Monday, May 4, 2009

Pretty Monsters

Pretty Monsters

Link, Kelly. Pretty Monsters. New York : Viking, 2008.
ISBN: 9780670010905
(Image Credit: Cape May County Library, Cape May Court House, NJ)

Nine short stories that range from the fantastical to the macabre.

Book Talk:
What types of tales get your imagination running wild? Digging up a dead girlfriend? Wizards that live in tall towers and enslave children. A place called the the World-Tree Library? A dog-skin purse with an entire faery world inside of it? The Specialist's Hat made with human teeth. Aliens and seen by surfers? Monsters, murder, and magical fruit? Werewolves and ghosts that need to drink blood?

Kelly Link has created nine short stories that are magical, macabre, strange, scary, weird, and grotesque. She weaves all of these themes into her tales about friendship, love, family, the desire to be something (or something more), along with the awkwardness that sometimes accompanies adolescence. Her stories will leave you wanting more long after you have closed this book.

YALSA Best Books for Young Adults 2009
Booklist Editors' Choice--Books for Youth: Older Readers Category 2008

This book has also received praise from such notable publications as Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library School Journal and Booklist. You can read these reviews about the book on, or click the following link:,,9781440613111,00.html?sym=REV.