The Monsters of Rookhaven

Pádraig Kenny

Illustrated by Edward Bettison

Ages 9 to 11
17 September 2020
352 pages


Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2022
Waterstones Children's Book of the Month for October 2021
Winner of the Honour Award for Fiction, KPMG Irish Children's Book Awards 2021

Sometimes the monsters take us. Sometimes we become the monsters.

Mirabelle has always known she is a monster. When the glamour protecting her unusual family from the human world is torn and an orphaned brother and sister stumble upon Rookhaven, Mirabelle soon discovers that friendship can be found in the outside world.

But as something far more sinister comes to threaten them all, it quickly becomes clear that the true monsters aren't necessarily the ones you can see.

A thought-provoking, chilling and beautifully written novel, Pádraig Kenny's The Monsters of Rookhhaven, stunningly illustrated by Edward Bettison, explores difference and empathy through the eyes of characters you won't want to let go.

'A stunning book . . . a brand new take on the monster story' Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl

'A magnificent, shadowy, gothic adventure full of heart' Emma Carroll

'A wildly imaginative story . . . a triumph' Irish Examiner

One of the most startlingly original children’s books I’ve read in years. It feels like Pádraig Kenny with Edward Bettison's mesmerizing illustrations, has created a whole new genre
A stunning book . . . a brand new take on the monster story
A magnificent, shadowy, gothic adventure full of heart, with the best first and final sentences in any book you'll ever read.