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Man Made Boy



by
Jon Skovron

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin
Imprint
Viking
ISBN
9780670786206
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Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
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Boy, the son of Frankenstein’s monster, runs away to join human society. But Boy’s own creation—an advanced AI program—breaks loose, wreaking havoc and hunting him down.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

368

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.5: points 14

Lexile

HL650L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

22

JLG Release

Jan 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Monsters. Human beings. Runaways. Mythological creatures. Technology.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

In this intriguing fantasy set in contemporary New York City, Skovron takes readers into a tight-knit theater company that is secretly populated with literary and pop-culture monsters. The protagonist, Boy, is the stitched-together son of Frankenstein’s Monster and the Bride of Frankenstein. As a scientific creation, he doesn’t seem to fit in the world of magical creatures who look down on his father’s ability to disconnect his emotions in order to serve as security for The Show. Instead, he begins to find his own place and personality when he leaves the troupe to try living in the human world. It takes a bit of effort to get there, but the principal plot focuses on a reluctant cross-country road trip accompanied by Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’s granddaughter(s) while fleeing from Boy’s out-of-control digital creation, Vi. Solid writing with witty dialogue makes this a good choice for a variety of readers. Although the typical hero’s journey seems rather stock, the wide cast of characters will delight readers who know their origin stories as well as entertain newcomers with their carefully crafted personalities and hinted at backstories. The inquiry into responsibility toward one’s creations as well as to family and friends resonates well with Shelley’s original text while also developing relevant themes for teens without interrupting an entertaining adventure story.—Erin Reilly-Sanders, Ohio State University, Columbus

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School Library Journal

In this intriguing fantasy set in contemporary New York City, Skovron takes readers into a tight-knit theater company that is secretly populated with literary and pop-culture monsters. The protagonist, Boy, is the stitched-together son of Frankenstein’s Monster and the Bride of Frankenstein. As a scientific creation, he doesn’t seem to fit in the world of magical creatures who look down on his father’s ability to disconnect his emotions in order to serve as security for The Show. Instead, he begins to find his own place and personality when he leaves the troupe to try living in the human world. It takes a bit of effort to get there, but the principal plot focuses on a reluctant cross-country road trip accompanied by Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’s granddaughter(s) while fleeing from Boy’s out-of-control digital creation, Vi. Solid writing with witty dialogue makes this a good choice for a variety of readers. Although the typical hero’s journey seems rather stock, the wide cast of characters will delight readers who know their origin stories as well as entertain newcomers with their carefully crafted personalities and hinted at backstories. The inquiry into responsibility toward one’s creations as well as to family and friends resonates well with Shelley’s original text while also developing relevant themes for teens without interrupting an entertaining adventure story.—Erin Reilly-Sanders, Ohio State University, Columbus

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