The Gargoyle at the Gates Paperback – Nov 3 2012
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The Gargoyle at the Gates, an interesting and appealing story, is a splendid sequel to the first two Lost Gargoyle books. (Canadian Materials 2012-09-07)
...charming and amusing...(The KW Record)
I would recommend this book to young independent readers with an interest in gargoyles, magic, and adventure fiction. The inclusion of Toronto history and landmarks are an added bonus to a great read.(Resource Links (NL))
Starred Review(Best Books for Kids and Teens: Spring Edition 2013)
About the Author
Philippa Dowding is an award-winning magazine copywriter, poet and children’s author. Her books in the Lost Gargoyle series were nominated for the Diamond Willow 2011 and Silver Birch Express 2012 Awards. She was also short-listed for a 2014 Red Cedar Book Award. The character of Gargoth was inspired by a visit to an odd antique store populated with mysterious gargoyles. Philippa lives in Toronto.
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In "The Gargoyle Overhead" (this book was a 2012 Silver Birch Express finalist) the search continues as Gargoth spurs Katherine on to help him find his greatest friend, Ambergine, before Gargoth's greatest enemy, the Collector, can swoop down and make the gargoyles his own.
"The Gargoyle at the Gates" is the third in the series, published in 2012. This story really took off for me. The writing is imaginative, poetic, exciting, and layered. We have a new character, young Christopher, who has moved to Toronto and has no friends. He befriends Gargoth, and when The Collector succeeds in stealing Ambergine, it is up to Christopher, his new friend Katherine, and Gargoth to rescue her. In the process, Christopher makes a home for himself, and the interesting history of the 400-year-old gargoyles comes to light.
Anyone who loves a well-written fantasy with unique characters will enjoy this trilogy. You will never pass a gargoyle again (and they are everywhere!) without wondering what they're up to when your back is turned!
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When Christopher moves to Toronto, he finds life is very different from his home in Vancouver. Not only does he have no friends, he finds that Toronto is very creepy. Dowding creates a spooktacular setting, describing the gargoyles standing guard on the gateposts to the little park. Strange whispers come from behind the bushes, and apples mysteriously fling themselves at his window in the middle of the night. Something howls at the moon. Christopher discovers something ancient is hiding in the little park. Not only are the gargoyles alive, it is his destiny to save them! An evil thief, known as the Collector, has been hunting them, and means to lock them away forever. Christopher need all the courage he can muster to fight the Collector. A very exciting middle grade reader!