Deadman’s Castle

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Published by: Margaret Ferguson Books
Release Date: 03/02/2021
Pages: 256
ISBN13: 978-0823446551


For most of his life, Igor and his family have been on the run. Danger lurks around every corner—or so he’s always been told. . . .

When Igor was five, his father witnessed a terrible crime—and ever since, his whole family has been hunted by a foreboding figure bent on revenge, known only as the Lizard Man. They’ve lived in so many places, with so many identities, that Igor can’t even remember his real name.

But now he’s twelve years old, and he longs for a normal life. He wants to go to school. Make friends. Stop worrying about how long it will be before his father hears someone prowling around their new house and uproots everything yet again. He’s even starting to wonder—what if the Lizard Man only exists in his father’s frightened mind?

Slowly, Igor starts bending the rules he’s lived by all his life—making friends for the first time, testing the boundaries of where he’s allowed to go in town. But soon, he begins noticing strange things around them—is it in his imagination? Or could the Lizard Man be real after all?

Iain Lawrence is a winner of Canada’s Governor General’s Children’s Literature Prize and the California Young Reader Medal. In Deadman’s Castle, he brings readers a mystery filled with intrigue and moments of heart-stopping danger.

Praise & Awards

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

“Friendship difficulties provide a contrast and an anchor to the terrifying threat, and the various plot elements are deftly tied together in a fitting twist that will have readers quickly turning the pages. . . . Filled with suspense and intrigue.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Featuring effective worldbuilding, this is a great, suspenseful tale of terror for upper middle graders.”
—School Library Journal

“…a rapidly moving story with an interesting emotional arc.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Readers seeking a (relatively safe) thriller will likely find this fills the bill, with an added bonus of a memorably complex but relatable narrator.”
—The Bulletin of the Center of Children’s Books