The Monstrumologist

Yancey, Rick. The Monstrumologist. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009. Print. ISBN 13: 9781416984481. Hardback. $17.99.

Annotation: After Will Henry’s parents are killed he is taken in as an assistant by his father’s boss, the strange and secretive Dr. Pellinore Warthrop. It turns out that the doctor hunts down real-life monsters and Will Henry is in for a dangerous adventure.

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“Snap to, Will Henry!” These may just be the words that twelve-year-old Will hears the most. And Will obeys every “snap to” because it’s the favorite directive of his boss and caretaker, the mysterious Dr. Pellinore Warthrop. The doctor is a self-described Monstrumologist, meaning that he finds, studies, and catalogs monsters. Not the shadowy creatures you may think hide in the closet or under the bed – real monsters –  ones that tear humans limb from limb.

Will goes on a dangerous and mysterious mission with the doctor and his associates to stop an infestation of a particularly vicious type of monster from continuing their bloody rampage across Will’s town. Riveting and eerie, Will’s story is the only one of its kind. Told through retrospective journal entries, Will Henry provides a glimpse into the life of then man whose secrets he had sworn to keep, the man who saved Will, the man who condemned Will – The Monstrumologist.

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Dine like the Doctor: Tea and raspberry scones.

Quotables: “Yes, my dear child, monsters are real… I happen to have one hanging in my basement.” (pg 119)

The Monstrumologist is a Michael L. Printz Honor Book (2010). It was also a 2013 nominee for the Abraham Lincoln Award which is voted on by students, grades 9-12, in Illinois.

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YOUR OPTIONS: The Monstrumologist is available in print, eBook, CD audio, and downloadable audio formats.

Anastasia Vito © 2014

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