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Carter and the Curious Maze
Weird Stories Gone Wrong
By (author): Philippa Dowding
9781459732490 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Horror North America Aug 06, 2016
$9.99 CAD
Active 5 x 8 x 1 in | 150 gr 136 pages 6 B&W illustrations Dundurn Press
Carter discovers a creepy maze at the fair and travels farther and farther back in time. How will he ever get back to the present?

The fair is dull, dull, dull, and nothing interesting will ever happen to Carter again … until Carter discovers the curious maze.

Nothing has ever happened here in the history of the world, he thinks. But the maze has some strange secrets, and the spot Carter stands upon has seen some very exciting events over the centuries.

Once Carter enters the maze, odd people begin to appear. First he meets Mr. Green, the mysterious, creepy maze-keeper, then a leaf-covered girl, a lost little boy in old-fashioned clothes, a wounded British soldier, and finally an eighteenth-century Native boy who seems very authentic, indeed.

When Carter eventually escapes the curious maze, the fair is all wrong. There are too many horses, ladies in bonnets, and what’s a freak show doing there? Carter begins his travels through time, and his dull afternoon is about to get very, very interesting.

  • A collection of spooky and weird stories from award-winning children's novelist Philippa Dowding
  • Third novel in the short fiction series Weird Stories Gone Wrong, "quick reads" for children aged 9–12
  • Introduces readers to the history of Toronto
  • A fast pace, short chapters, engaging illustrations and strong writing will keep children turning pages
  • Strong male and female characters will appeal to boys and girls
  • The stories each mix different genres including aspects of magic realism, ghost stories, tall tales, legends, time-travel and psychological thrillers, but unlike fantasy, they are all set in realistic worlds
  • Author's past awards: OLA Red Maple Award (Shortlist 2015); OLA Silver Birch Express Award (Shortlist and Regional Winner 2014, Shortlist 2012); Red Cedar Young Reader's Choice Award (Shortlist 2013–14); White Raven Book International Youth Library (Winner 2013); Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Shortlist 2013–14); SYRCA Diamond Willow Award (Shortlist 2013–14, 2012); Cooperative Children's Book Centre Awards (Shortlist 2014); CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens (Starred Review 2013, Best Book 2010); 49th Shelf Most-Anticipated Book; CanLit for Kids Classroom Selection; Resource Links Magazine (Best Bets Book 2009, 2010, 2012)

Philippa Dowding is an award-winning copywriter, poet, and children’s author. Her books have been nominated for the Diamond Willow, Hackmatack, Silver Birch, and Red Maple awards. Her third book, The Gargoyle at the Gates, was named a White Raven Book by the International Youth Library in Munich. Philippa lives in Toronto.

Carter and the Curious Maze is a short, fast-paced tale with engagingly eerie illustrations by Shawna Daigle that enhance Dowding's captivating storytelling style. Readers will be compelled by the historic tales of Toronto's past as experienced by the relatable and funny 12-year-old Carter and the cast of interesting characters he meets within the maze. A perfect book for readers who enjoy light fantasy with humour and heart. - Canadian Materials

This original take on time-travel historical fantasy is a sure bet for young scary-story enthusiasts. - Kirkus

…a great novel to introduce multi-genre writing to young readers due to its fantasy, adventure, and mystery overtones. - Resource Links

Dowding’s story is fast-paced and compelling, with just enough mystery to be spooky. - YA Books Central

In an approachable, straightforward style, Dowding writes an engaging time travel story. - Booklist Online

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