The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey

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The third book in the Printz Honor–award winning series, this gothic, gory novel is “articulately literary, horrifically grotesque, and mind-bendingly complex” (Kirkus Reviews).

When Dr. Warthrop goes hunting for the “Holy Grail of Monstrumology” with his eager new assistant, Arkwright, he leaves Will Henry in Victorian New York. Finally, Will can enjoy something that always seemed out of reach: a normal life with a real family. But part of Will can’t let go of Dr. Warthrop, and when Arkwright returns, claiming that the doctor is dead, Will is devastated—and not convinced.
     Determined to discover the truth, Will travels to London, knowing that if he succeeds, he will be plunging into depths of horror worse than anything he has experienced so far. His journey takes him to Socotra, the Isle of Blood, where human beings are used to make nests and blood rains from the sky—and puts Will Henry’s loyalty to the ultimate test.

About Rick Yancey

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Rick Yancey is the author of The Monstrumologist, The Curse of the Wendigo, The Isle of Blood, and The Final Descent. He has also written the award-winning series Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, as well as several novels for adults, including The Highly Effective Detective and A Burning in Homeland. His memoir, Confessions of a Tax Collector, was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the five best books on taxes ever written. He earned a BA in English from Roosevelt University in Chicago and worked as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service before turning to writing full time in 2004. Rick lives with his wife Sandy and two sons in Gainesville, Florida. Visit him at
Published September 13, 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 562 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History. Fiction

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Through a series of events that involve murder, romance and Arthur Conan Doyle, Will Henry finds his way to London and Pellinore, and the two embark on a journey to an island off the coast of Africa to find the famed monster.

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The Bookbag

I love the way Yancey completely refuses to write down to his target audience - there are words here which I'm one hundred per cent sure most readers will never have come across before, but they never slow down the pace of the story because they're used in the perfect context, and readers will ei...

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The Monstrumologist series, by IRS agent turned YA novelist Rick Yancey, is elegant, cerebral, allusive, and brimming with gore.

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Teen Reads

After spending countless adventures with Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, the famed monstrumologist, young Will Henry is struggling to figure out who the real monsters are.

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