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Black Bottle Man
Black Bottle Man

Black Bottle Man

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

184 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $11.95 (US $11.95) (CA $14.95)

Publication Date: March 2010

ISBN 9781894283991

Rights: WOR X CA

Great Plains Publications (Mar 2010)
Yellow Dog

Price: $11.95
 
 

Overview

Forced to move every twelve days, what would happen to your life? 1927. Rembrandt is the only child in the tiny community of Three Farms. Soon his two aunts grow desperate for babies of their own. A man wearing a black top-coat and a glad-ta-meet-ya smile arrives with a magic bottle and a deadly deal is made. Determined to undo the wager, Rembrandt, Pa, and Uncle Thompson embark on the journey of their lives, for if they stay in one place for more than twelve days terrible things happen. But where and when will they find a champion capable of defeating the Black Bottle Man? Time ticks. Lives change. Every twelve days. . .

Reviews

"One part travel narrative, one part spiritual fable, one part historical fiction, and one part adventure story - this tragic tale pulls readers in with its strong voice, richly depicted setting, and chilling confrontations with a shape-shifting Satan. Russell weaves magic into the narrative." - CM Magazine"Russell has told his fable. . . and it is done beautifully." - Resource Links"A truly unique story. The author tackles his fable with imagination and great turns of phrase." - Jury comments, Manitoba Book Awards - -

“An extraordinary book. I was completely captivated. You can read it as an adult and be quite moved by a story of profound love, of commitment to family, of humility, of grace under pressure; so rich with metaphor and allegory, depth, complexity. It’s really one of those books you read as a teenager and love it, and then pick it up again thirty years later and have a completely different, equally rewarding reading experience.” — Nikki Tate, CBC All Points West“One part travel narrative, one part spiritual fable, one part historical fiction, and one part adventure story—this tragic tale pulls readers in with its strong voice, richly depicted setting, and chilling confrontations with a shape-shifting Satan. Russell weaves magic into the narrative.” —Meghan Radomske, CM Magazine.“Russell has told his fable…and it is done beautifully.”  —Alison Edwards, Resource Links“Read it.  Because it’s not likely you’re ever going to find anything like the Black Bottle Man again.” — Stephanie Yip, What If? Magazine“…this fable will intrigue teens who like historical fiction and the satisfying thrill of rooting for a persistent, humble hero.”  — Joan Marshall, Bookseller“A truly unique story. The author tackles his “fable” with imagination and great turns of phrase.”  — Jury comments, Manitoba Book Awards“Scenes alternate effectively between an urban present and the various times and places of Rembrandt’s travels, with a particularly moving evocation of the Dirty Thirties.”  — Jury comments, Manitoba Book Awards - - Magazines and Juries

Author Biography

Craig Russell grew up on what may be the flattest half-section of land on the planet, six miles north of Carman, Manitoba. He now is now a lawyer and lives in Brandon. His fable, Black Bottle Man, has been reprinted numerous times and continues to be picked up for course adoption. •WINNER – Gold Medal,  2011 Moonbeam Awards•FINALIST Aurora Awards•FINALIST McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award•FINALIST Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book•A 2011 On the Same Page selection•A CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens selection