FRANCES AND THE MONSTER Releases on 8/23/22!

We are only TWO MONTHS away from the publication of FRANCES AND THE MONSTER (Harper Childrens) by Refe Tuma! The book releases on 8/23/22 in hard cover, digital, and audio! And the glowing reviews are pouring in!

“[Frances’] memorable adventure, with strong echoes of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, plays out against a colorful background as she confronts who she is in a truly shocking finale. A fast-paced and remarkably original tale.”  — Kirkus Reviews

“A page-turning adventure with a lot of surprises along the way. Frances and the Monster is a joy to read!” — New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix

A captivating tale filled with monsters, marvels, and misadventures, Frances and the Monster is gripping, inventive, and deeply moving. Tuma’s middle-grade debut is a harrowing and heartfelt tribute to owning your scars and learning to turn them into stars.” — Alysa Wishingrad, author of The Verdigris Pawn

“A thrilling adventure that does not shy away from hard topics like grief, death, anxiety and what it truly means to find your place in this world. Refe Tuma proves that with friendship and love even death isn’t the end.” — Ally Malinenko, author of Ghost Girl

“This book has twists, turns, and surprises galore…And the ending, holy moly! No spoilers here, but this is the kind of book you’ll want to talk about with a friend.” — Ben Gartner, author of The Eye of Ra series

What would you do if you accidentally brought a monster to life and set him loose on your town? 

Adventurous and charming, this middle grade twist on Frankenstein features a precocious main character who does just that. Perfect for fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak and the Greenglass House series.

Frances Stenzel was just trying to prove her scientific worth to her parents so they would take her with them to their scientific symposiums for once—instead, she reawakened her great-grandfather’s secret and most terrible invention.

Before it can destroy the town, she sets off after it, with her pet chimp and sarcastic robot tutor by her side. But monster-hunting isn’t easy, and she’ll have to face a persistent constable, angry locals, and an unexpected friendship ahead—all while the trail for the monster goes cold and time is running out before her science career, and the city itself, are doomed forever.

Full of thrills and heart alike, Frances and the Monster takes readers through winding streets and over perilous rooftops, with wily monsters, unpredictable twists, and powerful friendships waiting along the way.

Don’t miss out on the pre-order!



And be sure to add the book to your TBR shelf on Goodreads: FRANCES AND THE MONSTER – GOODREADS

FRANCES AND THE MONSTER is Refe Tuma’s middle-grade debut, but he’s also the co-creator of Dinovember and the WHAT THE DINOSAURS DID picture book series, including WHAT THE DINOSAURS DID LAST NIGHT, named a Best Children’s Book of the Year with Honors by Bank Street College and WHAT THE DINOSAURS DID THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Refe lives with his family and his dog Boris in Kansas City, where he once experienced all four seasons in a single day. Oh, and it’s pronounced ‘reef.’

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More exciting developments to come! I’ll keep you all posted!

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