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A Monster Like Me

Narrated by: Taylor Meskimen
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
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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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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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Great Inspirational Book

This is a great book, especially for those that feel “out of place” in this world. Wendy does an amazing job at getting the reader/listener to feel everything that the main character Sophie is going through. Every emotion and thought is portrayed perfectly in an easy to follow manner. I was in tears as I finished listening to this book as Sophie finally comes to an amazing conclusion that keeps you guessing to the end!

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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!!