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A Monster Like Me

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There are trolls, goblins, and witches. Which kind of monster is Sophie?

Sophie is a monster expert. Thanks to her Big Book of Monsters and her vivid imagination, Sophie can identify the monsters in her school and neighborhood. Clearly, the bullies are trolls and goblins. Her nice neighbor must be a good witch, and Sophie’s new best friend is obviously a fairy. But what abo
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: March 5th 2019 by Shadow Mountain
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    Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
    The world is a dragon; my book a shield.
    Sophie believes a witch cursed her when she was a baby and she now spends much of her time with her head down, reading and rereading The Big Book of Monsters. She uses it to help identify and protect herself against the monsters surrounding her that are cleverly disguised as humans and searching for clues to figure out what kind of monster she is so she can find a cure. She’s also hiding her face from the world because she’s ashamed of her ‘monster mark
    Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Dani - Perspective of a Writer
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    Thanks to her Big Book of Monsters and her vivid imagination, Sophie can identify the monsters in her school and neighborhood. Due to the “monster mark” on her face Sophie’s also convinced she's definitely a monster. Doesn't matter the doctors call it a blood tumor. Sophie's certain her mom will figure it out too. And then her mom will probably leave — just like her dad did. Because if she’s a monster on the outside, then she must be a monster o
    Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
    Sophie thinks she's a monster. She thinks a lot of people around her are monsters too, and she carries her Big Book of Monsters around almost everywhere she goes so that she can identify them and protect herself and her mom from them. The big birthmark - a hermangioma - that covers one side of her face makes kids and even adults stare and even make fun of her, and as a result she has severe social anxiety. Her world of monsters helps everything make sense. Until things start to change, and the b ...more
    Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: middle-grade, own
    Wendy's awesome and I know her! I know her! I met her many years ago at a writing conference, and we have stayed in touch, and I am so happy about this, her first book! It was fascinating, and so inventive! It's partially based on her own childhood: she had a hemangioma (basically like a combination birth mark and tumor) on her face. But how much of the rest is true, I don't know.

    What I do know is that I was tense the entire book! Sophie, our main character, not only hides away because of her b
    Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
    I was so excited to get this advanced copy of A Monster Like Me, and even more happy to find out the story takes place in Portland, Oregon a 100 miles from my hometown in Eugene! I have lived here my whole life and still learned something new about Multnomah Falls! ❤

    Sophie is an imaginative, little girl who has found away to cope with her big birthmark. She has created a world with monsters everywhere she goes. It’s much easier to accept your “monster qualities” when you imagine that monsters ar
    Teresa Grabs
    Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Sophie is obsessed with monsters. She sees them everywhere. A birthmark on her face has left her hiding in her own shell, afraid to leave; afraid to stay. With the help of hew new best friend, Autumn, she sets about finding a cure for monster in side of her that is trying to come out of her birthmark. Along the way, she learns more about herself than she ever imagined. Will she accept her "inner monster", or her Mom's boyfriend, or will she make a sacrifice to save Autumn's little brother?

    Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
    Sophie is a girl with a birthmark on her face which makes her think she was cursed and turned into a monster. In fact, she always carries her favorite book with her, a monster book, because she kepts cheking it out in order to know what kind of monster is around at any given time.
    Because of all the bullying she gets for her birthmark she lives kind of a secluded life, not enjoying activities like other kids her age do, and she has just moved with her mother to a new place and school. There, she
    Keirstin Smith (CloudOfThoughts)
    A Monster like Me by author WendyS. Swore is a great children’s book. With monsters and fairies, who all deal with bullying and friendships. I would recommend this book to anyone with kids who love monsters!
    Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of A Monster like Me in exchange for an honest review.
    Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Do you believe that monsters are real? Do you ever believe that you are a monster? Sophie is starting a new school and it's very hard to do that, especially when you have a blood tumor that covers half of your face. Sophie calls it her "monster mark". Sophie believes that when she was a baby she was cursed by a witch and turned into a monster. How in the world could her mother or anyone else love a monster? She carries around The Big Book of Monsters everywhere she goes and she can just look at ...more
    Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    Sophie might be young, but she's definitely smarter than most people. Why? Well, she can spot a monster from miles away - even if it's disguised as a human. And her big book of monsters helps her spot them even more easily. But how does she do it?

    Sophie has a secret. She is a monster in disguise herself. At least, that's what her face hemangioma makes her feel. Which is why she spends her time avo
    Hélène Louise
    I really thought that I'll appreciate this book, which reminded me somewhat of a recent wonderful read, "Memoirs of an imaginary friend", by Matthew Dicks.
    But alas I'm sorry to say that in the end this book didn't work for me, and that I gave it up at the half.
    I liked the beginning, Sophie's voice was sweet, I liked her weirdness, how she saw the world around her. But the story was much to diluted and became boring... It would have made a much better short story or even better a lovely illustrat
    C.P. Cabaniss
    Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
    *I received an ARC of this novel from Shadow Mountain Publishing at Yallfest 2018.*

    This was a fun and sometimes hard hitting middlegrade story. It explores the mental health of a young girl who, due to a hemangioma on her face and an overactive imagination, believes herself to be a monster. This is her way of coping with a world that does not seem suited to her. The novel tells the story of her search for a cure that will make her human.

    One thing that I tend not to like about these kinds of sto
    Clare O'Connor
    Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Sophie is a charming little girl with a big imagination and a rich inner life. With a hard-to-miss birthmark on her face, this 11-year-old identifies as a “monster.” Thanks to The Big Book of Monsters that she carries with her, she is always assessing those around her and sizing up their monster-like characteristics. There are so many things to like about this book, especially Sophie’s voice. It is heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. I loved that, and it made me want to hug Sophie so man ...more
    Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I'm a bit torn on this one.
    The issues that this book brings up may be difficult for some to deal with. It leads you into them very delicately. You think you are reading a fun little book about a girl who believes in monsters - and then it gets very very real.
    I would suggest trigger warnings for anyone who has been bullied, and if you can get past that, there are some very touching, very wise lessons here.
    I will be posting a full review on my blog for the blog tour.
    Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2018
    Opening line:
    "You'd think would have their own grocery store, but they don't."

    Sophie was born with a birthmark on her face and she hates it. People notice it, some make fun of her, some seem scared of her. Sophie feels like she is a monster, inside and out. But Sophie has found a way to deal with what she feels is a ugly: she finds the monsters around her. This way, she can keep everyone out of her life and make herself feel like she isn't the only monster in the world.
    But then she makes a frie
    Rini Budihartati
    Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    I received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Everything that I wrote here is what I felt about the book. You may or may not feel the same. Enjoy!
    Sophie is a young girl with hemangioma on her face. That's what her mom and her doctor call it. Yet, she knows the truth. She thinks that the mark on her face is her monster mark. Sophie thinks that this world is full of monsters and they like to disguise themselves. Everyday, she carries her "the Big Book of Monsters" book ever
    Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    Sophie is born with a medical condition that causes a blood tumor to grow on her face, at least that is what her mom says. Sophie knows the truth. It is her monster mark. A Monster Like Me is a touching tale of what it is like to be different. Sophie’s story paints a picture about what it is like to look different to both hide away from the world, and see it differently. Using a book called The Big Book of Monster, she navigates the world around her by classifying the people she meets as differe ...more
    Michelle Kidwell
    Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

    A Monster Like Me
    by Wendy S. Swore
    Shadow Mountain Publishing
    Shadow Mountain
    Children's Fiction
    Pub Date 05 Mar 2019

    I am reviewing a copy of A Monster Like Me through Shadow Mountain Publishing and Netgalley:

    Thanks to her Big Book of Monsters as well as a vivid imagination Sophie is an expert on monsters. She can clearly identify the monsters in her school and neighborhood, bullies are trolls and goblins. She thinks of her nice neighbor as a good witch and her new best friend is a fairy. Sophie see
    Kristin Thorsness
    Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Wendy Swore’s charming debut follows Sophie, an imaginative girl with a large hermangioma birthmark (her ‘monster’ mark) on her face as she moves to a new school.

    Sophie believes her birthmark, and resulting monster-hood, were caused by a curse; a curse she intends to break! With the wisdom in the pages of her beloved monster book and the help of her new friend Autumn (whose spunky, optimistic personality quickly made her one of my favorite characters!), Sophie hopes to gather enough magical obj
    Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: fiction, juvenile
    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Sophie has a blood tumor on her face that makes her feel monstrous and unlovable. Equating herself with monsters helps her make sense of her appearance, but it also limits her ability to cope with some of life's challenges. When she and her mom begin a new life in a new place, Sophie carries her struggles with her. Will new friendships help Sophie and her mom come to terms with their situation?

    This is a story about gaining perspecti
    Lin Ryals
    Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This was such a sweet story! Sophie is obsessed with monsters. She uses monsters as a coping mechanism to deal with her bigger issues. She has a hermangioma on her face and gets teased about it at school and is often stared at by adults. This causes her to have social anxiety. So, she carries her big book of monsters with her to identify all the creatures she sees. The saddest part is that she sees herself as a monster as well.

    At Sophie's new school, she finds a friend. What an amazing friend s
    Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Sophie's character has complex beliefs about what caused her blood tumour and is convinced that she is a monster. She believes that monsters are everywhere (in a non-human way) and feels alone like nobody understands.

    Autumn is a really good friend who has a lot going on in her own life and together they help each other navigate through.

    I thought it was well-written, portraying Sophie's fear and insecurities without it being overwhelming for the reader (though there were a few moments where I ha
    Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Sophie is a young girl with an incredible imagination. Developing a birthmark on her face, she learned to use her imagination to create a world that in her eyes helped explain and protect her from the cruelness of others and also I hope to find a way to in her eyes be like other children. Learning to accept the differences.
    Like in many single-parent families also deals with children learning to " share " their parent. Their need to feel like the protector of them.
    Many funny relatable situations
    Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    Sophie was an engaging child protagonist. Due to circumstances, and her active imagination, she believes in monsters--and more importantly that she is one. With her new friend she sets out a quest of self discovery and magic. She wants a cure to change what she doesn't like about herself, and to retain her mother's affection. After all, her mother won't love her if she is a monster.

    Sophie strongly desires to be loved, and is devoted to her mother. During the story
    Ms. Yingling
    Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
    E ARC from Edelweiss

    I'm conflicted about this one. On the one hand, it's great to see a character with a large birthmark on her face, but on the other, it's a bit disturbing that she copes with this by thinking that she is a monster, as are the other people around her. This moved rather slowly, so I think I will pass on purchasing for my library, but it could be an interesting book to use in a classroom, perhaps along with Wonder. The fantasy/pretend element might do better with elementary stude
    Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    What an inspirational and empowering little book! Sophie is such a smart, young girl! I think every grade schooler 4th grade up should read this book. Everyone has something that someone, somewhere can ridicule, Sophie has found brilliant way to combat them. I like strong heroines in children's books. The light the way for others! Good story on dealing with bullies and accepting differences.

    I received a Kindle ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
    Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
    This was a cute middle grade novel. I enjoyed the overall message of accepting who we are and not bullying others. I would absolutely buy this for my nieces and nephews to read because I think it is a novel they would enjoy. My favorite parts were the bits from the Monster Book such as "A word to the wise, if you are reading this, you have a soul of infinite worth. Do not trade it away for anything."

    Thank you NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for a free eARC.
    I think we all believe at one point in our lives we have some sort of monster within us. This was a beautiful, heart-wrenching book about what it truly means to be human. I recommend this for children and adults alike. Beautiful story ❤

    “A word to the wise, if you are reading this, you have a soul of infinite worth. Do not trade it away for anything.”
    Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I'm working to build a diverse library for my 5th grade students. This book would be a great addition!
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    Wendy S Swore farms on the Sho-Ban reservation where her corn maze and pumpkin patch is home to her five kids, two dogs, two geese, seven peacocks, eleven ducks, nineteen cats, and two hundred thirty seven chickens. She farms in the summers, writes in the winters, and would rather chew her leg off than eat something spicy.

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