HarperCollins Children’s Books
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Upper Middle Grade Fantasy
The city of Bryre suffers under the magic of an evil wizard. Because of his curse, girls sicken and disappear without a trace, and Bryre’s inhabitants live in fear. No one is allowed outside after dark.
Yet night is the only time that Kymera can enter this dangerous city, for she must not be seen by humans. Her father says they would not understand her wings, the bolts in her neck, or her spiky tail—they would kill her. They would not understand that she was created for a purpose: to rescue the girls of Bryre.
Despite her caution, a boy named Ren sees Kym and begins to leave a perfect red rose for her every evening. As they become friends, Kym learns that Ren knows about the missing girls, the wizard, and the evil magic that haunts Bryre.
And what he knows will change Kym’s life.
Reminiscent of Frankenstein and the tales of the Brothers Grimm, this debut novel by MarcyKate Connolly stands out as a compelling, original story that has the feel of a classic.
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Praise for MONSTROUS
"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."
“Connolly invokes fairy-tale elements with ease, and...the formidable theme of sacrifice resonates far beyond the final page.”
"While Kymera’s journey reads like a timeless fairy tale, my favorite thing about her is that she’s not waiting to be rescued. She is the rescuer. She’s tough, vibrant, intelligent and brave enough to be vulnerable. This is a dazzling and unique once-upon-a-time about a girl who is part dragon, part bird, part cat, all hero."
"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."
"Magic, fantastic creatures, mythology, & a bit of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein combine here for an exciting…tale."
"From its first line, Monstrous had me in its grip. MarcyKate Connolly has created a fresh and wildly inventive dark fairy tale about Kym, a protagonist as sweet as she is strong. 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."
"Readers seeking a lengthy, thoughtful novel, particularly those who appreciate careful world-building, will find this worth their time."
"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."
"Frankenstein meets Coraline in this creepy tale. Kymera, reborn of animal parts and a human brain, knows nothing except that she loves her father, who has built her for a mysterious, disturbing purpose. Though Kymera's guileless narration ensures that readers always suspect more than she does, Connolly's technique effectively builds a sense of dread, as does her skillful interweaving of fairy-tale elements."
"Once I started reading, I could hardly do anything else--the elegant writing, vividly imagined world, and Kymera's marvelous strength kept me hooked. Brave, refreshing, and entirely enchanting, Monstrous is a book that will stand the tests of time."
Awards & Recognition
Spring 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection
Finalist, 2015 New England Book Award, Childrens
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