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Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow Hardcover – August 23, 2011

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"Towell tucks violent tempests, maggoty slime, hideous transformations, nightmares, sudden terrors and like atmosphere-building elements into a rousingly melodramatic literary debut." —Kirkus Reviews

"If a studio hasn't already snapped up the rights to a feature film, they would be fools not to do it." —Edge

"A splendidly odd little tale." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

About the Author

KATY TOWELL is the creator of the Childrin R Skary website. She is also a graphic designer, writer, and illustrator in Los Angeles with dreams of one day being the scary old lady in the house about which all the neighborhood children tell ghost stories. When not doing these things, she collects antiques, strange teas, and carnivorous houseplants, and she plays a little tune on her violin now and again.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375868593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375868597
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

KATY TOWELL is the creator of the Childrin R Skary website and animated shorts ("The Mockingbird Song," "Ida's Luck," "The Little Girl Who Was Forgotten By Absolutely Everyone (Even The Postman)"). She is also a graphic designer, writer, and illustrator in Portland with dreams of one day being the scary old lady in the house about which all the neighborhood children tell ghost stories.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carla J. Wollard on August 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Let me just begin by saying that I am not a young adult and I don't have kids but this book is great! I only recently heard about it from an article on Yahoo (or maybe aol). Once I looked up Katy Towell and saw the drawings and animations (which are great fun) I decided to download a sample of the book. I read straight through the sample and had to download to keep going! The story is quirky, spooky, sad, and funny and I found it really engaging. The drawings are totally cool and don't overwhelm the story. I read until 4 a.m. and had to stop only because I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. It is totally set to be a series and I can't wait to read more! (I also really want a print of her adorable little gorgon with the stone kitty from her website!) I know that I would have totally dug this book at 12 years old and I am no where near that age now - except, perhaps young at heart. A great read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amber White on September 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In a town where anything new is automatically labeled dangerous, these three girls from Madame Gertrude's School for Girls--Adelaide, Maggie and Beatrice--are the perfect example of why native Widowsburians are so wary of the unfamiliar. Pre-Storm Widowsbury, I imagine, was one of those quaint little towns where everyone knew everyone (and their business), and both people and events had a sort of day-to-day sameness. Even after the Storm, much of that mindset seems to have carried over, so to have these girls--who are new and possess freakish talents--come to town is very unsettling.

Yet despite those qualities, which one might imagine would create an instant bond between the girls, it takes a dangerous outside influence to bring them together. My favorite aspect of the book wasn't necessarily watching the mystery unfold (because thanks to dramatic irony, the reader already has a pretty good idea of what's going on), but rather watching the friendships develop between these girls--and little Steffen, whom I wound up adoring! Factor in their status as outcasts, and now there's an even wider appeal; after all, at some point we've all felt like the underdog, and seeing these kids beat the odds with a whole town against them brings some real satisfaction.

I've followed Katy Towell's work for several years, and even with this shift in style from her other Skary Childrin works (see her website at skary.net), I am still absolutely amazed. She's always been a brilliant artist, and those who know her work already knew she's a great storyteller as well. "Carousel of Sorrow" has proven to be yet another fantastic piece, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By connorlamping on April 17, 2013
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I found this author by watching her short story flash videos she has on youtube, and when I saw that she had a book, I didn't hesitate in buying it. If you're into horror stories with a little bit of humor thrown in, this is the book for you. The town gives me a creepy vibe whenever I read a passage about it, the characters interest me and I really got concerned about what would happen at the conclusion, which didn't disappoint.
Like I said, if you like horror, you'll love Skary Childrin. If you're not sure, I recommend watching some of her stories she put on youtube, and if you like them, get the book.
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The greatest fear craws in the void of unknown.

Lemme just say it all started with a boring rainy night when I was strolling around the all-mighty Youtube, and I ran into this video snapshot in which there's a little girl with two black eyes freakishly different in size. It turned out to be one of Katy Towell's mini-tales, and that particular one was about a girl who was "absolutely forgotten by everyone". An incredible depressing sad story, which only made want more. So I went to her channel and watched "Ida's Luck" and more. After like another 5 vids when I discovered this book trailer, I was totally sold. Six days later - three days delivery and another three for reading - I had already decided Katy was one of the writers that I might follow.

I gotta admit, despite the definite talent of extremely vivid writing, Katy Towell has this disturbing gift of picturing mentally tormented freak kids - mostly girls (which leaves me wondering about her school life). A few sections of the book was almost too much for me to bear, which of course again reflect her splendid writing style. Few writers I've read had done a better job vivifying characters, not mentioning our four little protagonists are by all means quite stand out - a werewolf girl who desperately tries to be normal, a school-less young Edison who knows no ill-will (with nothing abnormal, btw), a little damsel who's blessed and cursed by the ability of communicating with ghosts, and a Miss Juggernaut who don't seems to give two shits about nothing. These four kids, being wildly different but same as outcasts from "normal good children", formed this seemingly impossible alliance that eventually saved the world. Well, sorta.

A rough summary on Katy Towell's writing style could be "Miss Tim Burton".
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By Amanda Welling on September 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
First Impressions: I'll admit to being a big kid at heart. I may be in my late 20's but I still enjoy the occasional children's book. I loved the premise of this book and I've been a fan of Katy Towell's website and illustrations for quite some time, so I had to read this book.

First 50 Pages: Immediately, it didn't disappoint. I had high expectations of this book because I knew that the author is talented and could do well. From the beginning it met all of my expectations and more. The author does a great job introducing each of the characters and setting up the plot perfectly.

Characters & Plot Points: This isn't a scary book, and I feel it is suitable for an older child to read. It has more of a mystery solving, slightly paranormal plot then a horror plot and I don't think it would scare an older reader too easily. With that being said, this book reminded me of a Goosebumps meets The Babysitters Club sort of mash up. At the climax of the story, it can be a bit scary, but a fun sort of scary.

Adelaide, Maggie, and Beatrice are pretty awesome characters. Each one has a very unique personality and you feel for each of them because of the way they are treated. The real horror in this book is the horrible school these girls attend, especially their headmistress.

Throughout the story, the three girls along with their new found friend, Steffen, are trying to solve the mysterious disappearances that are suddenly occurring. Steffen is a really fun character also, and is a huge help to the girls.

What I really loved about this book is the discreet messages woven into the story. It teaches young children that it is okay to be different no matter what other people think.
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