Monstrous

Marcykate Connolly (Author) Skottie Young (Illustrator)
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Description

Reminiscent of Frankenstein and tales by the Brothers Grimm, this debut novel stands out as a compelling, original story that has the feel of a classic.

The city of Bryre suffers under the magic of an evil wizard. Because of his curse, girls sicken and disappear without a trace, and all live in fear. No one is allowed outside after dark. Night is when Kymera comes to the city, with a cloak disguising her wings, the bolts in her neck, and her spiky tail. Her mission is to rescue the girls of Bryre. Despite Kym's caution in going secretively, a boy named Ren sees and befriends her . . . but what he knows will change her world forever.

Product Details

Price
$16.99
Publisher
HarperCollins
Publish Date
February 10, 2015
Pages
432
Dimensions
5.8 X 8.5 X 1.4 inches | 1.0 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780062272713

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About the Author

MarcyKate Connolly is a New York Times bestselling children's book author and nonprofit administrator who lives in New England with her family and a grumble of pugs. She graduated from Hampshire College (a magical place where they don't give you grades) where she wrote an opera sequel to Hamlet as the equivalent of senior thesis. It was also there that she first fell in love with plotting and has been dreaming up new ways to make life difficult for her characters ever since. She is also the author of the Shadow Weaver series and The Star Shepherd. You can visit her online at marcykate.com.

Skottie Young is an award-winning cartoonist and writer who illustrates New York Times bestselling adaptations of L. Frank Baum's Oz novels for Marvel Entertainment. His unique art style and sensibilities have drawn acclaim worldwide, earning him multiple Eisner Awards. He has worked in comics, toys, and animation for Marvel, Warner Bros., Image Comics, Mattel, Cartoon Network, and many more. Skottie lives in Illinois.

Reviews

"Like a literary mad scientist, MarcyKate Connolly takes bits from classic fairy tales and legends and uses them to assemble a creation that is wholly original and wonderfully strange. Subversive, bewitching, and whip-smart, Monstrous is a marvel of storytelling alchemy. --Anne Ursu, author of Breadcrumbs--.
"Kym's bravery shines, as she fights against the menacing forces in Bryre and also struggles to figure out where she, a self-described monster of a girl, belongs. This remarkable, absorbing debut will enchant readers. --Rebecca Behrens, author of When Audrey Met Alice--.
"Pays tribute to classic fairy tales while turning the tradition on its head. A smart, ambitious adventure, led by a heroine whose differences only enhance her humanity." --Emma Trevayne, author of Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times--.
"This is a dazzling and unique once-upon-a-time about a girl who is part dragon, part bird, part cat, all hero." --Natalie Lloyd, author of A Snicker of Magic--.
A likely read-aloud that has its share of guts, blood, and grim reality within this fantasy land, Monstrous will keep young readers thinking about trust, good and evil, friendship and loyalty, and devotion to community.--Booklist
Connolly invokes fairy-tale elements with ease, and... the formidable theme of sacrifice resonates far beyond the final page.--Publishers Weekly
Readers seeking a lengthy, thoughtful novel, particularly those who appreciate careful world-building, will find this worth their time.--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Magic, fantastic creatures, mythology, and a bit of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein combine here for an exciting...tale.--School Library Journal