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Allan Stratton

Autor(a) de Chanda's Secrets

19+ Works 1,384 Membros 114 Críticas

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Obras por Allan Stratton

Chanda's Secrets (2004) 495 exemplares
The Grave Robber's Apprentice (2012) 191 exemplares
Chanda's Wars (2007) 172 exemplares
Borderline (2010) 172 exemplares
The Dogs (1738) 149 exemplares
Leslie's Journal (2000) 101 exemplares
The Way Back Home (2017) 34 exemplares
The Phoenix Lottery (2000) 17 exemplares
Curse of the Dream Witch (2013) 16 exemplares
Papers (1986) 10 exemplares
Bag Babies (1991) 4 exemplares
Point de Retour (2019) 2 exemplares

Associated Works

Half-Minute Horrors (2009) — Contribuidor — 280 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Locais de residência
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
University of Toronto (BA, MA, BEd)
Writers Union of Canada
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Beth Fleisher (Barry Goldblatt Literary)

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Allan's biography and awards are listed at allanstratton.com .



This is a strange book for me to review. I listened to the audiobook and it was brilliantly read by Penelope Rawlins. I listened to it in two days, in between other things that required greater attention, and I enjoyed it very much. From that kind of a quick go-through, it read flawlessly, except for certain old tropes that irked me as a child and that I am surprised to find intact in a novel written so recently.


Throughout most of the book it feels as though the main character is the young countess, even though we do switch back and forth between her POV and that of the grave robber’s apprentice. Even though the book is *named* after him, it still feels like it’s her story. And, being written in a time when girls are meant to be more important players in their own novels, the countess is very intelligent and active and bossy. Her quick thinking and skills in acting get them out of many scrapes. Nevertheless, there are comments throughout the book that depict her or females in general or the relationship of males to females in a stereotypical way that no longer should have a place in our novels or in our lives, and in the end, the boy and his powerful father rescue the girl and her parents. Despite all her cleverness and courage, like heroines of old, she still needed him to rescue her. Admittedly, everyone in the good guy camp contributed to the successful rescue of her parents and the dethroning and murder of the bad Archduke and his evil ally, but it was the boy and his dad who pulled it all together. Even the relationship between the countess and the apprentice, which starts off seeming radical because of the difference between their classes, turns out to be between two nobles, after all. He just didn’t know that he was the son of the real Archduke. So, in the end we are restored to the proper balance of unquestioned hierarchy, but with a good guy at the head instead of a bad guy.

I don’t even like hearing myself say these words because it annoys me to be giving attention to themes that were not intended to be important in the book and I don’t like to pick at the books like this. But I feel the need to say something. In a world where we are learning to change so many assumptions, we have to look at even these little, supposedly unimportant things and ask ourselves, collectively, what is the impression they are giving, and is this the impression we want to give?
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thesmellofbooks | 7 outras críticas | Apr 20, 2024 |
The Dogs by Alan Stratton is a psychological/horror thriller about a boy and his mother who are on the run from the violent husband who has apparently been stalking them for some time. Aimed at a YA audience, the author does an excellent job of exploring the mindset of a young boy who is under a permanent state of dread and self-doubt.

Their latest move has brought Katherine and Cameron to the small rural town of Wolf Hollow. They are renting an isolated farm house that Cameron discovers has a number of strange stories attached to it. Cameron is tired of living in constant fear, and he’s never quite sure whether his father is the evil person his mother claims, or if his mother is paranoid. When he starts to feel watched and then comes into contact with a ghostly being, again we are not sure if this is really happening or if it’s all in Cameron’s head. As more strange things happen, Cameron is feeling desperate so he reaches out to his father, inadvertently letting his father know where they are.

The Dogs is a gripping and insightful story that is well written and builds to a dramatic climax. The horror isn’t overdone, yet there are chilling moments of both the supernatural and of domestic abuse.
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DeltaQueen50 | 11 outras críticas | Oct 5, 2022 |
While I realise this book was written for a younger audience, I found the book's writing overly abrupt.
I cannot in good conscience recommend it.
QuirkyCat_13 | 3 outras críticas | Jun 20, 2022 |



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