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Allan Stratton

Author of Chanda's Secrets

17+ Works 1,377 Members 113 Reviews

About the Author

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Works by Allan Stratton

Chanda's Secrets (2004) 495 copies
Chanda's Wars (2007) 174 copies
Borderline (2010) 172 copies
The Dogs (1738) 150 copies
Leslie's Journal (2000) 100 copies
The Way Back Home (2017) 33 copies
The Phoenix Lottery (2000) 17 copies
Curse of the Dream Witch (2013) 16 copies
Papers (1986) 10 copies
Bag Babies (1991) 4 copies
Point de Retour (2019) 2 copies

Associated Works

Half-Minute Horrors (2009) — Contributor — 279 copies

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Common Knowledge

Birthdate
1951-03-05
Gender
male
Nationality
Canada
Birthplace
Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Places of residence
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Education
University of Toronto (BA, MA, BEd)
Occupations
author
Playwright
Organizations
Writers Union of Canada
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Agent
Beth Fleisher (Barry Goldblatt Literary)
Short biography
Allan's biography and awards are listed at allanstratton.com .

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Reviews

The Dogs by Alan Stratton is a psychological/horror thriller about a boy and his mother who are on the run from the violent husband who has apparently been stalking them for some time. Aimed at a YA audience, the author does an excellent job of exploring the mindset of a young boy who is under a permanent state of dread and self-doubt.

Their latest move has brought Katherine and Cameron to the small rural town of Wolf Hollow. They are renting an isolated farm house that Cameron discovers has a number of strange stories attached to it. Cameron is tired of living in constant fear, and he’s never quite sure whether his father is the evil person his mother claims, or if his mother is paranoid. When he starts to feel watched and then comes into contact with a ghostly being, again we are not sure if this is really happening or if it’s all in Cameron’s head. As more strange things happen, Cameron is feeling desperate so he reaches out to his father, inadvertently letting his father know where they are.

The Dogs is a gripping and insightful story that is well written and builds to a dramatic climax. The horror isn’t overdone, yet there are chilling moments of both the supernatural and of domestic abuse.
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DeltaQueen50 | 11 other reviews | Oct 5, 2022 |
While I realise this book was written for a younger audience, I found the book's writing overly abrupt.
I cannot in good conscience recommend it.
 
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QuirkyCat_13 | 3 other reviews | Jun 20, 2022 |
I don't remember the last time I finished a book in one day. It means something about the nature of the writing and the immediate attraction to the plot.
I admit I was skeptical at first because I'm less attached to stress nor dark books, but it was just fantastic; from beginning to end.
It is a relatively a short book, and not too hard to understand it's plot. On the other hand, it is interesting and exciting.
 
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Ramonremires | 11 other reviews | Jan 14, 2019 |

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Works
17
Also by
1
Members
1,377
Popularity
#18,670
Rating
3.8
Reviews
113
ISBNs
130
Languages
8

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