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Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
And Then You Dye by Monica Ferris
Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
Avenging the Owl by Melissa Hart
Bigmama's by Donald Crews
Cat With a Clue by Laurie Cass
Clarice Bean, Guess Who's Babysitting? by Lauren Child
Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet
Cy Whittaker's Place by Joseph C. Lincoln
Empty Places by Kathy Cannon Wiechman
The Firefly Code by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Honey by Sarah Weeks
It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton
The Last Monster by Ginger Garrett
Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban
Pretty in Ink by Karen E. Olson
Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
Sea Change by Frank Viva
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
Slacker by Gordon Korman
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
This is San Francisco by Miroslav Sasek
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
Waiting for Augusta by Jessica Lawson

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October Reading Summary

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



The Last Monster: 10/07/16

The Last Monster by Ginger Garrett

The Last Monster by Ginger Garrett is like a cross between The Morose Mononokean and The Gilmore Girls. Sofia has been put in the care of the world's monsters while she is trying to get her life back. She's spent nearly a year in the hospital recovering from bone cancer.

Though a metaphor for the way illness or injury changes a person, the monsters are in the context of Sofia's world, real. Sofia is a hero because she choses to care, even for the things that scare her. These creatures, even ones that eat children, need her help and she gives it.

Every monster hunter needs a bestiary, whether that hunter is there to exorcise, heal, kill, or befriend said monsters. Sam and Dean (Supernatural) have their father's journal and later the library of the Men of Letters; Natsume has the book of friends, and Sofia has Xeno's bestiary, inhabited by the lost student of Aristotle himself. In that regard, I couldn't help but picture him as a Grecian Sir Glossaryck of Terms (from Star vs the Forces of Evil).

The Last Monster is a compelling read. It's one of those rare gems that insisted on being read in a single sitting. But there's enough tucked between the pages to warrant a second and third read.

Five stars

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