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the Monsters of Templeton
the Monsters of Templeton
Author: Lauren Groff
ISBN-13: 9780099515722
ISBN-10: 0099515725
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 457
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 1 rating
Publisher: Windmill Books UK
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed the Monsters of Templeton on + 113 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
This book is hard to categorize, part fiction, mystery and fantasy.

Willie (Wilhelmina) Upton has returned to her hometown of Templeton NY. She has left school at Stanford in disgrace and hopes to hide away in the town that her family has lived in for generations. On the day she arrives an enormous monster dies and rises to the surface of Lake Glimmerglass. Not knowing what to expect when she finally goes home to her mother she is shocked when Vi informs Willie that she lied about her father being a one night stand and that her true father lives in Templeton. So Willie sets out to find the truth about her father and along the way uncovers many family secrets and a few other âmonsters'.
I really, really liked this book. I loved the plot, the delving into the past, hearing the story in many different voices. I love the magic and supernatural embellishments; they added another fun layer to the story. There is more than one monster in this tale and it was so well done and enjoyable I was sorry to see it end; I have so many questions about so many of the characters I am longing for a sequel!!!
A high recommend.
reviewed the Monsters of Templeton on + 125 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This was a very different, very readable story...part fantasy, part reality. Worth the read, she is a new, creative author.
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Helpful Score: 3
I quite liked this novel. Parts of it were predictable, and the base story of a small town girl returning home was nothing new, but I enjoyed how the author interwove the heroine's story with the history of a ficitonalized Cooperstown, New York.
reviewed the Monsters of Templeton on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
An interesting mix of fantasy and reality - much like all of our lives. The characters attempts to find truth and balance in their own lives and families will echo most reader's own inner lives.
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Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed this book quite a bit actually. I was quickly drawn into the story. The author's writing is a different sometimes...a lot of characters to keep up with, can be confusing at times.
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