A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby

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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, in which the real monsters are men.

A terrifying and haunting tale from the Edgar and PEN Award-winning author of Icefall, Matthew J. Kirby.

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Matthew J. Kirby is the critically acclaimed author of the middle-grade novels ICEFALL, which won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, and THE CLOCKWORK THREE. He was born in Utah and grew up in Maryland, California, and Hawaii. He and his wife live in northern Idaho, where he is working on his next novel. Visit his website at www.matthewjkirby.com.
Published September 27, 2016 by Scholastic Press. 352 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gr 7 Up—In 1888, London is in the grip of a monster: Jack the Ripper is stalking and murdering women in East End's Whitechapel area. Young Evelyn Fallow—whose disfigured face makes her a monster to some—has just been hired as a maid at London Hospital for Joseph Merrick (also known as the Elephan...

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