Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow

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Random House Children's Books, Aug 23, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 272 pages
Twelve years ago, for 12 days straight, the town of Widowsbury suffered a terrible storm, which tore open a gate through which escaped all sorts of foul, rotten things. Strange things and strange people were no longer welcomed in Widowsbury, for one could never be sure of what secrets waited under the surface . . .

Adelaide Foss, Maggie Borland, and Beatrice Alfred are known by their classmates at Widowsbury's Madame Gertrude's School for Girls as "scary children." Unfairly targeted because of their peculiarities—Adelaide has an uncanny resemblance to a werewolf, Maggie is abnormally strong, and Beatrice claims to be able to see ghosts—the girls spend a good deal of time isolated in the school's inhospitable library facing detention. But when a number of people mysteriously begin to disappear in Widowsbury, the girls work together, along with Steffen Weller, son of the cook at Rudyard School for Boys, to find out who is behind the abductions. Will they be able to save Widowsbury from a 12-year-old curse?

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From August 2011 SLJ: Gr 4-6–Twelve years ago, a ferocious storm tore through the town of Widowsbury, unleashing evil forces. Now, the residents view any strangers with distrust. And so when Mr ... Read full review

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This book always kept your butt on the edge of your seat. It was a super de duper scary story. This book kept me interested and made me always want to read before I went to bed. Read full review


CHAPTER ONE NeLilwrn1ian Day 1
CHAPTER FOUR A Letter by Phillip Post 77
CHAPTER ELEVEN A Terrible Spinning

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KATY TOWELL is the author of Charlie and the Grandmothers and the creator of the Childrin R Skary website. 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. 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. Learn more about Katy and her books at or on Twitter at @katytowell.

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