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The stuffed toy monsters Rilla has been receiving from the Monster of the Month Club are continuing to come to life, and she desperately tries to hide them from her mother and aunt.
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Grade 4-7?The idea of being a member of the Monster of the Month Club and receiving a "cozy collectible" that has the potential of coming to life during certain star alignments is the only thing that keeps this rambling story alive. Rilla Harmony Earth lives in the attic of her mother and aunt's natural-food bed-and-breakfast. As the summer begins, her adventures include her sometimes secretly alive and puckish plush toys, her crush on fellow homeschooler Joshua, her dealings with various guests (especially the psychic Mother Lazuli), and her quest for the identity of her father. Monsters (even if the mermaid and the bluebird aren't particularly monstrous) is a good concept, but Regan doesn't make readers care about the hollow people (kids or crazy adults) or the childlike creatures. Some of the situations?like hiding a rambunctious monster from spying eyes?are humorous, but the antics are all pretty tame. There's something here about making a commitment to taking care of people and pets, but the erratic lives of the monsters somehow beg the issue.?John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
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Gr. 4^-6. Thirteen-year-old Rilla Harmony Earth doesn't have a care in the world (apart from worrying that her one true love, Joshua Banks, won't notice the new hairstyle she's about to attempt) until a well-meaning friend gives her a gift membership in the Monster of the Month Club, and the "cozy collectibles" come to life in her attic bedroom. The monster story line provides some hilarious scenes as Rilla struggles to keep the monsters fed and out of sight, but the book's two subplots prove to be more interesting, particularly the one involving "The Forbidden Topic" --the father who abandoned Rilla before she was even born. This is not a scary book, as the title implies; rather, it's a quirky coming-of-age story that is often funny, sometimes sad, and always on target when describing the behavior of younger teens. Lauren Peterson
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Book Description Sagebrush Education Resources, 1998. Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP96460150