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Children's Fiction Ghost Stories

Footsteps in Bay de Verde

by (author) Charis Cotter

illustrated by Jenny Dwyer

Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides
Initial publish date
Jan 2022
Ghost Stories
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2020
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jan 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7


Bridie and her brother and sister love to sit up late, listening to the adults trade stories. One stormy night the talk is not only about the price of fish, ghosts and pirates, but also about Poor Keye, a neighbour in hospital who had always loved these storied nights. A loud bang and the sound of his familiar shuffling footsteps suggests that perhaps he is home after all, and has come to join the gathering. But when Bridie’s mother goes to welcome him, Poor Keye is nowhere to be found. The next morning a telegram arrives with shocking news.

Award-winning author Charis Cotter joins forces with emerging illustrator Jenny Dwyer to craft this deliciously creepy book.

About the authors

A writer and storyteller, Charis Cotter has published several critically acclaimed children's books, including a series of biographies about extraordinary children and a book about international ghosts. Toronto Between the Wars: Life in the City 1919-1939 received the 2005 Heritage Toronto Award of Excellence. Most recently, The Swallow: A Ghost Story won the 2015 IODE Violet Downey Book Award, was named an Honour Book by the Canadian Library Association for 2015, and has been nominated for four 2016 children's choice awards across Canada. She lives in Western Bay, NL.

Charis Cotter's profile page

Born and raised in Newfoundland, Jenny Dwyer has been steeped in the region's culture her entire life. An artist and a teacher, she has received several local honours for her compelling, hyper-realistic artwork. Footsteps in Bay de Verde is her first illustrated book. 

She lives in Maddox Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, in a house overlooking the sea.

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