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Being the new kid at school is hard, but Sophie has a secret weapon: her vivid imagination and her oversized, trusted Big Book of Monsters, an encyclopedia of myths and legends from all over the world. The pictures and descriptions of the creatures in her book help her know which kids to watch out for - clearly the bullies are trolls and goblins - as well as how to avoid them. Though not everyone is hiding a monster inside; the nice next-door neighbor is probably a good witch, and Sophie's new best friend is obviously a good fairy. 

Sophie is convinced she is a monster because of the monster mark on her face. At least that's what she calls it. The doctors call it a blood tumor, and it covers almost half of her face. Sophie can feel it pulsing with every beat of her heart. And if she's a monster on the outside, then she must be a monster on the inside, too. She knows that it's only a matter of time before the other kids, the doctors, and even her mom figure it out. 

The Big Book of Monsters gives Sophie the idea that there might be a cure for her monster mark, but in order to make the magic work, she'll need to create a special necklace made from ordinary items: a feather, a shell, and a crystal that Sophie believes are talismans. Once she's collected all the needed ingredients, she'll only have one chance to make a very special wish. If Sophie can't break the curse and become human again, her mom is probably going to leave just like Dad did. Because who would want to live with a real monster?

©2019 Wendy S. Swore (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Tanya H.
  • 24-05-2019

Both emotionally gripping and heartwarming

This story fascinates me. I'm still thinking about it days later.
It straddles the border between contemporary fiction and fantasy. It reads like fantasy and feels like fantasy. Only it isn't. Or is it? There was just enough ambiguity at the end that I can't say for certain.
The story is great. A little more emotionally heavy at points than the book 'Wonder' which I keep seeing it be compared to. We really travel along with the main character into the depths of her emotional unraveling.
I will say, though, that this books has a DEEPLY satisfying, very happy ending, which is exactly what I like. It ended with everything I could hope for and left me feeling really good. I highly recommend giving it a listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-04-2019

Wow! Just Wow!

I was amazed at how the author of A Monster a Like Me was able to reach down inside and pull out all the emotions and fears of a child who thinks they are different and paint a visual picture of them so that not only Sophie, but every child who has ever felt that way before, can see them for what they are. Then she masterfully shows how to let go of those deep negative emotions and replace them with positivity and love. Every child feels like they are different sometimes. This book is great for everyone! My kids loved it!!

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  • Lee kyungeun
  • 29-12-2020

amazing!!

i loved it!
And it was so not predictable!
I loved the narrator too

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  • Jen Gilbert
  • 03-03-2021

Beautiful story of excepting yourself!!

Started out as an intriguing monster story and ended as a beautiful story of a child accepting herself for who she is and not what she appears to be on the outside!! I loved and my 8yr old son loved it!💕

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  • SweetRead
  • 28-02-2021

Learning to Know Oneself

This story was really cute. It had so many good ideas about learning about our selves. Learning to rely on friends and family. I was a bit surprised the mom didn't know more about what Sophie was doing and thinking. How the mom indulged some if the fantasies and didn't acknowledge that she may be helping with some of the stress. But, overall the love the mom had for Sophie and her willingness to acknowledge the struggles were great. The biggest thing with this story is the same charactee is the protagonist and antagonist. Isn't that how most of us are in the story of our own lives?

The Audible version if this with was great. The performance was very well done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-01-2021

Son loved it!!

loved it!! He was excited to tell me about the new creatures he encountered in the story.

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  • Scott H.
  • 16-12-2020

Amazing!

All of it was really good! The part I disliked was the little Monster parts in it.

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  • Jennipei
  • 14-12-2020

This book is wonderful!

This story serves as an excellent example of how hard life can sometimes be and how the human mind and emotions put others before your own needs and wants! It explains all of this in a way that anyone should understand, and the plot is impressive as well!

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  • Julia
  • 11-12-2020

A stinker

My kids begged me to stop this one only half an hour in. Don't waste a credit here.

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  • KATE
  • 18-11-2020

I couldn't put it down. A story for everyone.

This book is something I wish years ago as a young child. As someone who was blessed with parents that taught the "Madeleine Volia my scar" philosophy, this is a story that tells that idea to a whole other level. There is so much packed in, its amazing that this story is as well written as it is and is utterly enchanting. Without giving anything away do yourself a favor and listen to Sofie's coming of age story.

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