when the captain and first mate abandon ship leaving the kids with no food and no water then they are forced to work together to stay alive. They end up stranded on an island together and that is where book 2 will pick up. Read Shipwreck by Gordon Korman for the adventure of six kids stranded at sea trying to survive.