The Monster of Marnmouth Valley
Published October 15, 2020
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About The Monster of Marnmouth Valley
“Deep in the Kelna forest in the heart of Marnmouth Valley lies a fountain with extraordinary water. A creature discovered the fountain and began to drink the water. It has since found a way to ensure it is the only one that gets any of the water from the fountain. The less water that reaches the land, the more it dies. And if the valley dies, everyone in it will have to leave, or perish along with the land.”
Ellian Woodborough has dreamt of adventure all twelve years of her life and when the neighbouring Marnmouth Valley is threatened by a mysterious creature, she is given the chance to go on a real quest. The only issue? Ellian is given the role of the sidekick while the one fated to save the valley turns out to be 72-year-old Beth who would much rather stay at home and finish her knitting.
With Beth knowing nothing about adventures or fighting monsters and harbouring secrets even she is unaware of, Ellian soon finds her lifelong dream becoming a nightmare. Still, she must lead Beth along the treacherous path towards her destiny if they ever want to survive the forest and defeat the monster of Marnmouth Valley.
The Monster of Marnmouth Valley is the debut middle-grade fiction novel of author Charlie J Greene. It explores the idea of exceeding the expectations and limits people have for you—even the ones you have for yourself. Young readers will delight in the humour, danger, and what it really means to be a hero.
This is one of those books that I read telling myself, “Just one more chapter,” all the way until I reached the end. The characters, especially Ellian, had me invested and engaged, and I had to know how the quest would end.
I loved that the storytelling created this feeling of leaving breadcrumbs, where characters would discover something or learn something, and then later it would be important. It was often done through things that celebrated the story world but also then helped with the plot.
THE MONSTER OF MARNMOUTH VALLEY is a pretty quick read. I finished it in a single sitting, which is pretty amazing since I’ve been so tired lately that often when I sit down to read, I fall asleep after 30 pages or so.
I think readers who enjoy adventure stories and tales of mentors and unusual friendships will like this one a lot. I think fans of TUESDAYS AT THE CASTLE by Jessica Day George will enjoy this one.
Recommended for Ages 10 to 14.
Major characters are white.
Profanity/Crude Language Content
One character has learned spells from her mother.
Mentions of attacks by a monster or other dangerous creatures. Situations of peril. A couple battle scenes.
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