Tuesday, May 8, 2012

This Dark Endeavour : The apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel


It’s Canadian Children’s book week.  Usually during this week, we discuss picture books, but this year, we offer a Young Adult novel.

This Dark Endeavour: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel is a deliciously creepy but enjoyable novel about sixteen-year-old Victor, one of the sons of the famous Frankenstein family.  Victor and his twin brother Konrad are engaging and typical young men who are identical in looks but not in personality.  With Elizabeth, an adopted relative who lives with the family, and their friend Henry, the boys find many ways to keep themselves entertained - and often in trouble.  This book is very funny at times, but truly scary when they discover the Dark Library and all of its secrets. 

The flyleaf of the book suggests that this could be “a prequel to Mary Shelly's gothic classic Frankenstein”.  This page-turner is a mix of history, science-of-the-day and horror to keep you glued to your seat.   This book will hook the reader from start to finish and have them hoping for a sequel

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