Danny, Who Fell in a Hole
Written by Cary Fagan
Publication Date April 01, 2013
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.
Short-listed for the OLA Silver Birch Express Award 2014
Long-listed for the Sakura Medal for English Chapter Books 2014
CARY FAGAN has written several critically acclaimed books, including A Bird’s Eye, finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize; My Life Among the Apes, longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; Valentine’s Fall, finalist for the Toronto Book Award. He has also written many popular books for children, for which he has won the Vicki Metcalf Award For Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. He lives in Toronto.
"A quirky existential adventure for thoughtful readers." Kirkus Reviews
"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
"Pavlovic’s cartoon spot illustrations are a good fit for this funny and sweet tale." Publishers Weekly
"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
"This is a timeless, charming tale of a young boy who learns to survive on his own and to appreciate what he has." Library Media Connection