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The Gargoyle at the Gates [Paperback]

Philippa Dowding
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Nov. 3 2012 Lost Gargoyle (Book 3)

Short-listed for the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award and the Saskatchewan Young Reader's Choice Award - Diamond Willow Award, 2013, commended for the White Ravens Award, 2013

Christopher has a problem. He has just moved to Toronto. He has a new school and no friends. But even worse, the park next door is creepy: voices whisper in the bushes, and something throws apples at his window and howls at the moon. But what? Gargoyles! Their names are Gargoth and Ambergine, and they need help. An evil thief called the Collector is after them and wants to lock them away in his dark mansion, forever.

Befriending a gargoyle takes courage, but it's worth it. Once he does, Christopher suddenly has more friends than he ever imagined, including Katherine, a girl from his class who knows the gargoyles, as well. When the Collector steals Ambergine, it's up to Christopher and Katherine to get her back, as long as something else doesn't catch them along the way.

This is the third book in the award-nominated Lost Gargoyle series.

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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.

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(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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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait Dec 21 2012
The Gargoyle at the Gates is the third in Philippa Dowding's gargoyle series and comes with the same charm, humour, suspense and pathos. I have all three of them on my shelf waiting for the age when my second child can appreciate them so that we can read them together and laugh and cry. I hope perhaps that there will be others added to this series by this time and that the gargoyles get a chance to go off on many more enchanting adventures. Like Anne of Green Gables and the famous five adventure series by Enid Blyton - you don't want these books to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gargoyles, by golly! Jan. 8 2013
Philippa Dowding is a wonderful writer whose imagination has given life to several gargoyle characters in her "Lost Gargoyle Series," now three books strong. In the first book, "The Gargoyle in my Yard," we meet twelve-year-old Katherine Newberry as she discovers the 400-year-old Gargoth who is lost, living in her backyard, and needing her help to find his friend, Ambergine. The story includes fascinating gargoyle facts, a flashback to 400 years ago (which will be enlarged on in books two and three), and an explanation re the origin of the word "gargoyle." The word comes "from the French 'gargouille' which means 'to gargle' — it's the sound you'll hear when water spouts through a gargoyle's mouth." Fun fact.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series Dec 15 2013
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My two boys loved all three! Adventure, happiness, anger, and sadness all rolled together. Not scary and not too scifi-fantasy either.
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting read! April 14 2014
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What an engaging series!

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!
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