Written by Tim Wynne-Jones
Publication Date December 16, 2004
Burl Crow hasn't had many breaks in his young life. His father is a manipulative lout with a dangerous temper; his mother, worn down by years of abuse, now resorts to her little helpers to get her through the days. Then he meets Nathaniel Orlando Gow, the Maestro, and in just one day, this eccentric genius changes Burl's life forever.
Winner of the Governor General's Literary Awards: Text 1995
Winner of the IBBY Honor List 1995
Winner of the CLA Young Adult Canadian Book Award 1996
Selected for the PPYA (Books that Don't Make You Blush) 2006
Tim Wynne-Jones is one of Canada's foremost writers for children. The author of over thirty books, he is a two-time winner of the Governor General's Award, as well as a two-time winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and of the Arthur Ellis Award. He is the recipient of many other prizes at home and internationally including the Edgar Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. In 2012 he was made an Officer to the Order of Canada. He lives in Perth, Ontario.
"Complex and poignant, wrapped around a dramatic story line." Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"...a gift for a group of readers not often enough offered work of this caliber." Globe and Mail
"A truly compelling adventure story." Kirkus Reviews
"(as The Survival Game)...marvelously tense...It's a remarkable book." Books for Keeps (UK)
"(as The Survival Game) Wynne-Jones paints a powerful picture of the effects of abuse...One of the most delightful aspects of this compelling story is Wynne-Jones's sharp perspicacity and language...An intensely enjoyable read for 12+." Inis Magazine (Ireland)