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Monkey Mountain Monster

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The Monkey Mountain Monster finds Lindsey a reluctant day-camper, partly because most of the kids come from another school in her town of Hope Springs, but mostly because of mouthy Mona, who's a put-down artist extraordinaire and who's never without her gaggle of admiring girlfriends. Lindsey wants no part of it, but Mona has lured Lindsey's best friend, Caitlin, into her crowd of disciplesówhich leaves Lindsey out in the cold. To complicate matters, there's a mysterious monster, known as the Ooly Gooly, roaming ...

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Overview

The Monkey Mountain Monster finds Lindsey a reluctant day-camper, partly because most of the kids come from another school in her town of Hope Springs, but mostly because of mouthy Mona, who's a put-down artist extraordinaire and who's never without her gaggle of admiring girlfriends. Lindsey wants no part of it, but Mona has lured Lindsey's best friend, Caitlin, into her crowd of disciplesówhich leaves Lindsey out in the cold. To complicate matters, there's a mysterious monster, known as the Ooly Gooly, roaming through Hope Springs. On a dare Lindsey agrees that she will sleep out in her backyard one nightóbut when she finds out that Caitlin won't join her, she realizes she really is all on her own. An unexpected volunteer agrees to join Lindsey, and when the monster shows up the kids can't contain themselves. Chaos and panic set in with lively results.

"A cast of dynamic, memorable characters, plenty of humor (a Staunton trademark) and well-paced plots with believable school-age conflicts and satisfying endings. . . . Highly recommended."
-Canadian Materials

"Staunton's strength is that he uses humor to engage the reader while exploring problems that loom large on the pre-teen radar."
-City Parent

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Lindsey Schroder does not like day camp, the movie Sewer Slime VII, thunderstorms, and least of all, Mona. "Mouthy Mona" (as Lindsey appropriately nicknames her) has a nasty habit of making other people feel inferior, especially Lindsey. Beginning at a sleepover and continuing through a weeklong day camp, Mona succeeds in making Lindsey's life miserable. The tension between the two girls builds until finally Mona dares Lindsey to camp outside overnight where the dreaded Ooly Gooly, a nightmare evocative of Sewer Slime VII, might "get" her. With the help of her younger brother Kyle, Lindsey overcomes her fear of the Ooly Gooly and enjoys the last laugh in the rousing (and odiferous) conclusion. Staunton writes a story that all children will enjoy both as a read-aloud and as a silent reading. Despite the shallow and stereotypical nature of the characters, the oft-encountered themes of friendship, relationships between siblings, peer pressure, and facing one's fears will resonate with nearly all children. Cute and simple, this book would be an enjoyable break from the daily grind of the classroom. 2001, Red Deer Press,
— Christine Amyot
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Two revolting short novels by a "highly celebrated comic novelist." Travises involves a bothersome kid in a pastor's family. Burping, armpit farts, flicking boogers-the novel is full of them, as Travis tries to annoy everyone he meets. Over at church, the pastor is boring, the choir director unmarried and plump, and the parents feel helpless. Even the grammar suffers: "-everyone stands with their hymnbooks," Staunton writes. Monster involves several neighborhood kids, their catty behaviors toward one another, and their fears of a monster that eats kids and animals. Mom and Dad fight, lice invade hairdos, everyone who isn't cool (and that's nearly everyone) is a dweeb. Who wants to hold these kids in esteem? These titles are examples of juvenile fiction at its worst.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889952065
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/10/2002
  • Series: The Kids from Monkey Mountain
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.27 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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