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Reviewed by A. L. Peevey for Readers' Favorite
In Monster Boy: Lair of the Grelgoroth by Ruth Fox, Zach Morgenstern is the only child of his loving parents. He hangs out with his best friend, Ryder, and wants to be noticed by Ida Wentworth, a pretty classmate. He is not particularly good at anything, nor does he try very hard in school, but he is content with his life in the city of Silvershine. But, Silvershine is a divided city. A wall keeps the humans separated from the monsters, who live in the southern part of the city. One day Zach’s parents decide to adopt another child, and Zach hates the idea, especially because his new brother, Morton, is from south of the wall. Then, human children begin to disappear and the monsters are blamed. Can Zach and Monster-boy, as Morton is soon dubbed, venture beyond the wall and work together to find the missing children and confront the centuries-old force behind their disappearance?
Monster Boy: Lair of the Grelgoroth by Ruth Fox is a wonderful read. The author has created a detailed world where it is just a fact that there are monsters. She has also written an intriguing yet straightforward fantastical adventure that will, of course, appeal to readers who are also going through that sometimes awkward elementary school experience. The characters converse with each other in a genuine way. The story reads like a mystery and puts Zach and his friends in some scary situations, but these scenes are spooky fun and will probably not cause any nightmares. Older readers can enjoy this imaginative quest as well, and all readers are promised that they will see Zach and Monster-boy again in a future adventure. A great story.