From I Met a Lovely Monster
Author’s Note What follows is an excerpt from my unpublished children’s novel I Met a Lovely Monster.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.