Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 4 to 7
A young school teacher learns about strange lights in a foreboding marsh; a nurse in a remote outport visits the baby she delivered weeks before to find a devastating change; a woman meets a mysterious funeral procession late one evening; a musician falls thrall to a group of strange little people and can't stop playing. The pages of Spirited Away are populated by the fairy-led, by changelings, by people who stray onto fairy turf and experience unnerving events.
These literary renderings of stories and anecdotes that author Tom Dawe has collected from across Newfoundland offer an accessible and engaging introduction to one of the Newfoundland and Labrador's most powerful and peculiar folk traditions. Darkly poetic woodcut illustrations by Veselina Tomova plumb the fascinating heart of these strange and affecting tales.
About the authors
Tom Dawe has been a high-school teacher, English professor, visual artist, editor, writer, and poet. He has published seventeen volumes of work, which include poetry, folklore, and children’s literature. His latest works include Where Genesis Begins (Breakwater, 2009), winner of the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award, and Moocher in the Lun (Flanker Press, 2010), winner of the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards–Bruneau Family Children’s/Young Adult Literature Award.In the 1970s, during the “Newfoundland Renaissance,” he was one of the founders of Breakwater Books, a founding editor of TickleAce, and prose editor of the Livyere, a folklore journal. In 2002, Martina Seifert’s comprehensive study, Rewriting Newfoundland Mythology: The Works of Tom Dawe, was published in Germany and in Cambridge, MA.Tom Dawe is the recipient of many awards and honours. In 2007, he was awarded a lifetime membership for the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador and was elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Hall of Honour. In 2010, he was named St. John’s Poet Laureate. In 2012, he was named a member to the Order of Canada and also to the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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.