A fantasy of astonishing depth and resonance, Monk's tale of self-discovery and escape from family pressures is as entertaining as it is fulfilling. His use of Marcel's metamorphosis as metaphor exposes the weird and wonderful world that exists right under our feet.
Winner of the 2014 LITERARY CLASSICS Awards: The Eloquent Quill Book Award & Best Fantasy Fiction YA.
B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree.
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When P.C.R. Monk set out to write his debut novel, he did so with the flourish and finesse of an established author. His book, Strange Metamorphosis, is as rich and layered as a buttery croissant and just as gratifying to devour. Seasoned with sage tidbits of choice life lessons throughout, steeped in adventure and sprinkled with just a touch of romance, this book is perfectly balanced to provide an enticing read that is destined to become a treasured piece of literature for the young and young at heart. Marcel Dassaud is a boy of exceptional talent who is at a stage in life where he must decide between two paths, both of which have the potential for completely divergent outcomes. Reflecting upon his options, he finds himself uttering his contemplation to an ancient oak tree which, according to legend, possesses magical powers to impart great wisdom. Moments later he finds himself shrunken to the size of the bugs he once collected for sport. It is soon revealed to him by a gallfly that in order to return to his former state, he must embark on a quest to gather some of the royal jelly which is heavily guarded by bees. He must do this within three days, or his metamorphosis into a bug will be complete and he will never return to his human state. Along the way, Marcel discovers much about himself, his friends, and the bugs he encounters while seeking the royal jelly. Strange Metamorphosis, is an exciting and whimsical adventure, written with great aplomb and a style which many authors can only hope to achieve within their lifetime.
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An Amazing Adventure I am so glad I stepped out of my normal reading genre and stepped into an enchanted world of talking insects. I absolutely loved every minute of Strange Metamorphosis. The characters come alive and the vivid descriptions make you feel like you're part of Marcel's journey of self discovery. The story and writing brought me back to the classics I read as I child. I'll definitely be passing Strange Metamorphosis down to my own son to read and recommending to others.
I love fantasy fiction and this one is so diffrent in that there are no dragons or wizards. The plot is astonishingly inventive and charming. The book zips along and I found myself reading it with a huge smile. I just loved the book. I would say that its real power is in its tremendous characters. The characters are wonderful with real problems and conflicts, which are solved in original and unique ways. Marcel is a boy at the crossroads who questions what he should do and how he should do it. Julia makes a wonderful contrast to him, as she examines her own dreams as well. Readers of all ages will adore the insect characters, including a hilarious inchworm and a bee who just might betray his own kind for his own unsavory reasons. The best books have characters who grow and change, and this one certainly does. The dialogue sparkles on the page and feels real, whimsical and moving. If you're looking for something original and you enjoy a close look at nature too, you'll find this fascinating.