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Laura Monster Crusher

Publisher: Puffin Canada
Lord of the Rings meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets The Duff in this funny, fast-paced tale of middle-school monsters, self-image, and, oh yeah, actual monsters that want to kill everyone.


     Laura Ledwick is... well... large. The kids at school don't let her forget it, and call her by various names: Laura Largebottom, Laura Lardo, Lots of Laura--you get the idea. When Laura's family moves to the next town over before eighth grade, she expects more of the same. What she doesn't expect are the snake-like yellow eyes watching her from the forest. Or the mysterious rattling in her closet. Or finally making real friends for the first time. Or handsome uber-nerd Liam R. Kelp, who might just be the cutest boy to ever wear a Science Is Cool T-shirt. But when Laura finally discovers the source of the rattling, things take on a whole new level of weird. It turns out Laura has just been given the most important job in the world: Monster Crusher. Her role is simple: protect the earth from the horrors beneath their feet. Eighth grade is about to get a lot more interesting.

PRAISE FOR

"Monster Crusher is an exhilarating read with loads of ethical and feminist dilemmas tucked into Laura’s adventure from ‘nerdy new girl’ to ‘proudly nerdy monster-crusher supreme.’ . . . Highly Recommended." --CM Magazine

"[A]n admirable tale of self-acceptance that will show readers of all ages that just because something is considered a flaw, it doesn’t mean it is." --Atlantic Books Today