Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein

Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein

by Lita Judge


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“Both timely and terrifying.” —Gregory Macguire, New York Times–bestselling author of Wicked

Pairing free verse with over three hundred pages of black-and-white watercolor illustrations, Mary’s Monster is a unique and stunning biography of Mary Shelley, the pregnant teenage runaway who became one of the greatest authors of all time.

Legend is correct that Mary Shelley began penning Frankenstein in answer to a dare to write a ghost story. What most people don't know, however, is that the seeds of her novel had been planted long before that night. By age nineteen, she had been disowned by her family, was living in scandal with a married man, and had lost her baby daughter just days after her birth. Mary poured her grief, pain, and passion into the powerful book still revered two hundred years later, and in Mary's Monster, author/illustrator Lita Judge has poured her own passion into a gorgeous book that pays tribute to the life of this incredible author.

A 2019 NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book

A 2019 Amelia Bloomer Project Book

This title has Common Core connections.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626725003
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 107,435
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Lita Judge is the author and illustrator of several award-winning picture books for young readers, including How Big Were Dinosaurs?, Bird Talk, Born in the Wild, Flight School, and Red Sled. After a summer spent reading the hand written journals of Mary Shelley, Lita embarked on a five year journey to tell the story of this courageous teenager in Mary’s Monster. She lives in Peterborough, NH with her husband, two cats and a parrot.

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Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
tc3von More than 1 year ago
This biography about Mary Shelley, written in verse is my most recent book treasure. I loved this book. I knew nothing about Mary Shelley and to think she's been dead over 200 years now and we are still writing books about her and remaking her Creature in books and movies and plays to this day. Wow, what a legacy and what a life. This is her life story up to creating Frankenstein. I couldn't put it down. Percy Bysshe Shelley, her lover and eventual husband, after his wife died, was a tortured soul. He was a poet that no one appreciated or understood. He was abusive and maybe even a little mad. It's so sorted and tragic, I see now how Mary invented her Creature and that she was the very first science fiction writer as well as the first "mad scientist". She was rejected, suffered tragic loss, abuse, and betrayal and put all of that pain into her Creature. Just an awesome read... First sentence: Most people didn't believe Mary Shelley, a teenage girl, unleashed me, a creature powerful and murderous enough to haunt their dreams. Last sentence: It is I who keep her faith alive.
Storytellermary More than 1 year ago
MARY’S MONSTER: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge This book is haunting, no, not the monster, rather the life and times that fueled the creation of the book. The hypocrisy of a society that condemned and ostracized women who dared to be independent, the fickle men who abandon their children, and the need for women writers to be anonymous. The illustrations build the story and the writing is poetry. I had to take breaks because it was so intense. “We can affect the lives of generations to come, if we are brave enough to open the wings of our imagination and create!”