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Monsterville: A Lissa Black Production

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Thirteen-year-old aspiring screenwriter/director Lissa Black isn’t thrilled when her parents move the family from NYC to the sticks of Freeburg, PA. At first, it seems like her only entertainment will be playing the twisted version of Candyland called Monsterville found in her basement, and learning Boy Scout knots from her new neighbor Adam. But when a walk in the woods ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Sky Pony
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Lee Malone
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun, funny book that follows aspiring movie maker Lissa on a monster-movie adventure that kept me guessing until the end. Very enjoyable middle grade read.
Kate Studer
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read an Advanced Release Copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Get ready, because you may hear this phrase a lot in relation to this book--Monsterville is monstrous fun. Lissa Black is a funny, relatable fish out of water, navigating life in a new town when her little sister goes missing, and she has to rely on the help of her you've-gotta-love-him boy scout neighbour, Adam, and a real live monster living in her backyard to get her back.
Lissa's personality, which is at once both
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advanced copy of the book in exchange for honest feedback. I shared the book with my daughter while we read it together. The story was a fast paced and funny read. Similar to the pace and hilarity of The Goonies, which is perfect since the main character Lissa sees the world through movies.

Again, a great read for both me and my daughter.
Jaina Rose
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogged
4.5 stars. This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.

Wow. This was . . . very different from what I was expecting it to be. In the best possible sort of way! I'm really regretting not reading it around Halloween time because it would have been gotten me into the perfect spooky mood. It's definitely got a very high creep factor in it, but not in an over-the-top unpleasant sort of way.

The first thing that really made the story for me, right from the first few chapters, was Lissa's
Ms. Yingling
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Copy provided by Mr. Buxton!

Lissa is NOT happy when her parents move the family from New York City (where her school is going to be producing the play she wrote) to a small community where her great aunt has left them a house. She doesn't think that being able to roam around by herself is an improvement on being in the city, but when she finds a real, live monster in the woods, she at least has something to do. With the help of a neighbor, Adam, she tries to unravel the mystery of how Blue was
Mark Buxton
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My name is Lissa, and there's a goblin living behind my new home in the country. He seemed harmless enough when Adam and I first found him, but we've since discovered the terrible truth of Down Below. This goblin used to be a little boy who disappeared last year, and he escaped from the monster world under the earth. The goblin is terrified of a creature called Atticus, and more kids around the world are kidnapped by him every Halloween. They have all become monsters. I'm afraid my little sister ...more
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read an Advanced Release Copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
If I could describe this book in one word it would be FUNTASTIC! It’s a fast paced and entertaining read, with just the right touch of friendship/romance, but not the overwhelming melodramas of pre-teen and teen life.
In addition to the charismatic characters, there were so many moments where I found myself laughing at Lisssa’s witty comments. You know you have a great book when you find yourself smiling while reading
Veronica Canfield
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A snarky city girl transplanted to the country, a cute geeky boy with mad boy scout skills, a darling baby sister and seriously confused monsters. What's not to like? Monsterville is a cute, fun read that has it all. When Lissa Black is forced to move from the high life of New York, New York, to the Hicksville, USA, she's less than pleased. Soon after meeting Adam, the awkward, yet adorable boy-next-door, Lissa stumbles on Swamp monster looking for brains in the woods. When Adam and Lissa ...more
Cynthia Reeg
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When seventh-grader Lissa moves with her family from New York City to rural Freeberg, she’s not happy. She’s left behind her friends and the place she loves. Lissa’s snarky voice rings true as a middle-schooler trying on a whole new world. Quickly, though things take a spooky turn when she encounters much more than she bargained for in the woods behind her house. Teaming up with her neighbor, Adam, she discovers an unbelievable secret lurks very near. Halloween night brings the story to its ...more
Claire Fayers
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What do you do when you find a shape-shifting monster in the woods behind your home? You recruit him to star in a home-made monster movie, of course. That's what Lissa Black does, anyway. Having just been forced by her parents to move from fabulous New York to boring Freeburg, she'll do anything for entertainment. Of course, she soon starts asking questions about who the monster is and where he came from, and then she's in a whole heap of trouble.

This book is the best fun, overflowing with
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Monsterville is an adorable and fun read. Perfect for Halloween. It has your fair share of goblins, trolls, mummies, zombies, you name it. Meet Lissa Black an aspiring movie director/screen writer who just moved from the big city to farm life. Yeah Lissa isn't too happy with that. But things starts to changed once she discover there are real monsters.

With snarky dialogue and fun moments, Monsterville is pure entertainment that is sure to become one of your favorite reads of the year. Well
Carolyn Menke
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Monsters that grab you by your ankles while you're sleeping, a kid film-maker, and a secret underground society? Oh yes! I couldn't wait to get my hands on MONSTERVILLE, and I was hooked right away by Lissa Black, the thirteen-year-old New York City screen writer who is transplanted to the backwoods of Pennsylvania. Cue the banjo twang. Lissa is about to discover that those woods contain something even she, with her artistic eye for movie-making, never could have imagined: a shape-shifting swamp ...more
Casey Lyall
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Aspiring film-maker Lissa has moved from New York to tiny, boring Freeburg, PA. Her new town has a lot more brewing below the surface though - specifically, the monster world of Down Below. What starts out with plans to make the best monster movie ever, ends with Lissa's little sister being kidnapped by the monsters on Halloween. Lissa, her neighbour, Adam, and delightful little hobgoblin named Blue have to race against the clock to rescue her sister in time. Full of fun, adventure, thrills, and ...more
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read an advance copy of this book and enjoyed it immensely. It was a witty, well-written, and entertaining page-turner. The story is engaging for adults and children alike with likable characters, interesting plot twists, and just the right amount of spooky fun. I'm hoping a sequel will be forthcoming!
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Monsterville by Sarah S. Reida is an amazing book! I recommend it for 10-13 year olds. Monsterville is a story about a girl named Lissa who lives in New York City. Lissa’s aunt has died and suddenly, without discussion, her family is packing up and moving to “the sticks” of Freeburg, Pennsylvania. At first, Freesburg seems like a peaceful little town…. even sleepier than Sleepy Hollow! But just wait…

Lissa’s little sister, Haylie, finds a board game in their aunt’s attic called “Monsterville.”
Lee Parker
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of this for free through Goodreads First Reads

This was such a fun middle grade novel. It reminded me alot of the movie "Little Monsters". I started off really wanting to dislike Lissa, but she really surprised me by the end of the book.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Monsterville is a mild horror adventure story that feels both contemporary and unconventional in a refreshing way. Some aspects of the story came off as repetitive or awfully convenient. But overall, it held my interest. I loved the relationship between Lissa and her younger sister.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good book
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jumanji meets Goosebumps in this fun and unexpectedly touching novel. Lissa Black is not happy with her family's decision to move out of their Manhattan apartment to a house in Freeburg, Pennsylvania, inherited when her great-aunt passes away. She's away from her friends, her school, and the conveniences of living in New York City; she's only got the neighbor kid, Adam, who's set on making her appreciate life outside of the city, and this weird game, Monsterville, that she found in her aunt's ...more
Chaia Miller
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I borrowed this book from my 10 y/o sister because the summary and reviews caught my attention--things about board games come to life, monsters, and a young girl who wants to make films. I was a little apprehensive about "Down Below" because I wasn't sure if it meant Hell and would be genuinely scary or gory, but I was relieved to find the book more fun.

Other people have already given a great summary, so let me just give my reasons for rating this highly. The author did a wonderful job of
Jonathan Rosen
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a really fun read. I thought Lissa was a great main character, with a ton of personality. She was funny and caring and I love the mixing of the monsters in. Definitely recommend.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The. best. book. ever. I have re-read it so many times, and that is saying enough. Every year I read it again, and ever year I get a year older, but the book just doesn't get old. It always amazes me with all the awesomeness crammed into 368 pages. You should read it! Hopefully you like it...
Adriane Orbin
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lissa moves to a town that has monsters that take her sister on Halloween and Lissa and her new friend have to save her.
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Sarah Schauerte Reida is a writer, lawyer, and ugly animal advocate. Growing up in the Midwest (Illinois, to be precise), she read everything she could get her hands on, as well as watched many, many movies during her parents' "camping" trips involving electricity and s'mores in a microwave. A member of The Sweet Sixteens, Sarah's debut middle grade novel, Monstervile: A Lissa Black Production, is ...more