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Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein

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Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey
Aug 28, 2018 | ISBN 9781770495593
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    Aug 28, 2018 | ISBN 9781770495593 | 5-8 years

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    Aug 28, 2018 | ISBN 9781770495616 | 5-8 years

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Named one of Horn Book’s CaldeNott Honour Books 2019
One of USBBY’s Outstanding International Books 2019
One of Children’s Book Review’s Best Non-Fiction Picture Books of 2018
A Canadian Children’s Book News Bookseller Recommendation (Winter 2018) 
One of CBC Books‘ Best Canadian Children’s and YA Books of 2018
One of Globe and Mail‘s 100 Notable Books of 2018
One of Globe and Mail‘s 100 Best Books of the Year 2018
One of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Children’s and YA Books 2018
One of New York Public Library’s Best Books for Kids 2018
One of Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2018
One of Booklist’s Editor’s Choice, Top of the List 2018

PRAISE FOR Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein:

“[Bailey’s] writing is warm and inclusive, posing occasional questions directly to the reader and establishing Shelley as a spirited dreamer . . . . Readers will revel in this artful portrait of a celebrated young author and better appreciate the true brains behind the operation.” Starred Review, Booklist

“The many decorative details, reminiscent of 18th-century gravestone designs, will fascinate children, and the gaunt, Gorey-like, grave-pallid figures will send chills down the spine. An exciting tale in its own right, this biography should prime readers for the original.” —Kirkus Reviews

 “Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein shows how a book can be imagined and created through the inspiration of personal experiences and daydreams. It is a book that will inspire readers that they, too, can become writers by tapping into their own experiences and imaginations!” —CM Magazine

“Linda Bailey will inspire young writers with this picture book biography of Mary Shelley, the girl who dreamed up the idea for one of the greatest novels of all time.” —School Library Connection

“[Júlia] Sardà’s distinctive angular illustrations are rife with thoughtful period detail and patterns in rich tones, evoking an appropriately maudlin mood while showcasing how Shelley’s life was a catalyst to art and creativity—and, perhaps, the birth of science fiction.” —Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

“Sardà’s snappy, elegant illustrations evoke Gothic suspense . . . . Visually atmospheric and bold.” —Toronto Star

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein . . . is sure to inspire would-be writers and other imaginative minds. I heartily recommend this book for any library, public or personal – adult readers will enjoy it, too!” Resource Links

“An excellent introduction to classic literature for young readers. . . . With the muted palette of grey, maroon and burnt orange, one feels transported into a world of gothic intrigue where ghouls can roam amongst us.” —Canadian Children’s Book News

“If you have an aspiring writer on your list this year, a story of one of literature’s finest female horror writers will thrill and inspire them.” —Barnes & Noble

“A riveting and atmospheric picture book . . . an exploration of the process of artistic inspiration that will galvanize readers and writers of all ages.” —Children’s Book Review

“[T]his account of Shelley’s life and how she dreamed up her now-famous story will captivate young readers.” Booklist Online


Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design – Children AWARD 2018

Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award LONGLIST 2019

Information Book Award SHORTLIST 2019

Rocky Mountain Book Award SHORTLIST 2020

USBBY-CBC Outstanding International Trade Book AWARD 2019

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