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Man Made Boy Hardcover – October 3, 2013
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Boy, the son of the original Frankenstein’s monster, lives a sheltered existence at The Show, a Broadway revue featuring various fantastical creatures, such as Medusa, a troupe of dancing trolls, and a siren. But Skovron (Misfit, 2011) doesn’t stop there. In a clever reimagining of Shelley’s Frankenstein, Boy has also unwittingly created a sentient computer virus, VI, which has escaped into the world and seeks revenge. Passing for an incredibly ugly human, Boy flees the confines of The Show as well as the consequence of his creation, embarking on a road trip to L.A., where he finds a comfortable existence in an enclave of magical creatures working in TV special effects. But Boy still has to contend with the creature he spurned and takes drastic measures to set things right. Skovron’s mile-a-minute latest is overstuffed with magical creatures of every type, dangerous pursuits, revenge narratives, and teenage romances, but fantasy-loving teens will get a kick out of the action-heavy, comical supernatural mash-up. Boy learns a handy lesson about self-acceptance and bravery, too. For more connections to Shelley’s classic, suggest Stephanie Hemphill’s Hideous Love (2013), reviewed above. Grades 9-12. --Sarah Hunter
Praise for MAN MADE BOY by Jon Skovron:
“Man Made Boy is monstrously fun. Skovron weaves all things creepy and strange into a tale that is heartwarming, hilarious, and full of memorable characters. You won't be able to put this one down!” —John Corey Whaley, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for Where Things Come Back
“A remarkable mash-up of Old World myth and post-modern techno-geek, Man Made Boy is one of the most original and compelling tales I’ve encountered. Evocative and utterly engrossing, Skovron has mastered the beauty, tragedy, and hilarity of the fine line between monsters and men. Read this book and marvel at his creation.” —Andrea Cremer, bestselling author of the Nightshade series
“This book has heart, brains, and everything else a book (or a monster or a reader) needs. Love monsters? If you do, Jon Skovron’s Man Made Boy is for you. If you don’t, why not?” —Kelly Link, award-winning author of Magic for Beginners
"A comically creepy coming-of-age road trip..." —Kirkus
"...a clever reimagining of Shelley’s Frankenstein..." —Booklist
" [a] tumultuous tale of attachment and growth..." —Publishers Weekly
"Boy is a guy to whom plenty of teens will relate, and they’ll be pleased to discover that the big wide world has a place for just about everyone and every monster." —BCCB
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BTW: still waiting for a sequel to MISFIT.
The book also sounds like it's set-up for a sequel, although I didn't completely believe that the main character would go where he went in the end (not going to spoil it, I promise). It seemed to contradict his previous actions/personality. But that's the author's prerogative, so I was wiling to let it go.
A really fun read that moves fast!
You begin to care about these strange characters and want to see what they will do next in this coming of age story. It's strange and delightful. Made me want to go back and review my knowledge of Frankenstein!
Teen fiction author Jon Skovron’s Man Made Boy is all that and more. What a wild ride this book is! When I found this gem in a used bookstore and read the flap I just had to try it. It sounded ridiculous but it also sounded intriguing. I found myself shockingly surprised at how good it actually was!
When Frankenstein’s monster and his beloved Bride of Frankenstein have a baby, they name their son "Boy". This brilliant fantasy novel is Boy’s coming of age story as he turns from child to man, monster within. Boy lives with his famous parents hidden underground below a theater in New York where all the magical creatures you thought were only a myth, really do live and breathe and put on a daily freak show. This quirky family of odd creatures adorn themselves with a magical powder called Glamour that while on stage, allows them to look like humans. Tired of being a freak hiding underground like a mole, Boy busts out of his monstrous prison and heads out into the land of humans to make his way into the world alone.
His journeys will entertain, scare, and warm the hearts of readers as they fall in love with his huge patchwork body with and enormous heart. Along the way you will encounter many famous mythical creatures and frightening monsters that bring Boy into their fold teaching him ways to survive and stand tall for what he is. From Medusa, dragons, elves, a wind-up mechanical man, werewolves, manticores, centaurs, and very large spiders, to the Invisible Man and the granddaughters of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this book is a rip-roaring fun excursion into the bizarre that will make you laugh, cry, cringe in fear, and finally stand up and cheer! Five stars for creativity and damn good story telling. I can’t wait to read the sequel sitting on my nightstand now!
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