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The Monster Garden

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  106 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Frankie isn't exactly sure what her scientist dad does in his top-secret laboratory, but her neighbors tease her that it must be something awful -- like developing germ warfare. So when Frankie's older brother steals a bit of mysterious goo from their father's lab, she makes sure she gets some to conduct her own experiment. But Frankie never could have anticipated the resu ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 24th 2000 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1988)
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Oct 19, 2012 Miriam rated it really liked it
Frances and her older brothers long for the approval of their distant scientist father. When 12-year-old David steals a bit of experimental waste material during a laboratory visit, Frances makes him share it with her. Although she is too young to understand how to conduct a proper experiment, a fortuitous combination of factors causes her material to grow into a sentient creature. Afraid that either she or the strange animal "Monnie" will be punished, Frances enlists some school friends and the ...more
Feb 01, 2010 Becca-Rawr rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Children
Shelves: kiddies
This book was fantastic, at least I remember it being. Please remember this was years ago, and I've only just today remembered the title. Still, it kept me occupied for a little while, and for a novel to have done that and stick in my mind for so many years, it says something.
Apr 28, 2015 Zack rated it it was amazing
This amazing story is about a girl who is rarely noticed by anyone in her family and always fighting for attention from her siblings but when she has a new monster friend she wants nothing to do with it. I love this book Because it has so much creative writing. I learned that scientist are always trying to find a new livestock or crop by mutation.
Jennifer Heise
Jul 17, 2014 Jennifer Heise rated it liked it
Frankie's scientist dad is rather distant, but both she and her brother don't quite know what he does in the lab. When her brother brings home some goop from the labs which was scheduled for disposal, Frankie begs for half of it to see what it will do. What it does (fed with a drop of her blood) is grow into a baby monster. Now how will Frankie cope with taking care of and hiding it? With the help of her friends, of course.

It reads a bit like Elizabeth Enright and Edward Eager do science fictio
Hannah Givens
Dec 28, 2015 Hannah Givens rated it it was amazing
Frankie Stein is the daughter of a research scientist. She accidentally creates a baby monster with unwanted cells from her father's laboratory, which first scares her and then starts endearing itself to her (and the rest of us.) She enlists a girl who's good with babies/animals to help her take care of it and keep it secret, so that no evil scientists can take it away. But the monster keeps growing...

My favorite thing about this book is the way Monnie, the monster, is treated by the author. I l
Sep 02, 2014 Stephie rated it it was amazing
I read this a long time ago, so I don't remember it in clear detail, but I do remember loving it and being enchanted by the story and the monster. A shaping book from my childhood!
Kevin Jacobsen
Apr 18, 2012 Kevin Jacobsen rated it liked it
A young preteen named Frankie accidentally creates a monster after playing with who father, a scientist's genetic experiments. Who brother curious as to what the father does in his top- secret lab steals goo from the lab. He gives some of the goo to Frankie and her goo turns into a monster. This book is great for ages nine to twelve. Teachers could use this to tell their students not steal because you never know what may happen.
Jun 06, 2008 Fatatat rated it really liked it
This is the first novel I ever read and I really liked it, I remember staying up all night to read it.
The story is about a girl who "aquires" a substance from her fathers testing laboratory, This matter then evolves into a animal which out grows anything that the girl can provide for it so she has to set it free.
A great book for a young teenager with a wondering imagination!
Nov 05, 2012 Brooke rated it liked it
I read this book when I was young, but I picked it up on Halloween while giving out candy to Trick or Treaters.

Cute, fast read. It has a cute underlying message. For a young audience.
Sharon Buxton
Mar 01, 2016 Sharon Buxton rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-book
D. children's fiction, science fiction, mom's stash, discard
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Dec 17, 2014 Elí Santiago Rodríguez rated it it was amazing
Frankie is my hero... so brave in the moments of truth.
May 11, 2013 Georgie rated it liked it
read this in Year 7 English!
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Born September 23, 1924, in Worthing, Sussex, England; died October 11, 2003, in London, England. Author. Alcock was a bestselling author of mystery and fantasy fiction for young adults. Her early training and career, however, was in commercial art, and she attended the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Arts from 1940 to 1942. She left school to become an ambulance driver for the Auxiliary Territo ...more
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