Thirteen-year-old Lissa Black is miserable when her parents force her to move from New York City (the perfect home for an aspiring writer/director/actress) to Freeburg, Pennsylvania, nowhere capital of the world. There’s nothing to do there, except play her little sister Haylie’s favorite new game, Monsterville, and hang out with her new neighbor Adam.
But when a walk in the woods lands her face-to-face with a swamp monster hungry for brains and then a Sasquatch that moos, even Lissa can’t call her new home totally boring. With Adam’s help, she catches the culprit behind the drama: a shape-shifting goblin who’s fled from the monster world of Down Below.
And what do you do with a creature that can be literally anything? Make monster movies, of course! Lissa is convinced that Blue will be the secret to her big break.
But when Haylie goes missing on Halloween, Lissa, Adam, and the monster must venture Down Below to stage a rescueand face the real Monsterville, which is anything but a game.
Monsterville is a fusion of The Boxtrolls, Jumanji, and Candyland, weaving together friendship, family, and monsters into a funny fantasy-horror brimming with heart from a great new middle grade voice.
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.50(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Sarah Schauerte Reida is a writer, lawyer, and ugly animal advocate. Growing up in the Midwest (Illinois, to be precise), she read everything she could get her hands on, as well as watched many, many movies during her parents' "camping" trips involving electricity and s'mores in a microwave. A member of The Sweet Sixteens, Sarah's debut middle grade novel, Monstervile: A Lissa Black Production, is her first novel.
A graduate of Saint Louis University (B.A). and Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D.), Sarah makes a living helping veteran business owners compete for federal contracts. She and her husband Scott live in the Atlanta area with their dog and four cats. By the time this biography reaches print, they will probably have acquired another animal.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thoroughly enjoyed this book!! I LOVED the journey through Monsterville and thought the storyline was incredibly creative, original, and captivating. I can't wait for the sequel to find out what happens next!!
Well-written and entertaining, the adventures of Lissa and her friends are sure to please the reader. I especially appreciated the theme of new friends helping each other through their various adventures and mystery-solving. The plot action keeps you turning the pages, and the content is very appropriate for the intended audience.
This is a fun, funny book that follows aspiring movie maker Lissa on a monster-movie adventure that kept me guessing until the end. Very enjoyable middle grade read.
When seventh-grader Lissa moves with her family from New York City to rural Freeberg, she’s not happy. She’s left behind her friends and the place she loves. Lissa’s snarky voice rings true as a middle-schooler trying on a whole new world. Quickly, though things take a spooky turn when she encounters much more than she bargained for in the woods behind her house. Teaming up with her neighbor, Adam, she discovers an unbelievable secret lurks very near. Halloween night brings the story to its exciting climax with adventure and thrills and, of course, monsters! Lissa is on a mission to save her little sister and others before the night ends. The author does a great job combining the contemporary world with the fantasy world, which makes this book all the more thrilling and scary. The endearing characters certainly add to the mix. You’ll be rooting them on—and you’ll want to keep the lights on too! A fun read for upper middle grade.