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The Gargoyle at the Gates

by Philippa Dowding

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fantasy & magic, homelessness & poverty
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list price: $8.99
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published: Nov 2012
ISBN:9781459703964
publisher: Dundurn Press
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2014 Red Cedar Book Award — Shortlisted
2014 Forest of Reading, Silver Birch Express — Shortlisted, Fiction
2013 Diamond Willow Award — Shortlisted
2013 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award — Shortlisted
2013 Saskatchewan Young Reader’s Choice Award — Shortlisted
2013 White Ravens Award — Commended

What do you do when the park next door is inhabited by 400-year-old creatures?

Christopher has a problem. He has just moved to Toronto. He has a new school and no friends. But even worse, the park next door is creepy: voices whisper in the bushes, and something throws apples at his window and howls at the moon. But what? Gargoyles! Their names are Gargoth and Ambergine, and they need help. An evil thief called the Collector is after them and wants to lock them away in his dark mansion, forever.

Befriending a gargoyle takes courage, but it’s worth it. Once he does, Christopher suddenly has more friends than he ever imagined, including Katherine, a girl from his class who knows the gargoyles, as well. When the Collector steals Ambergine, it’s up to Christopher and Katherine to get her back, as long as something else doesn’t catch them along the way.

This is the third book in the award-nominated Lost Gargoyle series.

About the Author
Philippa Dowding has won many awards and has had poetry and short fiction published in journals across Canada. Her children’s books have been nominated for numerous literary awards in Canada, the U.S., and Europe, including the SYRCA Diamond Willow, OLA Silver Birch, OLA Red Maple, and Hackmatack awards. In 2017, she won the OLA Silver Birch Express Honor Book award for Myles and the Monster Outside. Dowding currently lives in Toronto, ON.
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Contributor Notes

Philippa Dowding is an award-winning magazine copywriter, poet and children’s author. Her books in the Lost Gargoyle series were nominated for the Diamond Willow 2011 and Silver Birch Express 2012 Awards. She was also short-listed for a 2014 Red Cedar Book Award. The character of Gargoth was inspired by a visit to an odd antique store populated with mysterious gargoyles. Philippa lives in Toronto.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Short-listed, Forest of Reading - Silver Birch Express Fiction
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Book Award
  • Short-listed, Diamond Willow Award - Saskatchewan Young Reader's Choice Award
  • Short-listed, Cooperative Children's Book Center
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award
  • Commended, White Ravens
Editorial Reviews

Starred Review

— Best Books for Kids and Teens: Spring Edition 2013

...charming and amusing...

— The KW Record

I would recommend this book to young independent readers with an interest in gargoyles, magic, and adventure fiction. The inclusion of Toronto history and landmarks are an added bonus to a great read.

— Resource Links (NL)

The Gargoyle at the Gates, an interesting and appealing story, is a splendid sequel to the first two Lost Gargoyle books.

— Canadian Materials

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