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Spirited Away

Fairy stories of old Newfoundland

by Tom Dawe, illustrated by Veselina Tomova

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list price: $22.99
edition:Hardcover
published: Oct 2017
ISBN:9781927917138
publisher: Brick Books
Description

In this companion volume to their collaboration An Old Man's Winter Night, Tom Dawe and Veselina Tomova present a fascinating, tantalizing, and chilling collection of fairy lore. No benign tooth fairies here; these fairies are amoral, tricky, dangerous, and beguiling.

 

A young school teacher learns about strange lights in a foreboding marsh; a nurse in a remote outport visits the baby she delivered just weeks before to find a devastating change; a woman meets a mysterious funeral procession late one evening; a musician happens upon a group of strange little people; a girl is entranced by a strange green butterfly. The pages of Spirited Away are populated by those who wander onto fairy paths or fall under the spell of mysterious music; by the fairy-led--people lost in surroundings long familiar; by changelings; by people who stray onto fairy turf, and experience unnerving events.

 

These literary renderings of stories and anecdotes Dawe has collected across the province offer an accessible and engaging introduction to one of Newfoundland and Labrador's most powerful and peculiar folk traditions. Tomova's darkly poetic wood-cut illustrations plumb the fascinating heart of these strange and affecting tales.

About the Authors

Tom Dawe

One of Newfoundland's finest poets, Tom Dawe is also an editor, former teacher, visual artist, and award-winning children's author. He spent years collecting folklore throughout Newfoundland and Labrador; many of these stories have found their way into this collection of tales. He lives in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland.

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Veselina Tomova

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Veselina Tomova graduated from Leipzig's School of Graphic Art and Book Design before moving to Newfoundland. She has illustrated books in Germany, Bulgaria, and Canada, including the children's books A Dozen Silk Diapers (Hyperion Press, 1995), Maggie & Hero (Fine Day Books, 2007), and Spirited Away: Fairy stories of old Newfoundland (Running the Goat, 2017).

She divides her time between Newfoundland, where she lives in a small house overlooking St. John's harbour, and rural Bulgaria, where she helps with her family's farm.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 15
Grade:
4 to 10
Editorial Review

"Spirited Away is a book to be enjoyed in front of a cozy fire or tucked up on the sofa with a hot water bottle, somewhere very safe and far from the spirits depicted and described so that the horrors are far away - though there is always the possibility that one is lurking under the bed... a deliciously scary thought. Highly Recommended." - Tom Dawe, CM Magazine

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