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Mary and Frankenstein The true story of Mary Shelley

Written by Linda Bailey

Illustrated by Julia Sarda

Key Stage 2 Key Stage 3 Non-Fiction People / Places Reference Books

LoveReading View on Mary and Frankenstein The true story of Mary Shelley

Shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020 | Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2020

This is the story of eighteen-year-old Mary Shelley and the inspirations that led her to create Frankenstein, one of the most famous fictional monsters of all time. This is a wonderfully original book, with a strong narrative thread, gloriously illustrated, and populated with unforgettable characters.


Mary and Frankenstein The true story of Mary Shelley Synopsis

It began with a girl named Mary. She liked to daydream and imagine. And she grew up to write Frankenstein. The inspirational true story of the great writer Mary Shelley, brought to life for children in this stunning picture book by multi-award winning author Linda Bailey and with beautiful illustrations from Julia Sarda. Mary loves stories, but the stories in her daydreams are far more thrilling than those in any book. One dark and stormy night Mary huddles around the fire with friends, telling ghost stories. But Mary knows she can write much better than those! After learning about electricity that can make dead frogs twitch, she has a nightmare that triggers the birth of one of the greatest scary stories of all time: Frankenstein... 

Mary and Frankenstein The true story of Mary Shelley Press Reviews

This narrative non-fiction look at Mary's life promises to be a particularly atmospheric and stylish affair -- Fiona Noble - Children's Buyer's Guide

A fascinating biography of Mary Shelley with luscious illustrations. - Irish Independent - Books of the Year 2018

In this wonderful tale of Mary Shelley, information is conveyed with a fittingly melodramatic touch and a visual style that borders on that of a graphic novel. - Inis Reading Guide

Stunning... A perfect read for the very youngest aspiring writers - Askews & Holts Library Services

Exciting and empowering... Sarda's illustrations superbly capture the tempestuous atmosphere and environment that acted as both backdrop and catalyst to Mary Shelley's novel. - Association of Illustrators

Praise for the illustrator:

Julia Sarda's illustrations are dark, dream-like, detailed   The Times

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783447633
Publication date: 1st September 2019
Author: Linda Bailey
Illustrator: Julia Sarda
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 48 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3
Topics: Non-Fiction, People / Places, Reference Books

About Linda Bailey

Linda Bailey (Author) Linda Bailey is the author of more than two dozen books for children, including the Stevie Diamond mystery series, the Good Times Travel Agency graphic novels, and an eclectic assortment of picture books including If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur and the acclaimed Stanley's Party. She has won many awards such as the California Young Readers' Medal, the Georgia Storybook Award, the Ontario Blue Spruce and Silver Birch Awards, the Oregon SMART Award and the Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. Born in Winnipeg, Linda has travelled the world, and so have her ...

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