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Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow

About the Book

TWELVE YEARS AGO, for 12 days straight, the town of Widowsbury suffered a terrible storm, which tore open a gate through which escaped all sorts of foul, rotten things. Strange things and strange people were no longer welcomed in Widowsbury, for one could never be sure of what secrets waited under the surface…

Adelaide Foss, Maggie Borland, and Beatrice Alfred are known by their classmates at Widowsbury’s Madame Gertrude’s School for Girls as “scary children.” Unfairly targeted because of their peculiarities—Adelaide has an uncanny resemblance to a werewolf, Maggie is abnormally strong, and Beatrice claims to be able to see ghosts—the girls spend a good deal of time isolated in the school’s inhospitable library facing detention. But when a number of people mysteriously begin to disappear in Widowsbury, the girls work together, along with Steffen Weller, son of the cook at Rudyard School for Boys, to find out who is behind the abductions. Will they be able to save Widowsbury from a 12-year-old curse?


“Towell tucks violent tempests, maggoty slime, hideous transformations, nightmares, sudden terrors and like atmosphere-building elements into a rousingly melodramatic literary debut.” - Kirkus Reviews

“A splendidly odd little tale…” - Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books

“If a studio hasn’t already snapped up the rights to a feature film, they would be fools not to do it.” - Edge

“Towell’s atmospheric first novel is filled with humor and evocative descriptions. Readers will … value the story’s emotional gravity and emphasis on compassion.” – Publishers Weekly

Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow is written and illustrated by Katy Towell, published by Knopf, and is available everywhere books are sold. 


Paul Rodeen
Rodeen Literary Management

Alfred A. KnopfRandom House Children's Books