In order to avoid the terrifying monster that only he can see, Jamie participates in beast-controlling rituals, until he learns about the real danger his classmate experiences at the hands of an abusive parent. Reprint. VY. SLJ. "
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Grade 4-7?Jamie, 11, has many fears, but two rule his life. First, there is the beast. This creature, visible only to him, thrashes outside his bedroom at midnight, waiting for the moment to destroy him. His only protection is a series of superstitious rituals that he performs with increasing complexity. Simultaneously, he is terrorized by the school bully; avoiding Brendan's threats and mischief become an obsession as well. One night, Jamie accidentally witnesses his nemesis being abused by his father; this incident leads to a confrontation with Brendan and ultimately to a better understanding of him. Buoyed by this success, Jamie comes to realize that while magic can't stop bad things from happening, intelligence and courage can. The boy's interactions with Brendan are more credible and satisfying than those with the monster. Wild writes in simple, but effective, prose, offering insights on the topics of fear, abuse, and having compassion for your enemy. While the themes are obvious, they are not overbearing, and do not detract from a riveting plot and endearing characters.?Tim Rausch, Crescent View Middle School, Sandy, UT
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Book Description Apple, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0590471597
Book Description Apple, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0590471597