Thursday, October 27, 2016
‘Laura Monster Crusher’
So when Laura and her family moved to the town of Riverfield, Laura hoped that by beginning eighth grade in a brand-new school, she would leave that persecution behind.
On the first day of school, Laura gains two new friends, meets a boy she’s attracted to, but also attracts the attention of a mean girl and her wanna-be followers.
But the travails of middle-school are compounded by eerie sightings and reports of wild animals in the dark forest that borders Laura’s home. A mysterious rattling in Laura’s closet leads to her discovery of a hidden world beneath her feet.
Laura learns that a magic spell has chosen her to be the next “Monster Crusher” … protecting both worlds from dangerous creatures who want to overrun them.
This hidden world’s inhabitants are skeptical of Laura, believing that the spell is failing and her selection was a mistake. And Laura is probably first in line to cast doubt on her suitability.
I found a lot to like in Laura Monster Crusher, especially Laura’s development. As part of her back-story, Laura had been the best youth softball player in her state, but poor self-image and other children’s cruelty drove her at age 11 to quit her softball team.
As the story unfolds, Laura gains a sense of self-acceptance. Her brother Tom also plays a significant role, which author Wesley King well-prepares readers for.
Laura Monster Crusher will be published in April 2017 by Penguin Random House Canada.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. The opinion expressed is my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Subject Classifications (Partial list, via Dewey Decimal System)
- 006.754-Social Media
- 020-Library and Information Science
- 020.92-Cynthia M. Parkhill (Biographical)
- 023.3-Library Workers
- 025.04-Internet Access
- 027.473-Public Libraries-- Lake County CA
- 027.473-Public Libraries--Jackson County OR
- 027.473-Public Libraries--Sonoma County CA
- 027.663-Libraries and people with disabilities
- 027.8-School Libraries--Bellview Elementary
- 028.52-Children's Literature
- 028.535-Young Adult Literature
- 028.7-Information Literacy
- 158.2-Social Intelligence
- 323.30-People with disabilities--Civil rights
- 658.812-Customer Service
- 659.2-Public Relations
- 686.22-Graphic Design
- 746.43-Yarn bombing (Knitting and Crochet)
- 809-Literature--Critical Appraisal