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Title:
A monster like me
Summary:
Convinced that if she looks like a monster on the outside (a blood tumor covers half of her face), she must be a monster on the inside as well, Sophie tries to find a cure before her mother finds out the truth.-- Provided by Publisher.
Physical Description:
298 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Publisher:
Shadow Mountain,
Publication Date:
2019
ISBN:
9781629725550
Publication Information:
Salt Lake City, Utah : Shadow Mountain, [2019]

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J SWORE
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There are trolls, goblins, and witches. Which kind of monster is Sophie?

Sophie is a monster expert. Thanks to her Big Book of Monsters and her vivid imagination, Sophie can identify the monsters in her school and neighborhood. Clearly, the bullies are trolls and goblins. Her nice neighbor must be a good witch, and Sophie's new best friend is obviously a fairy. But what about Sophie? She's convinced she is definitely a monster because of the "monster mark" on her face. At least that's what she calls it. The doctors call it a blood tumor. Sophie tries to hide it but it covers almost half her face. And if she's a monster on the outside, then she must be a monster on the inside, too.

Being the new kid at school is hard. Being called a monster is even harder. Sophie knows that it's only a matter of time before the other kids, the doctors, and even her mom figure it out. And then her mom will probably leave--just like her dad did.

Because who would want to live with a real monster?

Inspired by real events in the author's life, A Monster Like Me teaches the importance of believing in oneself, accepting change, and the power of friendship.


Author Notes

Wendy S. Swore and her family are farmers. She writes part-time, particularly in winter when her farming chores give her time to plant seeds in her imagination. She is a member of SCBWI. This is her debut novel.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Sophie's got a big secret that she's desperate to keep hidden: she's actually a monster. She knows this because of the blood tumor bulging on her face, and from the Big Book of Monsters that she's carried around since she found it in her kindergarten library. Sophie doesn't expect anything to change after a big move, but her new neighborhood in Portland, OR, offers a new friend named Autumn (who Sophie thinks is a fairy), Autumn's kindly grandmother (definitely a witch), and Kelsi, a mechanic with a scarred face who rescues Sophie and her mom when their car breaks down (almost certainly a shape-shifting demon). In fact, Sophie believes that nearly everyone she meets is some kind of monster or fairy, which raises the stakes of every interaction. Sophie is sure that if she and Autumn can find the right spell in Mrs. Barrett's spell book, she will be able to be a normal human girl-free of any facial disfigurements. Sophie is a compelling if difficult protagonist; she is constantly self-sabotaging, and it is hard not to be frustrated by many of her choices. Chapters are interspersed with pages from Sophie's favorite book describing different monsters; while this device is sure to appeal to avid creature enthusiasts, the monsters described do not always relate to the story. Swore makes the questionable choice to bring in a Native character for the express purpose of briefly explaining the behavior of a crow, which is an unfortunate and unnecessarily tokenizing choice. Notably, no other characters' origins are designated as non-white. Overall, the story is engaging and likely to appeal to middle grade readers. VERDICT Give to readers who enjoy books like R.J. Palacio's Wonder, Sharon Draper's Out of My Mind, and Raina Telgemeier's Ghosts.-Kelsey Socha, Ventress Memorial Library, Marshfield, MA © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.