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“A magnificent, shadowy, gothic adventure full of heart.” ―Emma Carroll, author of When We Were Warriors

“Unique, thrilling and moving...with its timely―yet timeless―message of choosing empathy over fear,
The Monsters of Rookhaven is proof that Pádraig Kenny is one of the best children's writers around.” ―Shane Hegarty, author of Darkmouth

“[A] totally absorbing tale, where the most fearsome monster is one that reveals everyone’s deepest fears to all the others.” ―
Guardian

“A wildly imaginative story...a triumph.” ―
Irish Examiner

"Between the incredible descriptions, unique cast, and dark and lovely illustrations, readers will be enveloped by Rookhaven. They will experience the tragedy and grief that follows not only Jem and Tom but the people from the village, as well as Rookhaven, and they will stay up long into the night to discover who the real monster is. A breathtaking novel about family, loss, and truly seeing those around us." ―Booklist, Starred Review

"Full of gruesome charm and heart-wrenching pathos, this story offers a satisfying gothic fantasy at once chilling and affecting." ―
Publishers Weekly

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Themes of grief, empathy, and the nature of monsters play out as danger arrives from an unexpected source . . . A dreamy, imaginative premise gives way to pensive catharsis." ―Kirkus Reviews

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Twelve-year-old Jem is an effective lens for readers to understand the monster world through human eyes, and her grief over the parents recently lost to World War II adds a more serious note that contrasts with the traumas the monsters have faced. Readers will be compelled to keep turning the pages to discover the intriguing workings of this bizarre world and the fate of the Family." ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

About the Author

Pádraig Kenny is an Irish writer who hails from Newbridge in County Kildare. His debut novel Tin was Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month. It has been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and several other awards. His second novel Pog was an Independent Bookseller's Book of the Month.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 21, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250623944
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250623942
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 10 - 14 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 720L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 5 - 9
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.69 x 1.18 x 8.36 inches
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Pádraig Kenny is an Irish writer from Newbridge in County Kildare. Previously an arts journalist, a teacher and a librarian's assistant, he now writes full-time. His first novel TIN was a Waterstones Book of the Month and was nominated for the Carnegie, as well as being shortlisted for the Irish Book Award and several regional awards. His second novel POG was Independent Bookseller's Book of the Month when it was published in April 2019. His third novel, The Monsters of Rookhaven, was published by Macmillan Children's Books in September 2020 and was followed by the sequel, The Shadows of Rookhaven, in 2021.

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Shannon Petrou
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting spooky tale
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ny grand-daughter loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love love!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and surprising book. Not for the faint hearted though!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 29, 2021