The Gargoyle in My Yard by Philippa DowdingThe Gargoyle in My Yard by Philippa Dowding

The Gargoyle in My Yard

byPhilippa Dowding

Paperback | April 1, 2009

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Commended for the 2009 Resource Links Best Books and for the 2010 Best Books for Kids and Teens, short-listed for the 2012 Diamond Willow Award 

Chosen for the Toronto Public Library's 2015 Great Reads for Kids collection

What do you do when a 400-year-old gargoyle moves into your backyard? Especially when no one else but you knows he's ALIVE? Twelve-year-old Katherine Newberry can tell you all about life with a gargoyle. Hes naughty. He gets people into trouble. He howls at the moon, breaks statues and tramples flowers to bits, all the while making it look like you did it! He likes to throw apple cores and stick his tongue out at people when they aren't looking. How do you get rid of a gargoyle? Do they help the gargoyle leave for good? If you're like Katherine and her parents, after getting to know him, you might really want him to stay.

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. The character of Gargoth was inspired by a visit to an odd antique store populated with mysterious gargoyles. Philippa lives in Toro...
Title:The Gargoyle in My YardFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 7.5 × 5.12 × 0.25 inPublished:April 1, 2009Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1894917820

ISBN - 13:9781894917827

Appropriate for ages: 9

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Read A wonderful read for all ages. We can't wait to read Gargoyle Overhead to see what mischief Gargoth gets into.
Date published: 2012-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great novel for young or old The Gargoyle in My Yard is a great read for young or old (I'm 51) and definitely leaves you wanting more - hence the second book in the series. But of course, read this first, to meet Garoth. Is he a statue, or something else?
Date published: 2010-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dowding's excellent writing brings stone to life in this exciting, heartwarming and historical tale Could you cope if one of your garden statues came to life? This family does. Just barely! When the gargoyle in Kathryn Newberry's garden comes to life the whole family is affected. When a real bond is formed between the strange and mischievous newcomer and Kathryn the excitement really begins. This book blends historical fact and fable with the life of a contemporary urban child to create a heartwarming tale of life in the big city. Don't miss it! You'll be reading this in one sitting (the kids won't want you to stop) and anticipating a sequel
Date published: 2009-04-29

Editorial Reviews

"The Gargoyle in My Yard is a well-written and highly entertaining book. Philippa Dowding has created a cast of appealing and realistic characters which she uses to explore themes around homelessness, loneliness, appearance and tolerance."

-Canadian Materials

"The gargoyle’s mysterious history … along with his amusing behaviours… will thoroughly captivate the young reader."

-Resource Links