The Viewer by Gary Crew

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For Tristan, the city dump was a treasure trove full of history. He would take each sad, broken, and dirty thing apart to see how each could be made to tick, whir, or ring. Then he found the box. It was filled with lenses, a microscope, a monocle, a magnifying glass, and a Viewmaster. What Tristan saw through the dark orbs as he clicked the viewer was like nothing he had ever seen before. He clicked more slowly, then crept into bed, trembling...

Afraid, Tristan tried to pull the viewer from his eyes, but he could not. He tried to look away, but he could not. Something compelled him to keep looking, to try--against his own wishes--to actually enter this thing, this machine.

In the morning when Tristan had not come down, his mom called him. There was no answer. She went to his bedroom, knocked and went in. Tristan's bed was empty, but on his desk was a box, its lid closed, its latch firmly locked. Which was curious... very curious indeed.


About Gary Crew

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Gary Crew was born on September 23, 1947 in Brisbane, Australia. Gary attended State Primary and High Schools in Brisbane, English and Art were his favorite subjects, but he left school aged 16 to become a cadet Civil Engineering Draftsman. After he had graduated from the Queensland Institute of Technology and worked in a drawing office for ten years as a design draftsman, he became bored and decided to become a teacher. After that, Crew re-educated himself, earning his master's degree in literature at Queensland University. He became a teacher in 1974 and went on to become head of English at various high schools in Brisbane. Gary Crew began writing fiction in 1985. Because of his teaching background and his own teenage children, he entered the Teenage Fiction or Young Adult genre and has published 12 novels in that field. He has twice been awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia, Book of the Year for Older Readers, for Strange Objects in 1991 and Angel's Gate in 1993. Gary has also been twice short listed for the Edgar Allan Poe Mystery Fiction Award for Youth in the USA and awarded the American Children's Book of Distinction. Among his many awards is the Ned Kelly Prize for Crime Fiction. He also specializes in fiction texts for Illustrated Books for Older Readers. He has won the CBC Book of the Year twice in the Picture Book category, for First Light in 1993 and The Watertower in 1994. He was short listed for this award in 2000 with Memorial. He is the series Editor of Lothian's After Dark series of Macabre Tales. Crew is a lecturer in Creative Writing, Children's and Adult Literature at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He is the Chair of the Queensland Writers' Centre. Shaun Tan ("A Day in the Life") grew up in Perth, Western Australia, and made up for the fact that he was the shortest kid in every class by being known as a "good drawer." Besides working full-time as an illustrator of his own stories, Shaun has worked as a designer in theater and film, and also directed the Academy Award-winning short film The Lost Thing.
Published October 1, 2003 by Lothian Children's Books. 32 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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When Tristan looks at the discs, their content has changed to haunting images of the colonial era, world war and present-day pollution.

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Which is what the machine might - or might not - have done, and also what the story will undoubtedly do - capture you, and require constant turning.

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