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  • Winner, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2017
  • Winner, OLA Red Maple Award, Fiction, 2016
  • Winner, Snow Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2016
  • Short-listed, Arthur Ellis Award, Best Juvenile/YA Book, 2016
  • Short-listed, IODE Canada Violet Downey Award, 2016
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2016
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2015
  • Commended, Quill & Quire, Books of the Year, 2015
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2015
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2015

The Dogs Canadian Title

By Allan Stratton   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443148290 Paperback
288 Pages | 8.38" x 8.24" | Ages 12 & Up

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443128308 Hardcover
288 Pages | 5.76" x 8.52" | Ages 12 & Up

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443142700 Ebook
288 Pages | Ages 12 & Up

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. At least, that’s what Cameron’s been told.

When they settle in an isolated farmhouse, Cameron starts to see and hear things that aren’t possible. Soon he’s questioning everything he thought he knew — including his own sanity.

What’s hiding in the night? Buried in the past? Cameron must uncover the dark secrets before they tear him apart.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for The Dogs:

“It’s about ghosts and terrifying danger and going mad all at once. I didn’t know what was real and what was imagined until the very last page. I loved it!” —Melvin Burgess, author of Carnegie Medal winner Junk

“In a novel both harrowing and hopeful, Stratton winds twin tales of abuse and hatred and madness.” —Gary Schmidt, author of Newbery Honor winner The Wednesday Wars

“Brilliant, fast-paced and eerie. It kept me guessing right to the end.”—Joseph Delaney, author of The Last Apprentice series

“It is increasingly rare to find genuine, convincing narratives that have us looking over our shoulders. The Dogs is such a narrative…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 full and convincingly.” —Quill & Quire, starred review

Praise for Curse of the Dream Witch:

Winner, CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, 2014
Honour Book, OLA Silver Birch Award – Fiction, 2014
Nominee, Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2014
Nominee, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers’ Choice), 2015
Nominee, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children’s Choice), 2015

 “A page-turning middle grade fairy-tale adventure about courage, friendship and loyalty that will charm adult and child readers from start to finish.” —CLA Award Jury

 “Unlikely friendships are formed, fears are faced, and evil is overcome in this adventure that is fast-paced and filled with the supernatural.” —CM: Canadian Review of Materials