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A Monster Like Me

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  70 reviews
There are trolls, goblins, and witches. Which kind of monster is Sophie?

Sophie is a monster expert. Thanks to her Big Book of Monsters and her vivid imagination, Sophie can identify the monsters in her school and neighborhood. Clearly, the bullies are trolls and goblins. Her nice neighbor must be a good witch, and Sophie’s new best friend is obviously a fairy. But what abo
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Shadow Mountain
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Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The world is a dragon; my book a shield.
Sophie believes a witch cursed her when she was a baby and she now spends much of her time with her head down, reading and rereading The Big Book of Monsters. She uses it to help identify and protect herself against the monsters surrounding her that are cleverly disguised as humans and searching for clues to figure out what kind of monster she is so she can find a cure. She’s also hiding her face from the world because she’s ashamed of her ‘monster mark
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a lovely book about acceptance and inclusion.
Sophie has a wonderful imagination that layers onto her existing reality.
I was fascinated with her inner monologue; such curiosities revealed.
Everyone should experience Sophie's enchanting thoughts.

Thank you NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for this ARC.
Dani - Perspective of a Writer
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Thanks to her Big Book of Monsters and her vivid imagination, Sophie can identify the monsters in her school and neighborhood. Due to the “monster mark” on her face Sophie’s also convinced she's definitely a monster. Doesn't matter the doctors call it a blood tumor. Sophie's certain her mom will figure it out too. And then her mom will probably leave — just like her dad did. Because if she’s a monster on the outside, then she must be a monster o
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
Sophie thinks she's a monster. She thinks a lot of people around her are monsters too, and she carries her Big Book of Monsters around almost everywhere she goes so that she can identify them and protect herself and her mom from them. The big birthmark - a hermangioma - that covers one side of her face makes kids and even adults stare and even make fun of her, and as a result she has severe social anxiety. Her world of monsters helps everything make sense. Until things start to change, and the b ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, own
Wendy's awesome and I know her! I know her! I met her many years ago at a writing conference, and we have stayed in touch, and I am so happy about this, her first book! It was fascinating, and so inventive! It's partially based on her own childhood: she had a hemangioma (basically like a combination birth mark and tumor) on her face. But how much of the rest is true, I don't know.

What I do know is that I was tense the entire book! Sophie, our main character, not only hides away because of her b
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
I was so excited to get this advanced copy of A Monster Like Me, and even more happy to find out the story takes place in Portland, Oregon a 100 miles from my hometown in Eugene! I have lived here my whole life and still learned something new about Multnomah Falls! ❤

Sophie is an imaginative, little girl who has found away to cope with her big birthmark. She has created a world with monsters everywhere she goes. It’s much easier to accept your “monster qualities” when you imagine that monsters ar
Mar 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
The description of A Monster Like Me is kind of awkward. We're told that Sophie can identify monsters. Some are "bullies and trolls and goblins" but does the mention of "fairies" within that framework tell us that she thinks they, too, are monsters?

I'm going to go along with the use of the word, but doing so is unsettling when the monsters are Native characters. Equally unsettling is that A Monster Like Me got a starred review from Booklist.

Sophie has a hemangioma on her face. The author, Wend
Teresa Grabs
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sophie is obsessed with monsters. She sees them everywhere. A birthmark on her face has left her hiding in her own shell, afraid to leave; afraid to stay. With the help of hew new best friend, Autumn, she sets about finding a cure for monster in side of her that is trying to come out of her birthmark. Along the way, she learns more about herself than she ever imagined. Will she accept her "inner monster", or her Mom's boyfriend, or will she make a sacrifice to save Autumn's little brother?

laurel [suspected bibliophile]
DNF at 52%

Sophie is a monster expert. She has to be—she surrounded by goblins and trolls at school, a good witch that lives next door, a fairy as a friend, and a demon who is trying to whisk her mother away.

But Sophie has a secret. She's a monster, too. And she needs to find a cure, fast.
At first I was really enjoying this book. There was a lot of monster myth and lore from all over the world, the setting is Portland, Oregon, and there's a magical realism setting where the line between what's h
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Sophie is a girl with a birthmark on her face which makes her think she was cursed and turned into a monster. In fact, she always carries her favorite book with her, a monster book, because she kepts cheking it out in order to know what kind of monster is around at any given time.
Because of all the bullying she gets for her birthmark she lives kind of a secluded life, not enjoying activities like other kids her age do, and she has just moved with her mother to a new place and school. There, she
CloudOfThoughts_Books Keirstin
A Monster like Me by author WendyS. Swore is a great children’s book. With monsters and fairies, who all deal with bullying and friendships. I would recommend this book to anyone with kids who love monsters!
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of A Monster like Me in exchange for an honest review.
Naomi Milliner
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a sweet and wise book. Sophie is a tremendously sympathetic heroine with a wildly active imagination - for good reason. Your heart will ache for her, and with her, but hang in there because this book also has great heart and hope.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Do you believe that monsters are real? Do you ever believe that you are a monster? Sophie is starting a new school and it's very hard to do that, especially when you have a blood tumor that covers half of your face. Sophie calls it her "monster mark". Sophie believes that when she was a baby she was cursed by a witch and turned into a monster. How in the world could her mother or anyone else love a monster? She carries around The Big Book of Monsters everywhere she goes and she can just look at ...more
Steph Warren
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free ARC of this book, with thanks to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Love love love this book!

A Monster Like Me features Sophie’s first-person narrative as she navigates a world in which she looks like a monster (in her opinion) and other people act like them whilst looking human.

She sees witches, fairies, goblins and more everywhere she looks and constantly muddles fact with fantasy as she struggles to understand a worl
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
This is a very cute book and one I think would be perfect for reading aloud to children. It has humor and creativity that will entertain both young and old while also bringing out the tender topics of bullying and how to treat those who may look or act different than us. This had a similar message and feel as the book, Wonder.

Books like this always strike a deep chord within me as my daughter also has a malformation in her face/neck area that was quite obvious when she was younger. It was so ha
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sophie might be young, but she's definitely smarter than most people. Why? Well, she can spot a monster from miles away - even if it's disguised as a human. And her big book of monsters helps her spot them even more easily. But how does she do it?

Sophie has a secret. She is a monster in disguise herself. At least, that's what her face hemangioma makes her feel. Which is why she spends her time avo
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book about a little girl learning to accept herself as she is, even though the blood tumor on her face makes her a constant victim of second looks, snide comments, and merciless teasing. As she learns the value of true friendship and seeing other people for what they really are, she is able to see her own worth much more clearly. The story feels authentic (the author had a blood tumor as a child), with Sophie acting and thinking in ways that felt true to an 11-year-old. It's also sw ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm a bit torn on this one.
The issues that this book brings up may be difficult for some to deal with. It leads you into them very delicately. You think you are reading a fun little book about a girl who believes in monsters - and then it gets very very real.
I would suggest trigger warnings for anyone who has been bullied, and if you can get past that, there are some very touching, very wise lessons here.
I will be posting a full review on my blog for the blog tour.
Clare O'Connor
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sophie is a charming little girl with a big imagination and a rich inner life. With a hard-to-miss birthmark on her face, this 11-year-old identifies as a “monster.” Thanks to The Big Book of Monsters that she carries with her, she is always assessing those around her and sizing up their monster-like characteristics. There are so many things to like about this book, especially Sophie’s voice. It is heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. I loved that, and it made me want to hug Sophie so man ...more
C.P. Cabaniss
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC of this novel from Shadow Mountain Publishing at Yallfest 2018.*

This was a fun and sometimes hard hitting middlegrade story. It explores the mental health of a young girl who, due to a hemangioma on her face and an overactive imagination, believes herself to be a monster. This is her way of coping with a world that does not seem suited to her. The novel tells the story of her search for a cure that will make her human.

One thing that I tend not to like about these kinds of sto
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Opening line:
"You'd think would have their own grocery store, but they don't."

Sophie was born with a birthmark on her face and she hates it. People notice it, some make fun of her, some seem scared of her. Sophie feels like she is a monster, inside and out. But Sophie has found a way to deal with what she feels is a ugly: she finds the monsters around her. This way, she can keep everyone out of her life and make herself feel like she isn't the only monster in the world.
But then she makes a frie
Nannette Demmler
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
ARC provided by Shadow Mountain Publishing via NetGalley for an honest review.

This was such a wonderful story about acceptance and inclusion. It should be a must read for any middle schoolers. Sophie is an engaging character who has many hardships to overcome. But with a new friendship and some loving adults she is able to overcome her fear and accept herself.

I really liked Sophie, she has a great imagination and at times I wasn’t even sure what was real and what was imagination. Sophie’s inner
Hélène Louise
I really thought that I'll appreciate this book, which reminded me somewhat of a recent wonderful read, "Memoirs of an imaginary friend", by Matthew Dicks.
But alas I'm sorry to say that in the end this book didn't work for me, and that I gave it up at the half.
I liked the beginning, Sophie's voice was sweet, I liked her weirdness, how she saw the world around her. But the story was much to diluted and became boring... It would have made a much better short story or even better a lovely illustrat
Brooke Banks

Yeah, let's not with the White Man's Indian bullshit. Read full article.

Swore's book is introducing stereotypes to readers who aren't aware that they're stereotypes. For those who open her book with stereotypical ways of thinking about Native people, her words affirm their "knowledge." That, ultimately, is harmful to what they grow up "knowing" about Native people.

It is also, of course, harmful to Native readers who know this is all nonsense. If they've picked up the book on their own accord,
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was in the genre "childrens" and has a cover that looks like a picture book. Nope. This book is over 300 pages long. Over. Three. Hundred. I was not expecting that.
That being said, this is a pretty cute story about a kid with a blood tumor on her face. She's dealing with the kind of crap that happens when you look different externally. It begins to affect Sophie internally; she knows that there are monsters in the world because she herself is one, created by her tumor.
She does get to make
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, juvenile
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sophie has a blood tumor on her face that makes her feel monstrous and unlovable. Equating herself with monsters helps her make sense of her appearance, but it also limits her ability to cope with some of life's challenges. When she and her mom begin a new life in a new place, Sophie carries her struggles with her. Will new friendships help Sophie and her mom come to terms with their situation?

This is a story about gaining perspecti
Rini Budihartati
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Everything that I wrote here is what I felt about the book. You may or may not feel the same. Enjoy!
Sophie is a young girl with hemangioma on her face. That's what her mom and her doctor call it. Yet, she knows the truth. She thinks that the mark on her face is her monster mark. Sophie thinks that this world is full of monsters and they like to disguise themselves. Everyday, she carries her "the Big Book of Monsters" book ever
Shauna Holyoak
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story that begins with a girl who believes she's a monster but learns that its her choices that make her human. Sophie is a character you love to root for, especially as she develops empathy for those around her battling their own monsters. And the ending is truly magical.
Kevin R.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! I haven't had such a strong emotional response to a stand-alone fiction book since I read "Only Alien on the Planet." I highly recommend this book!
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Wendy S Swore farms on the Sho-Ban reservation where her corn maze and pumpkin patch is home to her five kids, two dogs, two geese, seven peacocks, eleven ducks, nineteen cats, and two hundred thirty seven chickens. She farms in the summers, writes in the winters, and would rather chew her leg off than eat something spicy.

Rep'd by Stacey Glick, Member SCBWI, Her debut novel, A Monster Like Me, co