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COMING MAY 2017
THE WAY BACK HOME
from Andersen Press, UK, and
NURSE JANE GOES TO HAWAII,
a farce comedy from 1980, has been running in translation at Teatr Capitol in Warsaw, Poland, since April 2016
NEW FOREIGN EDITIONS
For Chanda's Secrets (Taiwan), Leslie's Journal (France),
and The Dogs (Israel, France, Poland)
THE DOGS has now sold to the USA, the UK, Canada (English), Canada (Quebec), Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, Spain, Israel, Denmark, Poland, and Romania
Film rights for THE DOGS have been sold to Wild Media Entertainment
WINNER OF THE RED MAPLE AWARD
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, QUICK PICKS FOR RELUCTANT READERS CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, SUMMER READING CHOICE ONTARIO LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, BEST BETS A QUILL AND QUIRE BEST BOOK 2015 INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS: BEST YOUNG
ADULT NOVEL THRILLER AWARDS, 2016 (NOMINEE)
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION BEST
FICTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS (NOMINEE)
MANITOBA YOUNG READERS CHOICE AWARDS
RUTH AND SYLVIA SCHWARTZ BOOK AWARD
DE GOUDEN LIJST, THE NETHERLANDS
BLACK-EYED SUSAN BOOK AWARD
IODE VIOLET DOWNEY AWARD
SNOW WILLOW AWARD
ABOUT THE DOGS
Out of the corner of my eye, I catch something moving by the barn. When I look, it disappears.
Wait. There it is again, at the cornfield. Some movement, some thing.
Mom and I have been on the run for years.
Every time he catches up with us, we move
to a new place and start over.
But this place is different.
This place is full of secrets.
And they won’t leave me alone.
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PRAISE FOR THE DOGS
"Allan Stratton’s psychological thriller does more than entertain, it enlightens. Along with the intricate and truly creepy horror elements, Stratton creates a nuanced exploration of abuse and its long-lasting repercussions. Vivid, realistic characters and dialogue trumpet the author’s other talent as a playwright, even as he blurs the line between what is real and what is imagined."
a Quill and Quire Book of the Year
"An edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller… dark, atmospheric and clever… vivid, authentic dialogue and the tightly designed scenes… insightful and affecting...This is an accomplished, gripping and thoughtful story, whose dramatic ending delivers on every level."
The Guardian, UK
"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 to a murder mystery and tale of a boy who, in trying to solve a mystery, may just discover what a loving family might be. An engrossing blend of murder mystery and family story."
Kirkus Review (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 weaves an intricate tale of love, loyalty, and deception, then blurs the lines between fact and fiction to underscore the mental chaos that Cameron’s unstable upbringing has created. A dark and disturbing narrative of family dysfunction, The Dogs is at its core a coming of age tale that describes the mental anguish of revisiting past abuse. Stratton plays with reader expectations by reappropriating horror clichés and anchoring them in a nuanced plot with multi-dimentional characters. 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
"It was 2:30 a.m. when I finished reading The Dogs — a book I couldn’t put down, a real page-turner – and got ready for bed, fully expecting to toss and turn, fending off the nightmares that regularly beset Cameron Weaver, the novel’s young protagonist. But I was lucky. No bad dreams. The book, however, stayed with me for days, author Allan Stratton having created an unsettled aura the likes of which Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King routinely built into their work, too… Secrets abound and it takes some truly tense and psychologically thrilling scenes before the truth comes out… 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
"There’s fear aplenty in Allan Stratton’s The Dogs, and a tantalizingly uncertain element of the supernatural… Refreshingly like an old-fashioned mystery, but the passion and terror underlying (our hero's) own family give it emotional complexity and suspense."
"One knows Allan Stratton as the author of the remarkable story of the fate of a teenage girl in AIDS ravaged Africa (Chanda’s Secrets). One discovers he is also gifted at playing with reality and illusion in this addictive and convincing thriller."
Le Figaro Littéraire
"Stratton has artfully co-opted the thriller genre to subtly examine the far-reaching, unexpected consequences of rage and abuse. The Dogs provides a disturbingly insightful portrait of the darkest elements of human nature. For those inclined to ask difficult questions, it is irresistible.."
CM Magazine (4/4*)
"From the first page Allan Stratton creates an atmosphere of terror and danger that does not let up till the end. Written in the first person, the novel pulls the reader in so that every fear Cameron feels is theirs, and the threat of violence and death tangible. Cameron is a likeable hero: full of self-doubt and vulnerability he is also determined to solve the mystery that haunts the house, even when his own sanity is in question. This book deserves to be a hit with not just teen readers but also with anyone who enjoys a good ghostly thriller."
We Love This Book Magazine (division of The Bookseller), UK
"The Dogs is engrossing as a novel of suspense, a 'cold case' detective story, and an exploration of the topical themes of bullying and family violence. Both the dedication and the story challenge the 'bad stepfather' stereotype and acknowledge the sad fact that some biological fathers are capable of killing their children… Recommended for secondary schools, this novel is memorable."
"The Dogs is a fast-paced psychological thriller with a sympathetic main character… Readers will find the supernatural insinuations and elements terrifying; wrapped up in a mystery that the boy must solve, they will begin to hope that they are real — as they are preferable to the possibility that Cameron is losing his mind. A shocking ending and an unexpected visit from the titular beasts make this novel a compelling choice, and one that reluctant readers will also find appealing."
School Library Journal
"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, Carnegie Medal winner, Junk
"Award-winning Canadian author Allan Stratton's new book is a haunting supernatural thriller that will keep
readers turning pages well into the small hours. Pacy, stylish and really very creepy indeed."
Dad.info UK, (2015's Five Best Books To Look Out For)
"Brilliant, page-turbing and eerie. Had me guessing to the very end."
Joseph Delaney, The Last Apprentice series
"A great book for readers who enjoy a good ghostly thriller."
Canlit for Kids (Highly Recommended)
"This creepy tale has all the elements of a thrilling story. Satisfying and exciting read."
Marilyn Brocklehurst, The Bookseller, UK
"The Dogs will keep readers nervous and guessing to the very end... A truly eerie and unsettling story."
"A book you'll read and be unlikely to forget. Extremely fast paced, intriguing read."
Askews & Holts Library Service
"In this astonishing tale, both harrowing and hopeful, Stratton winds twin tales of abuse and madness."
Garry Schmidt, Newbery Honor Book, The Wednesday Wars
"There's packs of intrigue and emotion in this ghostly detective story. A brilliant bark at the moon mystery."
Keith Gray, Ostrich Boys
"This is a darkly suspenseful thriller blurring the lines between reality and imagination, keeping you guessing and keeping you awake long into the night listening out for the sound of barking."
The Scotsman, UK
W.H. SMITH PARIS, PICK OF THE WEEK
LIFE, ABOVE ALL
Adapted from the international best-seller Chanda's Secrets
LIFE, ABOVE ALL IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON DVD AND BLU-RAY!
PURCHASE THE BLU-RAY + DVD COMBO which includes a "Making of Life, Above All"
special feature shot on set at Elandsdorn, South Africa, with interviews with Allan, the director,
producer, screenwriter and cast, and a lot of off-camera action!
Watch the post-screening Q&A with Allan, director Oliver Schmitz and Screenwriter Dennis Foon
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