The Boy from the Sun,
Night Wall (Night Walkers),
and Spacesnake are also
available in hard cover. To order hardcover copies of these books go
and Noble, or your local library.Other
eBook titles will become available in hardcover in the future.
Boy from the Sun
Inspired by a dream and a flash of morning sunlight, this story begins
when a boy who drops from the sky takes three sad children into a timeless
forest. The children are awestruck by the beauty of the forest, animals
and people. Before the boy from the sun leaves the children, he recites
a poem about the fantastic opportunities that come from Chance, Choice,
original version won the 2007 Governor
General's Award and the 2008
Ruth and Silvia Schwartz Children's Picture Book Award,
Canada's top two literary awards for children's publishing. The eBook
version contains 8 additional illustrations.
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Ages: 6 – 12 (With contemporary themes for
parents and collectors alike.)
Julie's first assignement as caretaker is to care for a young girl named
Sara whose parents have run into some trouble. Julie is determined to
do a good job and takes Sara from Seattle to a cabin in the woods of
British Columbia. Mysterious forces begin to work against Julie when
a wall is built around the cabin. As monsters creep out of the woods,
Julie is frightened, but Sara is delighted.
5 – 12
On a little colony of asteroids, a Spacesnake fires up its rockets to
scare the daylights out of the Asterians. Thinking that all the Asterians
have hidden themselves in their asteroids the Spacesnake shows its true
colors by shedding its armor and sampling the delectable goodies from
the Asterbake. When his plot against the Asterians is foiled by a little
boy, he broods alone in space until a small Asterian arrives for a friendly
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9869284-2-0
Age: 5 – 12
love bird, is too tired to deliver an important letter to his girlfriend,
Laurette. Hamish asks his friend, an ant, to deliver the letter for
him. The ant is delighted to help. To accomplish his mission, the ant
must stay on the one and only vine that will take him to Laurette’s
home. Along the way, he meets other creatures in the jungle who cause
him to reflect on his mission and try to tempt him away from the vine.
The surprising and humourous ending reveals a moral: you can’t
take love for granted.
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9869284-6-8
Ages: 4 – 12 (With contemporary themes for parents and collectors
Habu is a snake with a big appetite for devouring all kinds of creatures.
When he decides to go see a play at the Jungle Library, Habu is determined
to practice restraint, but his journey there is filled with temptation.
With great effort he succeeds, bringing unexpected results and delightful
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9869284-7-5
Ages: 5 – 11
A huge electronic theme-park monster has escaped from Canada and is
hiding somewhere in Mexico. Felix, a homeless boy, hears about strange
goings-on in a small Mexican town called Bello and travels there to
find the Big Electric Cat battling a giant tornado in order to save
the small town from destruction.
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9869284-3-7
Ages: 5 – 9 (With contemporary themes for parents and collectors
Rats, rats, rats! There are lots of rats in this long poem about rats
running around in circles being rats. Where are they from? Are they
dangerous? Or are they just rats? At 75 pages, this eBook contains a
long poem, a gallery, and two other stories, "Pindakaas" and
"Skate Park Escape."
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9869284-8-2
Ugg and the Drip
Ages: 6 – 12
The residents of the city of the Great Tube are losing their minds!
High above their homes, a small pipe has a leak which drip, drip, drips,
so sharply at night that no one can sleep. After a stranger to the city,
Dr. Yes, shows everyone how to make a pair of ear-mugs to block the
sound, the residents sleep so deeply that they forget to listen for
the Ugg. When the Ugg destroys buildings in the Great Tube, the furious
residents banish Dr. Yes. He sets out to find the Ugg, educate him,
and return in triumph. Will he succeed?
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9869284-4-4
Ages: 6 – 12 (With contemporary themes for parents and collectors
A new adventure with the Ugg begins on Earth when the creature runs
away from his home, an underground tube. Dr. Yes and Dox begin to search
for him, only to find that the distribution of all oil and gasoline
has mysteriously stopped, making it impossible to travel by car, plane,
or train. After meeting up with Princess Emma from Norway, they find
other ways to travel and discover an exciting world of variety. But
their arrival at the Tar Sands reveals the horrible truth that you can't
take the beauty of the world for granted. The Ugg certainly doesn't.
This book has 65 original illustrations.
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9869284-5-1
Ages: 6 – 12 (With contemporary themes for parents and collectors
alike.) Based on an animated short film, this story was created for
a police department to help children deal with their emotions after
experiencing a break-and-enter, in their home.
Arriving home to their castle in the forest a family discovers that
monsters have broken in and have ransacked their home. By supporting
each other and fighting their fears, the family drives out the monsters.
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9869284-9-9
Should any of these books become very popular Duncan is open to discussing
options with an established publisher.
The following books are at various stages of completion. Financial support
from the Ontario Arts Council has been instrumental in the development
of The Girl from the Moon, Tiger Dream, and Lara Wood. All works below
contain contemporary themes for parents and collectors alike.
Ugg Saves the World
When the Ugg causes damage to the city, the residents decide he cannot
be taught, and is locked up. With help from his friends, he escapes
and goes on a run which leads to Dr. Yes finally solving the mystery
behind the Ugg's need to explore and wreck old buildings. But there's
bigger trouble threatening the city, and Dr. Yes realizes that the Ugg
is just the right creature to save the world.
Young Adult Novel
Near the town of Prince Lake in the mountains of British Columbia, a
large mysterious structure with a WWII past has been rebuilt into a
car factory. Nearby, a genetic mix of bears and wild cats has developed
the ability to walk on two legs, talk, and create their own culture.
Their underground lair is slowly decaying as tensions between two opposing
groups is coming to a head. One group is planning acts of terrorism
against the humans in Prince Lake, while the other is hatching a plot
to kidnap a young boy who represents the best of human nautre, or so
they assume. Their plot succeeds when they nab Jimmy who then becomes
"Upcat." At first, Jimmy is an eager participant who helps
his new and very strange friends. But after he suffers beatings and
betrayals, an ugly side of his nature emerges. With their future hinging
on Upcat, the decisions he makes could either save or destroy the Undercats
Girl from the Moon
Luna is given a mission by her mother, The Moon, to take three sad children
on a night-time journey through the forest that also walks them through
time. Their path and the environment changes as the children move through
four major stages of history that affect life today.
An angry wizard places a curse on a young traveler. In an effort to
convince the wizard that the young man is innocent of the crimes he
has been accused of, Lara, a farm girl, sets out into the woods.
A tiger, upset that he was called a "pompous old bore," escapes
from the zoo and terrorizes children by eating them. Thinking that he
might be the tiger's fourth victim, a young boy who had been left alone
in an apartment for the very first time, invents clever trickster stories
to dissuade the tiger from making him his next meal.
From the author:
As this story evolves, it is quickly revealing itself as a potential
graphic novel. It has been inspired by my interest in African American
trickster stories, especially Br'er Rabbit, as well as my interest in
the Harlem Renaissance. I was also influenced by the etching I produced
for an international competition to illustrate Yann Martel's book, "The
Life of Pi." My story is substantially different from Martel's
telling, or the tale that inspired Martel to write his novel - "Max
and the Cats" by Moacyr Scliar which is about a Jaguar in a boat
with a boy.
978-0-9869382-1-4 - This
work is being made possible by the support of the Ontario Arts Council's
Chalmers Arts Fellowship.