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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

Danny, Who Fell in a Hole

by (author) Cary Fagan

Publisher
Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Apr 2013
Category
Humorous Stories, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Friendship
Recommended Age
8 to 12
Recommended Grade
3 to 6
Recommended Reading age
8 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554983124
    Publish Date
    Apr 2013
    List Price
    $9.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781554983117
    Publish Date
    Apr 2013
    List Price
    $14.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554983131
    Publish Date
    Mar 2013
    List Price
    $6.99

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Description

Danny finds himself stranded at the bottom of a giant construction hole, armed with nothing but his school backpack, his wits — and the company of a poetry-spouting mole…

Danny’s parents have always been a bit flaky, but this time they have gone too far. Now his mother wants to bake cheesecakes in the mountains, and his father wants to be an opera singer. That means Danny and his older brother will spend half the year in Banff (wherever that is) and half the year in New York City. Worst of all, in preparation for the big move, his parents have given away the family dog, Thwack.

Furious with his family, Danny runs out of the house and keeps running — straight onto a construction site, where he ends up at the bottom of a very, very large hole. When it appears that help is not immediately forthcoming, he settles in for the short haul, like a subterranean Robinson Crusoe. Drawing on his ingenuity, he provides himself with shelter (garbage bag and paper clips), cereal (coffee creamer, rainwater, granola bars and a few rogue raisins found at the bottom of his backpack) and a washroom (a hole in a hole). He even does his homework!

The only thing missing is a Man Friday. Who turns out to have a long, earth-covered snout, a taste for beetles, and no eyes to speak of. Oh, and he also talks. His name is Mole, and he is excellent company — until a snake appears, and Danny must be not only ingenious, but also brave, if he is going to save his new friend.

About the author

Cary Fagan is the author of eight previous novels and five books of short stories, including The Student, Great Adventures for the Faint of Heart, and A Bird's Eye. He has been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Writers' Trust Fiction Award, the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, and has won the Toronto Book Award and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction. He is also an acclaimed writer of books for children, having won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, the IODE Jean Throop Book Award, a Mr. Christie Silver Medal, the Joan Betty Stuchner—Oy Vey!—Funniest Children's Book Award, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People. Fagan's work has been translated into French, Italian, German, Dutch, Spanish, Catalan, Turkish, Russian, Polish, Chinese, Korean and Persian. He still lives in his hometown of Toronto.

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Awards

  • Long-listed, Sakura Medal for English Chapter Books
  • Short-listed, OLA Silver Birch Express Award

Editorial Reviews

In classic Fagan fashion, the author turns a potentially tragic situation on its head with a good dose of humour and whimsy. Fagan uses a gentle touch to explore several weighty issues - identity, being "different," accepting change, bravery, friendship, and family - all while delivering comedy and adventure.

Quill & Quire

A thoroughly engrossing short tale, this book is typical Fagan: fantastical yet familiar, timeless, and with just the right touch of sentiment and seriousness... a great read-aloud tale.

CM Magazine

A quirky existential adventure for thoughtful readers.

Kirkus Reviews

Pavlovic’s cartoon spot illustrations are a good fit for this funny and sweet tale.

Publishers Weekly

This is a timeless, charming tale of a young boy who learns to survive on his own and to appreciate what he has.

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