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Monstrous by [Connolly, MarcyKate]
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Length: 437 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 8 - 12 Grade Level: 3 - 7

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Gr 4–7—Kymera lives with a man she calls "Father" in a hidden compound outside of Bryre, a city threatened by the dark magic of a murderous, jealous wizard. When she first awakens, Kymera slowly begins to recognize that she is different than her so-called father, Barnabas; he has no tail or wings, his skin isn't mottled, and there are no bolts on his neck. He explains that Kymera is special, one of a kind. Barnabas tells his creation that he saved her from the wizard to help the people of Bryre and liberate the girls who fall ill from the wizard's evil curse. Soon Barnabas feels that Kymera's education is complete—she knows how, where, and when to fly; how to use her stinging tail; and more—and she is sent to the city to free sickened girls. Barnabas contends that they will be found in a beautiful place called Belladona. Kyrmera begins to satisfy her curiosity about the people of Bryre and fragments of memory emerge. As she gradually befriends a boy named Ren and connects with Batu, a rock dragon, the truth about Barnabas, Bryre, and all those around Kymera begins to become clear. Tension builds as Kymera's innocence fades, gradually revealed through her first-person narration. Though slow to start, the action picks up and hurtles along at a breathtaking pace. Loose ends are tied up in the main, although the final battle and Kymera's fate are revealed a bit too quickly. Magic, fantastic creatures, mythology, and a bit of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein combine here for an exciting, if sometimes overlong, tale.—Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library

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“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 (.)

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)

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)

Magic, fantastic creatures, mythology, and a bit of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein combine here for an exciting…tale. (School Library Journal)

Connolly invokes fairy-tale elements with ease, and... the formidable theme of sacrifice resonates far beyond the final page. (Publishers Weekly)

“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 (.)

Product details

  • File Size: 2048 KB
  • Print Length: 437 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (February 10, 2015)
  • Publication Date: February 10, 2015
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KFFWKTY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,505 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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