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Publication date: 07 Oct 2021
ISBN: 9781788008440
Size: 198 x 129 mm
Length: 272 pages

Following Frankenstein

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A brilliantly-conceived and hugely imaginative ‘sequel’ to Mary Shelley’s masterpiece, Following Frankenstein is a hugely exciting and beautifully-written historical adventure, perfect for 9-12 year olds.

Sometimes I was jealous of the monster of Frankenstein. I grew up believing my father cared more for him than he did for me. And was I wrong?

Maggie Walton’s father has dedicated his life to a single pursuit: hunting down the monster created by Victor Frankenstein. It has cost Maggie and her family everything – and now her father is staking everything on one last voyage to the Arctic, with Maggie secretly in tow, where he hopes to find the monster at last.

But there they make a shocking discovery: Frankenstein’s monster has a son…

A breath-taking, epic adventure, spanning the icy wastes of the Arctic Tundra to the vaudeville circus of New York, from the award-winning author of No Ballet Shoes in Syria and Another Twist in the Tale.

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“A brilliant idea, brilliantly achieved… Catherine is simply one of our finest writers for young people.”

-Anthony McGowan, author of Lark

“Following Frankenstein by Catherine Bruton is packed with spine-tingling thrills.”

-Daisy Fox, Liverpool Echo

“An uplifting story about friendship and kindness.”

The Week Junior

“Following Frankenstein is a first-class children’s adventure with an added literary twist.”

-Robin Brooks, Geek Dad

“With strong messages about resilience, friendship and accepting differences, this will definitely be another hit.”

K and O: Bonkers About Books (blog)

“Brimming with excitement, mystery and a deep understanding of what it is to be an ‘outsider,’ this is historical adventure with a message that speaks loudly today.”

-Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Post

“This novel is ultimately a story about empathy, for humans, animals and all those who do not fit conventional categories. It encourages readers to see beyond the superficial and look into their hearts for the real essence of their nature.”

-Ruth Cornish, ReadingZone

“This is a story about the things we do for the ones we love and finding the good in a scary world.”

-Frances Durkin, The Historian Next Door

“This cracking adventure had me hooked on from the get go.”

-Jo Cummins, Library Girl and Book Boy

“Themes of mental illness, family breakdown, exclusion and loneliness are set against depictions of kindness, empathy, resilience, and love, all bound up in a fastmoving gothic adventure that will enthral readers.”

-Sue Roe, Books for Keeps

“Catherine demonstrates with Following Frankenstein that she is the queen of continuing a classic novel faithfully.”

Check ‘Em Out Books (blog)

“The layers upon layers of meaning and key messages are sure to provide important topics of discussion.”

Scope For Imagination (blog)

“A beautifully-written historical adventure across the Artic tundra and the North American landscape.”

The School Run 

“It will enthral readers and listeners keeping them on the edge of their seats until the final page: unable to put it down, I read the book in a single sitting.”

-Jill Bennett, Red Reading Hub (blog)

Following Frankenstein is a book chock full of adventure but with friendship, acceptance and kindness at its heart.”

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