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 sinister 12-year-old curse?
About Katy Towell
Katy Towell is an artist, creative director, and writer in Portland, Oregon, with dreams of one day being the scary old lady in the house about whom all the neighborhood children tell ghost stories. She is also the author of Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow, and is the creator of the Childrin R Skary website, where you can visit her to learn more: skary.net.
"Towell tucks violent tempests, maggoty slime, hideous transformations, nightmares, sudden terrors and like atmosphere-building elements into a rousingly melodramatic literary debut." —Kirkus Reviews
"If a studio hasn't already snapped up the rights to a feature film, they would be fools not to do it." —Edge
"A splendidly odd little tale." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow by Katy Towell