Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein, is a biographical book written about the life of Mary Shelley for children by Linda Bailey. This summer, while studying for the Praxis English Middle School Examination, I first learned of how the story of Frankenstein came to be and how it tremendously differs from today's green faced monster with bolts in his neck!

I love how Bailey introduces this woman behind the creation of Frankenstein and how society was unaccepting of the horror story and was unbelieving of who the story was written by. This young girl, could not possibly have written such a thing; how did she even come about it? Although, the information shared about the writer and the story was true; which provides an example to our students that young people can do incredible things too. The stories that we dream about, create in class, and make up out on the playground could be the next timeless classic novel. Nobody really knows until they try. It has been 200 years since Mary Shelley published the book of Frankenstein and we are still discussing it!

Volume 1 First Edition, Gutenberg Files

From the publisher: How does a story begin? Sometimes it begins with a dream, and a dreamer. Mary is one such dreamer, a little girl who learns to read by tracing the letters on the tombstone of her famous feminist mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, and whose only escape from her strict father and overbearing stepmother is through the stories she reads and imagines. Unhappy at home, she seeks independence, and at the age of sixteen runs away with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, another dreamer. Two years later, they travel to Switzerland where they meet a famous poet, Lord Byron. On a stormy summer evening, with five young people gathered around a fire, Byron suggests a contest to see who can create the best ghost story. Mary has a waking dream about a monster come to life. A year and a half later, Mary Shelley's terrifying tale, Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus, is published -- a novel that goes on to become the most enduring monster story ever and one of the most popular legends of all time.

A riveting and atmospheric picture book about the young woman who wrote one of the greatest horror novels ever written and one of the first works of science fiction, Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein is an exploration of the process of artistic inspiration that will galvanize readers and writers of all ages.

I received an Advanced Digital Reader Copy of this book from Netgalley & Tundra Books in exchange for my honest review. This book will be released today, August 28, 2018. 

I read this book as a part of my #BookaDay Reading Challenge, inspired by Donalyn Miller. My goal is to read at least one children's literature book every weekday and share my thoughts here on my blog. Please feel free to subscribe or connect with me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time ...

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