Sunday, 30 August 2020

The Monsters of Rookhaven by Pádraig Kenny - Reviewed by Kelly McCaughrain

I was already a fan of Pádraig Kenny, I loved his first two MG novels, Tin and Pog, so I was really looking forward to his third. I was lucky enough to get hold of a proof of The Monsters of Rookhaven, and it didn’t disappoint. 

Like his first two, this book is full of heart. Just as Tin asked what it really means to be human, The Monsters of Rookhaven asks, who are the true monsters in this world?

(It's also continued Kenny's tradition of having the BEST covers ever.)


So beautiful!

Mirabelle knows she is a monster. She lives at Rookhaven house with all her monster relatives, a thin veil of ‘glamour’ separating them from the human world. But who is the glamour meant to be protecting? And what happens when two orphaned humans stumble right through it? 

The Monsters of Rookhaven is a wartime-fantasy-haunted-house-mystery-MG set a Shirley Jackson-esque village. What more could you actually want? It’s got literally everything in there, including some truly great characters (he managed to make a woman made entirely of spiders endearing. How?)

The Monsters of Rookhaven is out on 17th September. I suggest you go preorder a copy for yourself (and the kids if you must) right now!

Kelly McCaughrain is the author of the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year,

Flying Tips for Flightless Birds

She is the Children's Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland #CWFNI

She also blogs at The Blank Page



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