A Taste for Monsters
Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545817844 Hardcover
352 Pages | Ages 12 & Up
Haunted by the ghosts of Jack the Ripper’s victims, a young woman in Victorian London is set on a terrifying path to salvation.
The real monsters are men. London 1888, and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the people of the city. Evelyn, a young woman disfigured by her dangerous work in a matchstick factory with nowhere to go, does not know what to make of her new position as a maid to the Elephant Man in London Hospital. Evelyn wanted to be locked away from the world, like he is, shut away from the filth and dangers of the streets. But in Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, she finds a gentle kindred, who does not recoil from her, and who understands her pain.
When the murders begin, however, Joseph and Evelyn are haunted nightly by the ghosts of the Ripper’s dead, setting Evelyn on a path to facing her fears and uncovering humanity’s worst nightmares.
A terrifying and haunting tale from the Edgar Award-winning author of Icefall and the Assassin’s Creed novels, Matthew J. Kirby.
Raves & reviews:
Praise for Icefall
Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery
Winner of the PEN Center Literary Award
An ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
A New York Public Library 100 Books for Reading and Sharing Selection
"[A] claustrophobic, thought-provoking coming-of-age adventure that shows a young woman growing into her own, while demonstrating the power of myth and legend." —Publishers Weekly
"Elegant and exciting." —Booklist
"A well-crafted story rich with emotion and intrigue. A thoroughly engaging read!" —Brandon Mull, bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series
"Clear, lively, exciting, and unstoppable as the torrent of meltwater from a glacier, Icefall confirms Matthew Kirby as one of our finest new writers for young adults." —Ursula K. Le Guin, acclaimed author of the Earthsea Cycle