Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

MONSTROUS, by MarcyKate Connolly


The story: Don’t let the picture on the cover fool you–this isn’t a cartoon story about a 4th-grade girl. It’s a great fantasy read featuring a young woman who’s been assembled from pieces and parts of others. What makes her different from Frankenstein? Even she doesn’t know, except that as her memories come back a bit at a time, she knows she loves the town and people of Bryre, and that she’ll do whatever is necessary to save them. (Oh, and Frankenstein’s monster was never friends with a dragon. There’s that.)

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: Don’t be fooled by the little-kid appearance of the cover:  this is really a story for middle-school readers–a straight-up fantasy with a strong lead character coming into her memories and into her own just in time to make an unexpected decision–one that sets this story apart from other fantasy/romance novels out there. Good stuff!


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