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Cheryl Trzasko Publishes Book About Her Family’s Adventure at Sea

The homeschool mom from Florida shares her youthful voyage at sea in a must-read memoir for parents and children alike.


What is it like to go on a sea voyage with the whole family on a sailboat? Cheryl Trzasko shares her experiences in her memoir titled “Around the World in a Cement Boat: A Young Girl’s True Adventure” (iUniverse, 2013). This book will soon be displayed in the inaugural New York Rights Fair on May 30 to June 1, 2018.
The author was a second grader when her family began their voyage at sea in 1971. As a child, Trzasko thought nothing odd about her childhood adventures, facing a cyclone at sea, avoiding pirates, exploring a deserted island, and more. As an adult she shares her cherished memories in her first book.
Her  father Wallace Callen constructed a cement sailboat in his spare time, much to the curiosity of the townspeople who thought cement boats would sink. He bought boatbuilding plans from a British designer who developed a concept of sturdy cement boats. Though without prior experience in boatbuilding, Callen had what it takes to handle a building project.
“He trained as a surveyor in the United States Air Force,” said the author about her father. “He grew up around tools. He rebuilt cars as a teenager and fixed lots of things around the house. He could read plans and follow directions. As long as he had a decent set of plans, it couldn’t be that hard to build an ocean-going vessel; could it?”
Without the help of his friends from the building and construction industry, the 39-foot ferro-cement ketch was built. The bold and daring Callen took his entire family, including a newborn, and set out on a voyage, planning to sail from Australia past Indonesia towards Indochina, down around Africa, and over to America, where they would visit relatives for a few months before heading down to the Panama Canal on their way back to Australia.
To read more about Cheryl Trzasko’s youthful adventures, grab a copy of “Around the World in a Cement Boat: A Young Girl’s True Adventure.”
Copies are available at iUniverse ( and Amazon (
Readers are encouraged to visit the author’s website

Around the World in a Cement Boat: A Young Girl’s True Adventure
Written by Cheryl Trzasko
Published by iUniverse
Published date: February 13, 2013
Paperback price: $17.95
About the Author
Cheryl Trzasko cruised the world in a cement ketch, white-water rafted in Australia, camped in Korea, and more before settling in the West Palm Beach, Florida area with her husband and children where they raised foster children for many years. Formerly a teacher in the U.S. and Korea, she homeschools her children and leads a homeschool support group.

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 Around the World
 in a Cement Boat
 A Young Girl’s
 True Adventure
 Cheryl Trzasko

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