The Dogs

Category: Book
By (author): Stratton, Allan
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 10-14 Canadian
  JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
Audience: children/juvenile
Awards: OLA Red Maple Award, Fiction (2016) Short-listed
Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre (2015) Commended
Quill & Quire Best Books of the Year (2015) Commended
Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd
Published: February 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 8.24in x 8.38in
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From The Publisher*

Now in paperback-the internationally acclaimed psychological thriller from Governor General's Award nominee Allan Stratton.

Cameron and his mom have been on the run for five years. His father is hunting them-or at least that's what Cameron's been told.

When they settle into an isolated farmhouse, Cameron soon finds himself embroiled in the unsolved mystery of a woman and child who disappeared decades ago, and he starts to hear and see things that just aren't possible. What's hiding in the night? What's buried in the past? Are there dark secrets to uncover, or is Cameron's own mind playing tricks on him?

In The Dogs, acclaimed author Allan Stratton manages to deliver at once a page-turning thriller and a powerful exploration of the realities of domestic violence and its after-effects.

Review Quote*

Praise for The Dogs:

"*Stratton masterfully constructs a creepy gothic setting…A monstrous, stalking father, unhinging nightmares, a ghostly boy, wild dogs, and a moldy basement add creepy deliciousness...  An engrossing blend of murder mystery and family story." -Kirkus, Starred Review

"*What would it be like if the most frightening thing in your world lay at the heart of your own family? Stratton imagines this horror fully and convincingly." -Quill and Quire, Starred Review

"Stratton's depiction of setting and characters is masterful, and his ability to create tension  and keep readers on edge is equally strong."  -The Montreal Gazette

"A small town horror with heart, The Dogs pokes relentlessly into the blackest corners of the psyche to reveal the secrets families keep for those they love." -National Reading Campaign

"A skilfully written psychological thriller with plenty of suspense and chills as a boy and his mother flee a violent husband/father - and land right in the arms of a spooky mystery." - Michelle Landsberg, CBC Children's Book Panel

"Cameron's research via newspaper archives, tax records and interviews makes this refreshingly like an old-fashioned mystery, but the passion and terror underlying his own family give it emotional complexity and suspense."  -The Toronto Star

Biographical Note

ALLAN STRATTON is the internationally acclaimed author of Chanda's Secrets, a Michael L. Printz Honour Book whose film adaptation (Life, Above All) won the François Chalais Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival. His most recent novel for children, Curse of the Dream Witch, won the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, and The Grave Robber's Apprentice was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award. Allan lives in Toronto, Ontario with his partner, four cats, and numerous fish. Visit him online at ..