Charis Cotter

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ISBN: 9781771089067


Ghost Stories from Old Newfoundland

  Author:   Charis Cotter  
  Artist :   Genevieve Simms    
  Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing Limited

A CBC Books Best of 2020 Pick. A spooky, illustrated collection of Atlantic ghost stories for middle-grade readers by the award-winning author of The Ghost Road.

The whole world seemed to tilt at that moment, like a painting on a wall that gets knocked a little crooked. Everything she had known as real up until now was slightly altered, and she seemed to be standing on the edge of a huge, dark, trembling world that was just a little different than it had been one minute before. Ghosts were real.

There is no dark like the Newfoundland dark. These ominous words beckon young readers onward in this spooky collection of ghost stories by celebrated ghost story-teller and award-winning middle-grade author Charis Cotter. Reimagined from family stories told across Newfoundland and passed down over generations, these 10 spine-tingling tales traverse centuries and introduce readers to the Rock’s nooks and crannies. From a ghostly blueberry-picker on the barrens to a visit from the notorious Old Hag, from a mysterious ballet troupe in a St. John’s mansion to a haunted house in an outport community on the cusp of resettlement, these stories bring the island of Newfoundland to vibrant new life (and death) as the thread of these years-old yarns is unravelled for a whole new generation.

Featuring ghostly black-and-white illustrations from Newfoundland artist Genevieve Simms, as well as an overview of the Newfoundland storytelling tradition, and a Story Behind the Story for each tale including context on the story’s history, its original teller, its featured ghost, and setting, along with tips for spooky storytelling and a Glossary of Newfoundland terms, Screech! is equal parts eerie and educational, making it a riveting read as well as a great resource for budding historians and storytellers.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781771089067
Item NB1424
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
Published on September 9 2020
Language eng
Pages 156
Format Paperback
Dimensions8.25(in) x 5.75(in)
Shipping weight215(g)
Charis Cotter is an award-winning writer and storyteller who has worked extensively in schools telling Newfoundland ghost stories and encouraging students to collect local ghost stories from their communities. She is the author of several acclaimed novels for young readers, including The Swallow; The Painting; and The Ghost Road; as well as the illustrated storybooks The Ferryland Visitor and Footsteps in Bay de Verde. She lives in Western Bay, one of the most haunted communities in Newfoundland.

Genevieve Simms studied illustration at the Alberta College of Art and Design and recently completed her Masters in Architecture at the University of Toronto. She has produced illustrations for a variety of clients throughout North America since 2006. Genevieve is from St. John's, Newfoundland, and currently lives in Toronto with her husband, Josh Holinaty, who is also an illustrator. They share a home with a mostly-beagle named Jack.

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"The stories are scary. They are spooky and eerie. They have all the essentials of tales which will keep you on the edge of your seat and cause you to wonder just what unknown and unseen beings might inhabit our world. Cotter uses wonderful stories from previous generations and presents them in a way that current young adult readers will understand and appreciate. Much of the charm of the book is that the stories are not of the horror genre. They are just great spine-tingling tales." —Canadian Review of Materials (Winnipeg, MB)