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A Monster Like Me Hardcover – March 5, 2019
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"For as long as she can remember, Sophie has identified herself as a monster. She either shrouds her face with her long hair or hides behind her Big Book of Monsters to keep others from seeing the hemangioma on her face. She knows that people will think if she s disfigured on the outside, she must be on the inside. Smart, but self-consciously quiet, Sophie thinks she can identify other people as various types of monsters, witches, or fae folk. Bullies may surround her, but Sophie must confront her own fears. Will she ever allow herself to be just a human girl? Swore integrates The Big Book of Monsters into the fabric of the book by beginning each chapter with the description of a different monster, creating a disruption in the first-person narrative but also adding insight into how Sophie views the world. Swore s character-driven debut, in the vein of R. J. Palacio's Wonder, allows readers to step inside Sophie s thoughts and to understand and empathize with her, leaving them to wonder how they would react if they were Sophie."--Booklist
"Give to readers who enjoy books like R.J. Palacio's Wonder."--School Library Journal
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Sophie believes her birthmark, and resulting monster-hood, were caused by a curse; a curse she intends to break! With the wisdom in the pages of her beloved monster book and the help of her new friend Autumn (whose spunky, optimistic personality quickly made her one of my favorite characters!), Sophie hopes to gather enough magical objects to banish her monster for good.
As the story unfolds, many topics near and dear to middle grade reader’s hearts are explored. These include bullying, friendship, single parents dating, self-acceptance, and how to know what kind of person (or monster!) you are. As a former 5th and 6th grade teacher, I highly recommend this book for middle grade readers.