The Monster Who Wasn't (Hardcover)
It is a well-known fact that fairies are born from a baby's first laugh. What is not as well documented is how monsters come into being …
This is the story of a creature who is both strange and unique. When he hatches in the underground lair where monsters dwell, he looks just like a human boy – much to the monsters' dismay. Even the grumpy gargoyles who take him under their wings and nickname him "Imp" only adopt him to steal chocolate for them from nearby shops. With feet in both the monster and human worlds, Imp doesn't know where he fits.
But little does Imp realize that Thunderguts, king of the ogres, has a great and dangerous destiny in mind for him, and he'll stop at nothing to see it come to pass. . .
With rich, atmospheric writing, debut author T.C. Shelly weaves a story of unlikely friendship, family, strange magic, and finding one's place in the world.
About the Author
T.C. Shelley studied Creative Writing and Literature at university. She has been teaching English for over twenty years and her first school was classified as the most remote in Australia. She loves an audience and long before she took up teaching was writing and performing her poetry and short stories. She began writing novels to entertain her daughter, who wisely suggested that she try to get them published. Shelley lives with her husband, her daughter and two dogs in Perth, Western Australia. The Monster Who Wasn't is her first novel.
"A memorable debut, threaded with twists both wry and scary." - Booklist, starred review
"This is an author to keep an eye on." - School Library Connection
"Shelley creates a lavish tapestry of monsters, bringing together frightening creatures from a range of traditions. Her choice of language is taught and precise, filled with gorgeous metaphors and unexpected plot twists that will keep readers engaged." - Kirkus Reviews