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Zadi is part zombie, part fairy with a little bit of robot, which makes her a misfit monster. She lives with other misfit monsters, with their quirky parts in their makeshift town. They survive by hunting at the nearby hunting grounds taking items discarded by humans and making them into something useful. Hunting is risky because they could be captured by humans. Zadi is an excellent hunter and maker, but now she’s finding it difficult.
Something unusual has happened. There have been no new deliveries to the hunting grounds. This means there are no new items which can be used to recycle into something useful, and they are beginning to worry and fight with each other.
Can Zadi come up with a plan which will help the misfit monsters and bring them together as a community?
Enter the world of the misfit monsters, their quirky lives, and be part of their fun and adventures.
Getting a community of diverse beings to work together seems a bit of a tall order for anyone, but that’s just what Zadi endeavours to do in this children’s fantasy story. There’s a whole plethora of monsters made up of different creatures -for example, Zadi is part zombie, part fairy with a little bit of robot! Actually the fairy part is her wings but, unfortunately, they don’t work… There are no two monsters alike and initially they are struggling to get along because their routine of searching the hunting grounds has been less rewarding since the deliveries of new items has unexpectedly ceased. What will the community do now?
The story has strong environmental messages about reusing and recycling as well reinventing. Zadi is a strong female lead who is very handy, able to create something worthwhile from the items she’s discovered. It is great that even though she is skilled, she is also willing to ask for help from others when necessary and is also willing to help them. She’s also stubborn, determined and looks out for the needs of the whole community, not just herself – an excellent, inspirational role model for them all.
This is the first book in a new series for middle grade readers and is a great story to prompt discussions regarding working together, recycling, the environment and so much more. I like the huge mix of monsters, there are some fantastic characters amongst them and their attitudes, expectations, skills and talents are as diverse as the monsters themselves. It is an enjoyable read and I suspect will have readers wanting to read more about this very different community and its misfit monster residents!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Lily Rose enjoys world building and creating characters for these unusual worlds. She enjoyed creating the misfit monsters world, and is looking forward to writing more of their adventures.
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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of. The review is my own, honest opinion after choosing to read the book.