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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: 8.1 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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.

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 Los Angeles 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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It sounded amazing and the books a good read too.
VirtualVampire
I hope Katy Towell comes out with a second book, or maybe a series, as I'd love to learn more about Widowsbury and its inhabitants.
Allison Bennett
The author does a great job introducing each of the characters and setting up the plot perfectly.
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7 of 7 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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So I bought this book after watching some Youtube videos by the author. I thought her imagery was intriguing and wonderful. I hoped her book would be more of the same and I was not disappointed. I have been reading this book with my son for the past few days and he loves the characters and i find him playing out parts of the story while he plays! I hope there is more to come.
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By Colekiss on December 27, 2013
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Book came right away! I've now read the book and had some friends read it as well. If you liked any of Katy Towell's stories then this book won't let you down! I believe this is my favorite one yet! The pictures spread throughout the book add to the story. And like all of her work, the stories have you excited to find out what is going to happen next!
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By Courtney D. on December 18, 2013
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A really good and a little scary book. Perfect for a quick read on a train ride for me. Loved it
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By LunaraMangaFreak on December 14, 2013
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This is a wonderful, exciting book with twists and turns I never saw coming. I think this is the most enjoyable scary book I've ever read.
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By Kaylee Clary on December 1, 2013
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Good book. But, people who read a lot and makes good guesses on who the bad guy is might be not so interested. There were definitely parts I couldn't I have imagined. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat! : )
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