Monty and the Monster

Monty and the Monster

by Rhonda Smiley

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When seventh grader Monty Hyde moves for the fourth time in two years, it’s the same old story. New neighborhood, new school, new bullies, no friends. With his dad working all the time and his older brother too popular to notice, he’s the lonely outcast yet again. That is, until he finds a mysterious human replication serum in his basement and decides to make a friend. From scratch.

But when his creation turns out to be a revolting, hairy eight-foot-tall monster that might be eating the neighborhood kids, Monty knows he needs to put a stop to it. STAT!  Problem is, despite its insatiable appetite and stinky BO, the monster fast becomes the best friend he’s ever had. 

From award-winning writer Rhonda Smiley comes the humorous and heartwarming story of a boy trying to make sense of life when he’s uprooted yet again since his mother’s death. But to his surprise, his secret friendship with a real-life monster sets a harrowing journey in motion that brings his family closer together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998449241
Publisher: Rhonda Smiley
Publication date: 07/14/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
File size: 9 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Rhonda Smiley is a writer living in Glendale, California. After graduating from Concordia University in her native Montreal, Canada with a BFA in Film Production, she began writing for television. Her passion for storytelling led her to become an author, and her young adult fantasy novel "Asper" was awarded the BRAG medallion. Visit her at to learn more about her TV shows and books.

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Lisah01 8 months ago
This is an amazingly adorable story! The story...the characters are all great! I love how this reads! I really feel like I am in the head of a thirteen year old. And the interactions between Kyle and even his Dad are so spot on! Name calling, wrestling, frustration with the parent, mad scientists even the bullies at school..Perfect! I loved Monty! He is what I think of when I think of a thirteen year old. Magic, skateboarding, pushing boundaries and a smart mouth. He struggles making friends after moving for the sixth time, now he is in a new town, old house with no friends. Then he decides to make one. Enter Houdini! Scary at first but they become best friends. I love all of the cool things that Houdini can do. He is a monster anyone could love. All of the secondary characters were crazy good! From the mad scientist to his brother and even their dog. They did well adding to the story but not overstepping. I loved them all! This is a wonderful story of family, dealing with your past, bullies and new friends. I really *felt* for Monty and even Houdini and let’s not forget Watson. This is a first time author for me. This caught my attention from the beginning. I devoured it pretty quickly. It brought me chuckles, smiles and frustration. It is easy to read and flows very nicely. I don't want to forget the cute little “adds” at the beginning of every chapter! Loved them!