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Children's Fiction Fantasy & Magic

The Boy Who Woke the Sun

by (author) A.T. Woodley

illustrated by Mike Deas

Red Deer Press
Initial publish date
May 2023
Fantasy & Magic
Recommended Age
8 to 11
Recommended Grade
3 to 6
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jun 2023
    List Price

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Eleven–year–old Elliot is having a dismal pandemic summer when suddenly he's caught in the bubble of one of his own dreams and transported to another world, controlled by evil butterflies, where the sun doesn't shine. Along with his octopus sidekick, Elliot discovers the reason for these butterflies–gone–wrong, and realizes that things must be set right if he is ever to find the way home. An epic middle–grade fantasy about discovering your true path.

About the authors

A.T. Woodley was a filmmaker in another life. He grew up in Toronto and currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with his wife, their two daughters, and a Pomeranian named Bowie. The Boy Who Woke the Sun is his first novel.

A.T. Woodley's profile page


Mike Deas est auteur-illustrateur de bandes dessinées, telles que Tank and Fizz and The Case of the Tentacle Terror. Il signe aussi les illustrations de la série Graphic Guide Adventure. Sa passion pour l'illustration a été entretenue tout au long de son enfance à l'île Saltspring, en Colombie-Britannique où il habite encore aujourd'hui.


MIKE DEAS is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, most recently Tank and Fizz and the Case of the Tentacle Terror. He is the illustrator of the Graphic Guide Adventure series. His love for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. Visit him online at

Mike Deas' profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Elliot is sensitive, brave, and persistent. The octopus is intelligent (explaining, for instance, the arrogance of humans in an entertaining and instructive conversation with Elliot) and determined to survive. Granny Yilba has insights and a sense of humour that keeps the dark at bay for the children in her charge. The characters that the three meet on their trip (including a robot) are all colourful and deftly drawn. And the book's main message — that, as our world changes and life takes on different challenges, it can still be good and worthwhile — is empowering for young people troubled by issues such as environmental destruction and global warming.
"While Elliot is only 1-years-old, given this story's complexity, The Boy Who Woke the Sun is best suited to either older readers, strong readers aged 10 to11, or those who are able to read it with an adult."
Highly Recommended
CM Magazine

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