A Taste for Monsters (Hardcover)

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A Taste for Monsters is set in Whitechapel of the U.K.; sound familiar? It should, Whitechapel is the area where Jack the Ripper committed his gruesome murders in 1888; it also happens to be the site of the London Hospital, where Joseph Merrick, more commonly referred to as, the Elephant Man, lived in his final days. Two very different kinds of monsters, all narrated by a girl of 17, who suffered from phosphorus necrosis of the jaw and now is maid to the elephant man. This beautifully feminist tale of monsters, ghosts and murder, is the ultimate read this Halloween season; it is everything that makes up, Scary, Creepy, and Weird -- one of the panels at the upcoming Colorado Teen Book Con!

— Mia, TC Teen Advisory Board member

This book is a classic ghost story, one that you are sure to fall in love with! The characters were beautifully written. They were people I felt I really got to know. This book was the right amount of creepy, even giving me chills at come points! This story really goes deeper into the idea that what a person looks like is not a direct correlation to who they are. I loved the setting, the plot, and the characters. I finished the book wanting more.  

— Alina, TC Teen Advisory Board member


London 1888, and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the people of the city. Evelyn, a young woman disfigured by her dangerous work in a matchstick factory with nowhere to go, does not know what to make of her new position as a maid to the Elephant Man in London Hospital. Evelyn wanted to be locked away from the world, like he is, shut away from the filth and dangers of the streets. But in Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, she finds a gentle kindred, who does not recoil from her, and who understands her pain.When the murders begin, however, Joseph and Evelyn are haunted nightly by the ghosts of the Ripper's dead, setting Evelyn on a path to facing her fears and uncovering humanity's worst nightmares, in which the real monsters are men.A terrifying and haunting tale from the Edgar and PEN Award-winning author of Icefall, Matthew J. Kirby.

About the Author

Matthew J. Kirby is the critically acclaimed author of the middle-grade novels Icefall, which won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery and the PEN Literary Award for Children's Literature; The Clockwork Three, which was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start; The Lost Kingdom; Last Descendants, an Assassin's Creed novel; The Quantum League: Spell Robbers; and Cave of Wonders, the fifth book in the Infinity Ring series. He was born in Utah and grew up in Maryland, California, and Hawaii. Matthew is currently at work on his next novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780545817844
ISBN-10: 0545817846
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 27th, 2016
Pages: 352
Language: English