From I Met a Lovely Mon­ster

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Au­thor’s Note What fol­lows is an ex­cerpt from my un­pub­lished chil­dren’s novel I Met a Lovely Mon­ster. The open­ing chap­ters of the book in­tro­duce us to Mur­ray Teeter, who lives with his mom and his brother Bernard in the town of North Mell­wood (also the set­ting for my two ear­lier chil­dren’s nov­els, City of Names and Grooves: A Kind of Mys­tery). One night, shortly be­fore Hal­loween, Mur­ray dis­cov­ers that many of the rocks in North Mell­wood turn into mon­sters af­ter the sun goes down and that one of them lives in his backyard. This mon­ster’s name is Kevin Squig­glesby, and aside from his third eye, he looks much like Mur­ray: a reg­u­lar sixth-grader, al­beit on the short side. As this ex­cerpt com­mences, Mur­ray has agreed to ac­com­pany Kevin Squig­glesby to a meet­ing of the North Mell­wood Mon­ster So­ci­ety’s bi­weekly read­ing club, where some of the other mon­sters in town wish to meet him so that they can de­ter­mine if he’s wor­thy of their trust.

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