Only child Susan fantasizes that she’s an abandoned Frankenstein-like creation, when her Mom Margie becomes a zombie from hardship and bereavement. Susan and her friend Terry fear that Margie will be taken over by a lifeless doll, if Susan cannot figure out how to bring Margie back. In her quest to rescue Margie, Susan becomes more entrenched in her elderly neighbors’ lives to create a supportive family, that is, when she is not pissing them off like Mrs. Sosa, an older woman who does not want to be adopted by Susan. At home, when making her Frankenstein monster make-up, more extreme, Margie hardly glances at her, and at school and in the neighborhood, it’s the opposite—too many notice Susan! In the process of Susan’s struggles, she and Terry fortuitously find a lonely stray cat, and the apartment Manager’s keys to the rooftop. There, they decide to make a secret garden and cat hideaway, while they plot to rescue Margie. Many others are warming up to Susan’s ideas, but Margie is not. One day Susan makes a startling discovery about her real family. Fed up with rejection, she explodes and goes on a moonlit rampage worthy of Frankenstein’s Monster.
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.49(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 15 Years|
About the Author
Lisa Noble is a graphic designer, illustrator, children's book author and self-publisher. She and Kate started a conversation online 16 years ago and have been friends ever since. This is their first publishing collaboration. Lisa lives in Nelson, New Zealand with her son Zao, the inspiration for her children's books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
You didn’t have to grow up in Chicago to enjoy this book (although that was a perk for me). If you were, or are, a teenager and had a moment, or many, many moments, of feeling misunderstood by your parents/authority, then you will empathize and root for the main character of Susan. You will want to be her friend. This book will make you feel like you are. A melting pot of perfectly flawed human characters and the harsh city atmosphere in unison with a heaven of garden flowers (not very Chicago-like, one would think, but you would be surprised in reality too) are the perfect conjunction in which Susan, the complicated yet ordinary teenage girl, finds her voice, her strength, and the beauty of the sometimes ugly world.