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Doom Lake Holiday

by Tom Henighan

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published: 2009
publisher: Dundurn Press
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
12 to 15
7 to 10
Reading age:
12 to 15
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A mysterious white horse, a quirky parrot, a haunted house, an ancient curse, something frightening in the attic… A summer holiday turns into a nightmare when the Mallory family rents a shabby cottage in a remote corner of Ontario’s Rideau Lakes. Seventeen-year-old Chip Mallory and his sixteen-year-old sister Lee are persuaded to go along on "one last family vacation" with their parents before they get caught up in their own lives again.

But when a great storm comes up, and the family moves to an island in the lake, all their technology can’t save them from an encounter with an ancient curse. Chip and Lee are drawn into a complex web of past and present; they struggle to make sense of these ancient mysteries, aided by a visiting anthropologist, a poor backwoods girl, and a beautiful young woman who lives on an island with her reclusive and powerful grandfather.

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Contributor notes

Tom Henighan's previous books include The Well of Time, shortlisted for the Seal First Novel Award; the first two volumes of the Rigg series, Viking Quest and Viking Terror, currently being turned into an animated feature film; and Mercury Man, shortlisted for the Red Maple Award. He lives in Ottawa.

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Editorial Review

Ottawa-based author Tom Henighan's latest adventure novel Doom Lake Holiday, is the perfect summer read ... A great read for kids ages 12 and up

— Canadian Living
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About the Author

Tom Henighan

Tom Henighan's numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry include The Maclean's Companion to Canadian Arts and Culture, The Well of Time, and the YA novel Viking Quest (2001). He lives in Ottawa, and teaches at Carleton University.

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