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Candlewick Press, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 234 pages
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"Captures all the bliss and folly of Mary Shelley's disastrous surrender to love, and the sorrowful steps by which she became the author of

In 1814, poet Percy Shelley enters the life of young Mary Godwin like an angel of deliverance. Seduced by his radical and romantic ideas, she flees with him to Europe, where they mingle with other free-spirited artists and poets. Frowned on by family and society, Mary becomes haunted by hideous visions — and as tragedy strikes, she realizes her dreams have become nightmares, and her angel . . . a monster. Has the time come for Mary Shelley to set her monster free?

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Bennett presents the gloriously scandalous lives of Mary Godwin Shelley and the poet Percy Shelley as a first-person narrative of some power. While one scarce needs to embellish a real-life account so ... Read full review

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User Review  - justablondemoment - LibraryThing

This is the story of Mary Shelley (author of 'Frankenstein') and her romance & life with poet Percy Shelley. Talks of her losses & joys and how events led to her famous book. This was a really good ... Read full review


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About the author (2007)

VERONICA BENNETT began her writing career as a freelance journalist when her two children were small. She soon moved into fiction, and her first novel was published in 1998. These days, the children are grown, and she works part-time as a college English lecturer. ANGELMONSTER, she says, "came about during a lesson on recasting classic novels for children. The text under discussion was FRANKENSTEIN, and I began to think about doing a book for children based on the early life of the author, revealing only at the end that she would go on to write FRANKENSTEIN when she grew up. An idea was born, but when I began the research, I realized that the dramatic events of Mary Shelley's life lent themselves much better to a more grown-up story." Veronica Bennett lives in England. This is her first book with Candlewick Press.

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