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Issue Details: First known date: 1995 1995
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'Carter Lawrance is cool. He's a city kid. His parents have just bought a run-down farm in the middle of nowhere, and Carter is not happy. Then he discovers the rotting barn in the swamp ... and the giant, white worms ... and the claw prints of the creature that feeds on them' (source: back cover).

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has an Indonesian translation.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Port Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Lothian , 1995 .
      Extent: 47p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 0850917212 (pbk.)
      Series: After Dark Gary Crew (editor), Lothian (publisher), 1995 series - publisher children's thriller horror After Dark is a popular series of thrillers, some containing mild horror or supernatural content, written for older children by Australian and New Zealand authors. The books are extensively illustrated, and are targeted at reluctant readers, although their appeal has proved to be much wider. The series is edited by Gary Crew, who has also authored some of the books in the series. After Dark has also been published as a series in the United Kingdom by Franklin Watts. According to the Courier Mail (Brisbane), "All the stories [in the After Dark series] are strong, dramatic and chilling. They are rich in symbolism and meaning. They are well crafted and feature a range of story structures from simple narratives to complex multi-layered plots. After Dark offers the promise of heart-stopping, spine-tingling drama and it doesn't disappoint."
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Franklin Watts , 1999 .
      Extent: 46p.p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 0749635207
      Series: After Dark Franklin Watts (publisher), 1999 series - publisher children's fiction horror Number in series: 2
Language: Indonesian
    • Jakarta, Java,
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      Indonesia,
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      Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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      Elex Media Komputindo , 1997 .
      Alternative title: Misteri gudang tua
      Extent: 40p.p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 9796637480

Works about this Work

Writing on the Edge: Gary Crew's Fiction Alice Mills , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 8 no. 3 1998; (p. 25-35)
Mills gives an overview of Australian author Gary Crew's work, which she describes as 'characterized by doubt' and offering endings which remain unresolved rather than the formulaic 'happy endings' which permeate conventional children's stories (25). Crew has won many literary awards for his children's fiction, however his stories are decidely ambiguous and post-modern in their 'celebration of doubt' (34), which attracts criticism on the grounds that the texts are too 'difficult and demanding for young children' (25). Mills offers a succinct and insightful discussion which explores how Crew's narratives of child-adolescent maturation play with the conventions of the gothic-horror genre by refusing 'the guarantee of a revelation to come' (34). Mills says 'At his strongest, he brings to the reader's notice the human need to make sense of the world. The power of his fiction derives not from him meeting such needs but from playing upon them' (25).
The Varied Talents of Gary Crew Shelda Debowski , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , May vol. 40 no. 2 1996; (p. 40)

— Review of Caleb Gary Crew 1996 single work children's fiction ; The Lost Diamonds of Killiecrankie Gary Crew 1995 selected work prose ; The Barn Gary Crew 1995 single work children's fiction
The Varied Talents of Gary Crew Shelda Debowski , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , May vol. 40 no. 2 1996; (p. 40)

— Review of Caleb Gary Crew 1996 single work children's fiction ; The Lost Diamonds of Killiecrankie Gary Crew 1995 selected work prose ; The Barn Gary Crew 1995 single work children's fiction
Writing on the Edge: Gary Crew's Fiction Alice Mills , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , December vol. 8 no. 3 1998; (p. 25-35)
Mills gives an overview of Australian author Gary Crew's work, which she describes as 'characterized by doubt' and offering endings which remain unresolved rather than the formulaic 'happy endings' which permeate conventional children's stories (25). Crew has won many literary awards for his children's fiction, however his stories are decidely ambiguous and post-modern in their 'celebration of doubt' (34), which attracts criticism on the grounds that the texts are too 'difficult and demanding for young children' (25). Mills offers a succinct and insightful discussion which explores how Crew's narratives of child-adolescent maturation play with the conventions of the gothic-horror genre by refusing 'the guarantee of a revelation to come' (34). Mills says 'At his strongest, he brings to the reader's notice the human need to make sense of the world. The power of his fiction derives not from him meeting such needs but from playing upon them' (25).
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