Skary childrin and the carousel of sorrow [electronic resource]. Katy Towell.

Item request has been placed! ×
Item request cannot be made. ×
loading   Processing Request
  • Additional Information
    • Abstract:
      Summary: 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?From the Hardcover edition.
    • Notes:
      Text Difficulty 3
      MG/Middle grades (4th-8th)
      680 Lexile.
      4.5 ATOS Level
      Electronic reproduction. New York : Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2011. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 5364 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
    • ISBN:
      9780375899317 (electronic bk)
    • Accession Number:
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      TOWELL, K. Skary childrin and the carousel of sorrow. [electronic resource]. [S. l.: s. n.]. ISBN 9780375899317. Disponível em: Acesso em: 26 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Towell K. Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow. [Electronic Resource].; 2011. Accessed November 26, 2020.
    • APA:
      Towell, K. (2011). Skary childrin and the carousel of sorrow. [electronic resource].
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Towell, Katy. 2011. Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow. [Electronic Resource].
    • Harvard:
      Towell, K. (2011) Skary childrin and the carousel of sorrow. [electronic resource]. Available at: (Accessed: 26 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Towell, K 2011, Skary childrin and the carousel of sorrow. [electronic resource], viewed 26 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Towell, Katy. Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow. [Electronic Resource]. 2011. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Towell, Katy. Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow. [Electronic Resource], 2011.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Towell K. Skary childrin and the carousel of sorrow. [electronic resource] [Internet]. 2011 [cited 2020 Nov 26]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2011 October #2

In the creepy town of Widowsbury, everyone remembers the Big Storm 12 years ago, when people disappeared into a huge sinkhole and evil creatures were rumored to have entered the town. At Madame Gertrude's School for Girls, a trio—Adelaide, Maggie, and Beatrice—are singled out by students and teachers alike as strange and troublesome. When a newcomer arrives in town selling candy, children start to vanish into the nearby woods where a mysterious carousel has appeared, and the girls realize they must do whatever they can to stop the evil. This first novel is a mixed bag. It has a caricaturelike feel to it, as if Towell is aiming for Lemony Snicket and coming up short. The evil presence is ill-defined but still foreboding. Many ostracized girls may be drawn to the main characters and find them true to life, but others will find the plot uneven and not compelling enough to stick with it. Middle-graders looking for a scary read will be better served by R. L. Stine or Neil Gaiman. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring

Adelaide, Maggie, and Beatrice are outcasts at Madame Gertrude's School for Girls. When a new teacher, along with some townspeople, start disappearing, the girls--each with a special supernatural ability--decide to investigate. An inventive boy, an unexplained carousel, and some ghosts help contribute to a well-told and layered mystery/adventure story.