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Allan Stratton - Author

About the Author

Allan Stratton is the internationally bestselling and awarded author of Chanda's Secrets, which was made into the Cannes Festival hit Life, Above All. Awards include the Printz Honour Book, two Junior Library Guild selections (US), two Canadian Library Association Best Book Awards, inclusion on the inaugural Pearson Foundation/Writers' Trust Read-for-Your-School list, and a Times Book of the Week. His work has been published in fifteen countries. For more information, please visit his website at www.allanstratton.com

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The Way Back Home

The Way Back Home

Author: Allan Stratton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Zoe Bird is going nowhere fast. She's angry and lonely, and her only true friend is her granny, whose Alzheimer's is worsening. When her parents put Granny in a home, Zoe decides now is the time to break free. She smuggles Granny out and together they hit the tracks on a cross-country trip to find Zoe's long-lost uncle. But there will be some home truths along the way. . . An emotional story about family, surviving school and being true to yourself for fans of The Art of Being Normal and Unbecoming.

Way Back Home

Way Back Home

Author: Allan Stratton Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2017

One misunderstood teen. One eccentric granny. One missing uncle. A coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of one family's secrets.Zoe's straitlaced and narrow-minded parents don't understand her - they are shocked by her swearing and believe that she's a bad girl. They also want to put Zoe's Granny in a senior's home, despite Zoe's objections. Sure, Granny has become a bit odd and her memory is spotty, but she's outspoken and funny, and Zoe loves her. Granny still mourns her favourite son, Teddy, who was also a troublemaker, and who died before Zoe was born.Or did he?After a series of disastrous incidents, including a school suspension and a near-death experience, Zoe decides to liberate herself and her grandmother from their respective prisons taking them on an unforgettable journey to Toronto, where Zoe learns the truth about her uncle, and discovers strengths of her own that just might help her find a way back home. From award-winning storyteller Allan Stratton comes a moving story of unresolved family conflicts, and a young girl's awakening to the things that matter most.

Dogs

Dogs

Author: Allan Stratton Format: eBook Release Date: 28/01/2015

Set in a remote part of the Canadian countryside, THE DOGS is a first person narration by 15 year old Cameron. He and his mother have just moved yet again to keep out of the way of Cameron's violent father. Cameron desperately wants to be friends again with his Dad, but his memory of violent episodes and his mother's constant and real fear prevent him making contact.This time their new 'home' is a deserted old farmhouse where nothing's changed since the 1950s. It's owned by the next door farmer who is only now clearing out all the junk from the cellar, and won't tell them anything about the previous occupants. The attic is boarded up and the barns are in a state of disrepair, it looks as if nobody has lived there for a while.Cameron starts at the local school and soon finds there's a disturbing history to the old farmhouse. His attempts to find out more lead to a nasty confrontation with the school bully and temporary exclusion from school. At home, Cameron starts to explore the house and begins to feel a ghostly presence. In the cellar he finds some old drawings by a child, depicting a violent looking father, frightened mother and vicious dogs - is the child the same as the ghost he senses?Cameron continues to investigate the history of the house. Fuelled by stress (fear of father, school situation and jealousy of mother's new boyfriend) he has more encounters with the ghost who hints at a sinister story. The tension ratchets up and just when you think the pace can't speed up, further discoveries are made, Cameron's father makes an appearance and there is a terrifying climax.

The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish

The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish

Author: Allan Stratton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2014

Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award 2015 - Nominated Faith healers, movie moguls, and social-climbing fraudsters collide in Depression-era Los Angeles It's the Great Depression and Mary Mabel McTavish is suicidal. A drudge at the Bentwhistle Academy for Young Ladies (aka Wealthy Juvenile Delinquents), she is at London General Hospital when little Timmy Beeford is carried into emergency and pronounced dead. He was electrocuted at an evangelical road show when the metal cross on top of the revival tent was struck by lightning. Believing she's guided by her late mother, Mary Mabel lays on hands. Timmy promptly returns to life. William Randolph Hearst gets wind of the story and soon the Miracle Maid is rocketing from the Canadian backwoods to '30s Hollywood. Jack Warner, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Rockettes round out a cast of Ponzi promoters, Bolshevik hoboes, and double-dealing social climbers in a fast-paced tale that satirizes the religious right, media manipulation, celebrity, and greed.

Curse of the Dream Witch

Curse of the Dream Witch

Author: Allan Stratton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2013

It is the age of the Great Dread. The Dream Witch wants the heart of Princess Olivia. Until she has it none of the kingdom's children are safe. Olivia's parents seek help from the Prince Leo of Pretonia and his uncle, the Duke of Fettwurst, but the treacherous duo seize their castle instead. It is up to Olivia to defeat the Dream Witch, Prince Leo and his uncle. She makes a daring escape from her turret cell and races to the forest to take on the Dream Witch in her underground lair. Two friends are by her side: the peasant boy Milo and a curious talking mouse with a surprising past. Together they must face danger and fantastical adverseries to lift the Great Dread, save their families and resuce a kingdom.

The Grave Robber's Apprentice

The Grave Robber's Apprentice

Author: Allan Stratton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2012

All is not well in the kingdom of Waldberg . . . The orphan Hans is desperate to escape his master, the grave robber Knobbe the Bent.The young countess Angela von Schwanenberg must rescue her parents from the mad archduke. But when fate flings them together, they find themselves on a daring quest, hurtling through haunted forests, racing down mountains in a coffin and sneaking along underground passageways with a travelling circus. And at every turn, the archduke's Necromancer is there to thwart their progress. Will Angela save her parents? Will Hans escape his past and find out who he truly is? Or will the evil Necromancer capture them first?

Life, Above All

Life, Above All

Author: Allan Stratton Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/06/2011

Like any girl, sixteen-year-old Chanda Kabelo has secrets. She is determined to be loyal to her rebellious friend Esther, she worries about passing her exams, and she wishes she didn't have to spend so much time listening to her Mama chat with their nosy neighbour Mrs Tafa. But one secret threatens to silence everything. All around her people are dying, and everyone is afraid to say why. But Chanda knows: it's because of AIDS. Chanda's Secrets is the tense and deeply moving story of one girl's struggle to rescue the people she loves from a tragedy that is destroying her world.

Chanda's Wars

Chanda's Wars

Author: Allan Stratton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2009

Wherever you are . . . I'm coming to get you. I'm going to bring you home. Chanda has been dreaming of civil war, lost children, and rivers of blood. Suddenly the dream is real. Rebel soldiers brutally attack her family's village and kidnap her brother and sister. Risking their lives, Chanda and a troubled young tracker must pursue the rebels through the unforgiving bush to save her family.

Chanda's Secrets hardcover educational edition

Chanda's Secrets hardcover educational edition

Author: Allan Stratton Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/01/2006

Sixteen-year-old Chanda Kabelo, living in sub-Saharan Africa, knows only too well the truth behind the secret people are trying to keep hidden: that all around her people are dying because of AIDS. When her young stepsister dies, Chanda takes charge, organising the funeral for her grief-stricken mother. But Chanda remains a girl like any other, with hopes, worries and secrets of her own. Can she stay strong while helping her family to survive in the face of this tragedy?

Bag Babies

Bag Babies

Author: Allan Stratton Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/1999

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