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Ebook Details
  • 07/2019
  • B07V751CGL
  • 232 pages
  • $5.99
print Details
  • 978-0998449234
  • 232 pages
  • $9.99
Rhonda Smiley
Author
Monty and the Monster

Children/Young Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

When seventh grader Monty Hyde moves for the fourth time in two years, it’s the same old story. New neighborhood, new school, new bullies. With his dad working all the time and his older brother too popular to notice, he’s the lonely outcast yet again. That is, until he discovers a mysterious replication serum in his basement and decides to make a friend. From scratch. But when his creation turns out to be a stinky, hairy eight-foot-tall monster that might be snacking on the locals, Monty knows he must undo his experiment. Problem is, it’s the best friend he’s ever had.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: The flow of this novel is flawlessly plotted and will easily engage young readers from the opening page. The author strikes a fine balance between the fun, fantastical circumstances and the exploration of "every kid" issues facing the protagonist.

Prose/Style: Natural dialogue and interaction among the characters is consistent throughout the novel. The author clearly understands the mind of a middle school tween; Monty's voice shows authentic emotion, as he experiences moments of vulnerability and bravery, self-deprecation, and self-assuredness.

Originality: The story of a lonely kid finding an unusual new friend is hardly unique. Yet Smiley's blend of humor and sensitivity, along with a memorable monster character, allow the work to stand out.

Character Development: Each character is relatable and carefully developed, which makes the story (even its implausible elements) come across as believable. The dialogue between the characters is often funny, even as the story addresses serious issues. Readers will come to care about these individuals, whose inner turmoil often develops from circumstances that are beyond their control.

Date Submitted: July 30, 2019

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 07/2019
  • B07V751CGL
  • 232 pages
  • $5.99
print Details
  • 978-0998449234
  • 232 pages
  • $9.99

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