Hide Sora notification

Try Sora - the student reading app, by OverDrive

Apple App Store
Google Play Store
  Main Nav
Deadman's Castle
Cover of Deadman's Castle
Deadman's Castle
Borrow Borrow
For most of his life, Igor and his family have been on the run. Danger lurks around every corner—or so he's always been told. . . . When Igor was five, his father witnessed a terrible crime—and ever...
For most of his life, Igor and his family have been on the run. Danger lurks around every corner—or so he's always been told. . . . When Igor was five, his father witnessed a terrible crime—and ever...
Available Formats-
  • OverDrive Read
  • EPUB eBook
Languages:-
Copies-
  • Available:
    2
  • Library copies:
    5

Recommended for you

 

Description-

  • For most of his life, Igor and his family have been on the run. Danger lurks around every corner—or so he's always been told. . . .
    When Igor was five, his father witnessed a terrible crime—and ever since, his whole family has been hunted by a foreboding figure bent on revenge, known only as the Lizard Man. They've lived in so many places, with so many identities, that Igor can't even remember his real name.

    But now he's twelve years old, and he longs for a normal life. He wants to go to school. Make friends. Stop worrying about how long it will be before his father hears someone prowling around their new house and uproots everything yet again. He's even starting to wonder—what if the Lizard Man only exists in his father's frightened mind?

    Slowly, Igor starts bending the rules he's lived by all his life—making friends for the first time, testing the boundaries of where he's allowed to go in town. But soon, he begins noticing strange things around them—is it in his imagination? Or could the Lizard Man be real after all?
    Iain Lawrence is a winner of Canada's Governor General's Children's Literature Prize and the California Young Reader Medal. In Deadman's Castle, he brings readers a mystery filled with intrigue and moments of heart-stopping danger.
    A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

About the Author-

  • Iain Lawrence is a journalist and the author of many acclaimed novels, including Ghost Boy, The Skeleton Tree, Lord of the Nutcracker Men, and the High Seas Trilogy: The Wreckers, The Smugglers, and The Buccaneers. He is the author of fifteen books for young readers and has received many accolades, among them the Governor General's Award and the California Young Reader Medal. He lives in the Gulf Islands, British Columbia.

Reviews-

  • Kirkus

    January 1, 2021
    The Lizard Man is after his family--or so a tween believes. By the time Igor, his unlikely chosen name, has reached his 12th birthday, he wants it all to end. He and his parents and little sister have been on the run from the person he's dubbed the Lizard Man, after his distinctive tattoo. When he was 5, his father reported a crime, after which they hurriedly left town; now they move frequently and keep to themselves while Dad reports to the Protectors. In their current town, Igor finally convinces his father to let him attend school, where he makes friends and plays sports and computer games for the first time. Goth Zoe favors black clothing and makeup. Angelo becomes his constant companion, even inviting him for a sleepover. In the company of his new friends and sometimes on his own, Igor begins to explore their town (against his father's firm directives), feeling a strange sense of familiarity with the streets and buildings. It is in Deadman's Castle, an odd building filled with underground rooms and passages, that Igor, his friends, and the Lizard Man come together in a life-threatening encounter. Friendship difficulties provide a contrast and an anchor to the terrifying threat, and the various plot elements are deftly tied together in a fitting twist that will have readers quickly turning the pages. Main characters are cued as White. Filled with suspense and intrigue. (Mystery. 9-12)

    COPYRIGHT(2021) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 25, 2021
    A family perpetually flees from a man with a lizard tattoo in this intriguing middle grade mystery. Six years prior to this book’s start, Igor Watson’s father “saw someone do a terrible thing”; ever since, the family has been on the run, changing towns and identities, and reporting to a witness protection agency, the Protectors, each time an ambiguous character known only as the Lizard Man tracks them down. Now 12, Igor—his most recent alias—persuades his parents that he should attend school. Slowly settling in, making friends, and experiencing bullying, Igor realizes just how restrictive his family’s rules are: always be home before dark, keep the curtains closed, lie about the family’s background. As Igor’s cover story starts to slip and he feels an odd sense of familiarity in his “new” town, he must decide just how far to trust his friends, even as he questions his father’s stability and the Lizard Man’s very existence. Against a suspenseful backdrop, Lawrence (The Skeleton Tree) pits Igor’s longing for normalcy against the precautions he takes to keep his family safe, creating a rapidly moving story with an interesting emotional arc. Ages 9–12. Agent: Jane Jordan Browne, Browne & Miller Literary.

  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2021

    Gr 3-7-Igor and his family have been running for as long as he can remember, ever since his father witnessed a crime. But now he is 12, and this time he gets to choose his new name while his father chooses his boundaries, where he can go alone, and mostly where he cannot. Breaking those boundaries was how Igor came to discover Rutherford B. Hayes Middle School and his absolute desire to be there. He has never had friends or any idea what a normal life could be until he insists on going to school. His first friends ever Zoe (an edgy goth girl who changes her identity yearly by choice) and Angelo (an Italian American former class bully) push him to start a new adventure without fear of the past and fear of the Lizard Man, who threatened his family all those years ago. Just as Igor begins to ask questions, the Lizard Man reappears. Featuring effective worldbuilding, this is a great, suspenseful tale of terror for upper middle graders. The hurried ending is the novel's only flaw. VERDICT A solid addition to middle school collections.-Sarah Voels, Cedar Rapids P.L., IA

    Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    March 1, 2021
    Grades 4-7 Ever since Igor can remember, his family has been on the run from a shadowy, terrifying figure known as the Lizard Man. They frequently change their names and move to houses in different communities, but the rules remain the same: for starters, keep the doors locked and the curtains closed, and let no one in. Now that the boy is 12 years old, he's determined to attend school for the first time and make friends. His father fearfully, grudgingly agrees, but he lays down new rules. When Igor breaks them, his worst fears materialize. He endangers himself and his friends as they struggle to escape from a man bent on vengeance. Lawrence, the Canadian writer whose High Seas Trilogy encompassed chilling historical novels, now offers a menacing, contemporary tale of dread, danger, and revenge. Portraying family dynamics and middle-school antics with equal insight and attention to detail, Igor's first-person narrative is absorbing. The well-paced story leads readers to wonder, along with Igor, whether his father is simply paranoid, until events lead to a very different conclusion.

    COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Title Information+

  • Publisher
    Holiday House
  • OverDrive Read
    Release date:
  • EPUB eBook
    Release date:

Digital Rights Information+

  • Copyright Protection (DRM) required by the Publisher may be applied to this title to limit or prohibit printing or copying. File sharing or redistribution is prohibited. Your rights to access this material expire at the end of the lending period. Please see Important Notice about Copyrighted Materials for terms applicable to this content.

You've reached your checkout limit.

Visit your Checkouts page to manage your titles.

Close

You already have this title checked out.

Want to go to your Checkouts?

Close

Recommendation Limit Reached.

You have reached the maximum number of titles you are allowed to recommend at this time. You can recommend up to 3 titles every 30 days.

Close

Sign in to recommend this title.

Recommend this title for your digital library.

Close

Enhanced Details:

Close
Close

Limited availability

Availability can change throughout the month based on the library's budget.

is available for days.

Once playback starts, you have hours to view the title.

Close

Permissions

Close

There are no copies of this issue left to borrow. Please try to borrow this title again when a new issue is released.

Close

The OverDrive Read format of this eBook has professional narration that plays while you read in your browser. Learn more here.

Close

Holds

Total holds:


Close

Restricted

Some format options have been disabled. You may see additional download options outside of this network.

Close

MP3 audiobooks are only supported on macOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.14 (Mojave). Learn more about MP3 audiobook support on Macs.

Close

Please update to the latest version of the OverDrive app to stream videos.

Close

You've reached your library's checkout limit for digital titles.

To make room for more checkouts, you may be able to return titles from your Checkouts page.

Close

Excessive Checkout Limit Reached.

There have been too many titles checked out and returned by your account within a short period of time.

Try again in several days. If you are still not able to check out titles after 7 days, please contact Support.

Close

You have already checked out this title. To access it, return to your Checkouts page.

Close

This title is not available for your card type. If you think this is an error contact support.

Close

An unexpected error has occurred.

If this problem persists, please contact support.

Close

Close

NOTE: Barnes and Noble® may change this list of devices at any time.

Close
Recommend this title for your digital library
Deadman's Castle
Deadman's Castle
Iain Lawrence
Optional:
Close
Buy it now
and support our digital library!
Deadman's Castle
Deadman's Castle
Iain Lawrence
A portion of your purchase goes to support your digital library.
Close
Barnes & Noble Sign In |   Sign In

The first time you select “Send to NOOK,” you will be taken to a Barnes & Noble page to sign into (or create) your NOOK account. You should only have to sign into your NOOK account once to link it to your library account. After this one-time step, periodicals will be automatically sent to your NOOK account when you select "Send to NOOK."

You can read periodicals on any NOOK tablet or in the free NOOK reading app for iOS, Android or Windows 8.

Accept to ContinueCancel

Sora Turbo
Get the app!
Apple App Store
Google Play Store
Brought to you by Halton District School Board, and built with 💕 by OverDrive.
Close

Renewing this title won't extend your lending period. Instead, it will let you borrow the title again immediately after your first lending period expires.

Close

You can't renew this title because there are holds on it. However, you can join the holds list and be notified when it becomes available for you to borrow again.

Close