________________ CM . . . . Volume XXII Number 38 . . . . June 3, 2016


Carter and the Curious Maze. (Weird Stories Gone Wrong).

Philippa Dowding. Illustrated by Shawna Daigle.
Toronto, ON: Dundurn, 2016.
144 pp., trade pbk., EPUB & PDF, $9.99 (pbk.), $8.99 (EPUB), $9.99 (PDF).
ISBN 978-1-4597-3249-0 (pbk.), ISBN 978-1-4597-3251-3 (EPub) ISBN 978-1-4597 3250-6 (PDF).

Grades 4-7 / Ages 9-12.

Review by Tabitha Nordby.

**** /4

Reviewed from Advance Reading Copy.



Welcome to the Curious Maze.
Walk the path,
Clear your mind,
Reach the end,
See what you find!

Carter and his sister, Sydney, are at the fair. Carter is bored, bored, bored. He used to enjoy the rides and the treats and the prizes, but this year he finds it incredibly dull... until he finds the curious maze. A strange old man with a leafy thumb beckons Carter to enter the maze, and before he understands what's happening, Carter is in the middle of it, without his sister, and lost amongst the tangled and slightly threatening viny walls. When Carter finally frees himself, he realizes he's not in his own time—he's been transported to 1903. Each time Carter re-enters the maze, he emerges in a new time period, each period with its own fascinating story to tell. Now Carter has to find his way back to his own time. Maybe this year's fair isn't so boring after all!

      Readers will enjoy this third installment of the short fiction series "Weird Stories Gone Wrong". Carter and the Curious Maze is a short, fast-paced tale with engagingly eerie illustrations by Shawna Daigle that enhance Dowding's captivating storytelling style. Readers will be compelled by the historic tales of Toronto's past as experienced by the relatable and funny 12-year-old Carter and the cast of interesting characters he meets within the maze. A perfect book for readers who enjoy light fantasy with humour and heart.

Highly Recommended.

Tabitha Nordby is a Readers' Advisory and Reference Instructor in the Library and Information Technology Program at Red River College in Winnipeg, MB.

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