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The Monstrous Child (Compact Disc)

Francesca Simon

ISBN 10: 1489348409 / ISBN 13: 9781489348401
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Compact Disc. A stunning, operatic, epic drama, like no other. Meet Hel, an ordinary teenager - and goddess of the Underworld. Why is life so unfair? Hel tries to make the best of it, creating gleami.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 0.500. Bookseller Inventory # 9781489348401

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Title: The Monstrous Child (Compact Disc)

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Compact Disc

Book Condition:New

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Meet Hel, an ordinary teenager – and goddess of the Underworld. Why is life so unfair? Hel tries to make the best of it, creating gleaming halls in her dark kingdom and welcoming the dead who she is forced to host for eternity. Until eternity itself is threatened.


Dark and very funny (The Bookseller)

With her refreshing love of the rebarbative, Francesca Simon has taken the myth about Hel, Queen of the Norse Underworld and turned it into a wholly original, hideously funny, curiously affecting black comedy about dysfunctional families that readers from Los Angeles to London will recognise. This is an extraordinary book, grim and cruel in places but with a wit and sophistication to its heroine which makes you root for her as she tries to overcome her fate. (Amanda Craig)

How monstrously good that Simon has brought a myth confined to university basements and the bookshop in Reykjavik airport up to the ground-floor mainstream. (Book of the Week, The Times)

the novel’s power is drawn from a mix of modern thought patterns and speech rhythms with the acrid language of desolation, including unobtrusive phrasing and word blending that recalls Anglo Saxon poetry: ‘carrion too rank for ravens’, ‘tomb-home’, ‘hurled me here’, ‘landing hard, hooves smashing rocks’, ‘raven-dark world’, and so on. The result is a novel in the service of a vision of a world that is utterly other but made breathtakingly immediate. It’s a stunning debut for an older audience. (Books for Keeps)

If your sprog loves a bit of Norse mythology or is a budding goth at heart - because Hel is about as goth as they come - they'll lap this up like goat-mead from a goblet. (SFX Magazine)

It’s an extraordinary novel, dark and grim, but Hel’s energy and vitality will keep readers on her side. (LoveReading4Kids)

There’s a touching unrequited love story, offset by a richly mined vein of black humour, and violent battles to save or destroy the future world. The intensity of the anger will strike a chord with hormonal readers, who will seem almost saintly in comparison. (Daily Mail)

'A good story with black humour and mythological detail, this will appeal to tweens and young teens looking for a strong heroine to root for.' (BookTrust)

A twisted, poetic take on unruly adolescent emotions. (The Financial Times)

It’s a fizzing, gory read (The Guardian)

This is an amazing book, it breathes a reality into a most unlikley subject. (The School Librarian)

It’s worth it for the gorgeous cover alone, but fans of retellings will adore the fractured fairytale aspect as well. (Buzzfeed)

Francesca Simon of Horrid Henry fame steps into teenage fiction with The Monstrous Child, combining an authentic adolescent voice with Norse mythology. (Irish Times)

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