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Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein

A picture book by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Júlia Sardà.

Linda Bailey, illustrated by Júlia Sardà

How does a story begin? Sometimes it begins with a dream and a dreamer. Mary is one such dreamer, a little girl who learns to read by tracing the letters on the tombstone of her famous feminist mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, and whose only escape from her strict father and overbearing stepmother is through the stories she reads and imagines. Unhappy at home, she seeks independence, and at the age of 16 runs away with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, another dreamer. Two years later, they travel to Switzerland where they meet a famous poet, Lord Byron. On a stormy summer evening, with five young people gathered around a fire, Byron suggests a contest to see who can create the best ghost story. Mary has a waking dream about a monster come to life. A year and a half later, Mary Shelley's terrifying tale, Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus, is published — a novel that goes on to become the most enduring monster story ever and one of the most popular legends of all time. (From Tundra Books)

From the book

An interior spread from Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein by writer Linda Bailey and illustrator Júlia Sardà. (Júlia Sardà/Tundra Books)