MarcyKate Connolly

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books | Release date: 2/10/2015 |
ISBN: 9780062272713 | Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

About the Book

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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About the Author

MarcyKate Connolly is a writer and nonprofit administrator living in New England with her husband and pugs. She’s also a coffee addict and voracious reader. Monstrous is her first published novel.

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Discussion Guide

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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 and The Real Boy

“Connolly invokes fairy-tale elements with ease, and…the formidable theme of sacrifice resonates far beyond the final page.”
-Publisher’s Weekly

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

“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

“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

“Brave, refreshing, and entirely enchanting, Monstrous is a book that will stand the tests of time.”
Claire Legrand, author of The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls and The Year of Shadows