Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 18
- Grade: 7 to 9
Finalist for the CLA Young Adult Book Award
In this thrilling sequel to This Dark Endeavour, Victor Frankenstein is devastated by the death of his twin brother. The pains in his phantom missing fingers—sacrificed during his desperate attempt to save Konrad’s life—are a constant reminder of all he has lost. When the source of Victor’s recent misadventures, the Dark Library in the Frankenstein chateau, is dismantled and its contents destroyed in a fire, Victor spies a mysterious book in the flames. It claims to hold the secret to communicating with spirits, and leads Victor to an entryway into their hidden realms. With his cousin Elizabeth and dear friend Henry at his side, Kenneth Oppel’s most intriguing hero embarks on a dangerous quest tofind his brother in the great beyond and an adventure that is truly outof this world.
About the author
KENNETH OPPEL is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide and was adapted into an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn won a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children’s Novel of the Year by The Times (London). He is also the author of Half Brother, This Dark Endeavor, Such Wicked Intent and The Boundless. Born on Vancouver Island, he has lived in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and in England and Ireland, and now resides in Toronto with his wife and children.
JON KLASSEN is the author-illustrator of This Is Not My Hat, winner of the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and I Want My Hat Back, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. He is also the illustrator of Cats' Night Out, which won the Governor General’s Award; The Dark, a finalist for the same award; House Held Up by Trees, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book; Extra Yarn, a Caldecott Honor Book; and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, also a Caldecott Honor Book. He created the concept art for Coraline, the stop-motion animated film based on the book by Neil Gaiman. Originally from Niagara Falls, he now lives in Los Angeles.