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Man Made Boy
ISBN: 9780670786206
Author: Skovron, Jon
Publisher: Viking Childrens Books
Published: October 2013
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Binding Type: Hardcover
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Annotation: Tired of being sheltered from humans, 17-year-old Boy, son of Frankenstein's monster and the Bride of Frankenstein, runs away from home and embarks on a wild road trip that takes him across the country and deep into the heart of America.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Monsters; Fiction.
Human beings; Fiction.
Runaways; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2012043217
Lexile Measure: 650
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 5.75" L x 1.50" W
Bargain Category: Middle School, High School, Chapter Books
 
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Contributor Bio(s): IV>Jon Skovron has been an actor, musician, lifeguard, Broadway theater ticket seller, warehouse grunt, technical writer, and web developer. He has nine fingers, dislikes sweets, and possesses a number of charming flaws. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, and after traveling around a while, he has settled, somewhat haphazardly, in the Washington, D.C., area, where he and his two sons can regularly be seen not fitting into the general Government scene. Visit him at jonskovron.com.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
Boy, the son of Frankenstein's monster, lives at a Broadway theater with the cast and crew of "The Show." Restless, Boy runs away, then tries to evade an out-of-control computer virus he created. Eventually he must face his creation to destroy it. Readers will willingly suspend disbelief for this creative sci-fi/action/road-trip/coming-of-age story that includes a colorful cast of mythical characters.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 September #4)

Fleeing a claustrophobic life in a New York City theater that shelters mythological monsters from trolls to Medusa herself, Boy—the 17-year-old son of Frank-enstein's monster—seeks self-understanding and an identity in contemporary America. Pursued by Viral Intelligence, or VI, a computer virus Boy created that seeks his love, he finds a traveling companion in Claire/Sophie, the granddaughter of Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde. Their shared experiences and her revelation of a tortured past lead Boy to evolve from self-pity to compassion in this tumultuous tale of attachment and growth from Skovron (Misfit). The abundance of nonhuman characters and Boy's search for answers underscore pointed references to yet another literary influence—The Wizard of Oz—and the fiery interactions between Boy and Claire/Sophie keep the tone light. The efforts of Skovron's hero to fit in with the world, as well as his lack of control over his own life, appeal directly to teenage angst, and Skovron resolves the VI dilemma in a way that suggests a union between creators and that which they create. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 November)

Gr 7 Up—In this intriguing fantasy set in contemporary New York City, Skovron takes readers into a tight-knit theater company that is secretly populated with literary and pop-culture monsters. The protagonist, Boy, is the stitched-together son of Frankenstein's Monster and the Bride of Frankenstein. As a scientific creation, he doesn't seem to fit in the world of magical creatures who look down on his father's ability to disconnect his emotions in order to serve as security for The Show. Instead, he begins to find his own place and personality when he leaves the troupe to try living in the human world. It takes a bit of effort to get there, but the principal plot focuses on a reluctant cross-country road trip accompanied by Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde's granddaughter(s) while fleeing from Boy's out-of-control digital creation, Vi. Solid writing with witty dialogue makes this a good choice for a variety of readers. Although the typical hero's journey seems rather stock, the wide cast of characters will delight readers who know their origin stories as well as entertain newcomers with their carefully crafted personalities and hinted at backstories. The inquiry into responsibility toward one's creations as well as to family and friends resonates well with Shelley's original text while also developing relevant themes for teens without interrupting an entertaining adventure story.—Erin Reilly-Sanders, Ohio State University, Columbus

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