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Author: Shaun David Hutchinson

From critically acclaimed Shaun David Hutchinson comes a "gripping, dynamic" (Booklist, starred review) portrayal of the oftentimes traumatic experience of growing up.

Virgil Knox was attacked by a monster.

Of course, no one in Merritt believes him. Not even after he stumbled into the busy town center, bleeding, battered, and bruised, for everyone to see. He'd been drinking, they said. He was hanging out where he wasn't supposed to, they said. It must've been a bear, or a badger, or a gator--definitely no monster.

Virgil doesn't think it was any of those things. He's positive it was a monster. But being the new kid in a town where everybody knows everybody is hard enough as it is without being the kid who's afraid of monsters, so he tries to keep a low profile.

Except he knows the monster is still out there. And if he isn't careful, Virgil's afraid it'll come back to finish him off, or worse--that he'll become one himself.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: 04/19/2022
Pages: 432
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.15lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.50w x 1.50d
ISBN: 9781534470927
Audience: Young Adult

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 01/01/2022
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 02/01/2022
Booklist 01/01/2022 pg. 69
Publishers Weekly 02/07/2022
Horn Book Magazine 07/01/2022 pg. 123

About the Author
Shaun David Hutchinson is the author of numerous books for young adults, including The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried, The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza, At the Edge of the Universe, and We Are the Ants. He also edited the anthologies Violent Ends and Feral Youth and wrote the memoir Brave Face, which chronicles his struggles with depression and coming out during his teenage years. He lives in Seattle, where he enjoys drinking coffee, yelling at the TV, and eating cake. Visit him at ShaunDavidHutchinson.com or on Twitter @ShaunieDarko.