From the author of former Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month Tin comes a thoughtful and exciting story of a monster discovered by human children and the monstrous methods others will use to drive them into hiding again.
Our Children's Book of the Month for October 2021
Sometimes the monsters take us. Sometimes we become the monsters.
Mirabelle has always known she is a monster. When the glamour protecting her unusual family from the human world is torn and an orphaned brother and sister stumble upon Rookhaven, Mirabelle soon discovers that friendship can be found in the outside world.
But as something far more sinister comes to threaten them all, it quickly becomes clear that the true monsters aren't necessarily the ones you can see.
A thought-provoking, chilling and beautifully written novel, Padraig Kenny's The Monsters of Rookhhaven, stunningly illustrated by Edward Bettison, explores difference and empathy through the eyes of characters you won't want to let go.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 254 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 24 mm
'A stunning book . . . a brand new take on the monster story' - Eoin Colfer
'Unique, thrilling and moving . . . with its timely - yet timeless - message of choosing empathy over fear, The Monsters of Rookhaven is proof that Padraig Kenny is one of the best children's writers around' - Shane Hegarty, author of Darkmouth
'Kenny embraces a new Gothic sensibility in this memorable, nuanced novel that pairs real chills with empathy and emotion. He's certainly a name to watch.' - Bookseller
'An extraordinary fantasy adventure with a touch of horror and loads of heart' - Sarah Webb
'I loved this quirky tale of family and friendship, set in the Shirley Jackson-esque small town of Rookhaven' - Kelly McGaughrain
'Kenny is a thrilling writer who knows how to chill his readers' - Telegraph
In praise of Tin:
'Kenny is adept at harnessing the potential for child-pleasing humour... His characterization is a particular strength' - Times Literary Supplement
'One of a kind. Utterly fantastic.' - Eoin Colfer
'Full of empathy, anger, sorrow and love, this is a robot story squarely focused on what it means to be human' - Guardian
'Tin is a remarkably assured debut novel, full of imagination, and his fascinating mechanicals are as carefully crafted as the plot' - Irish Independent
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