Author(s): Jon Skovron
Sixteen-year-old Boy's never left home. When you're the son of Frankenstein's monster and the Bride, it's tough to go out in public, unless you want to draw the attention of a torch-wielding mob. And since Boy and his family live in a secret enclave of monsters hidden under Times Square, it's important they maintain a low profile. Boy's only interactions with the world are through the internet, where he's a hacker extraordinaire who can hide his hulking body and stitched-together face behind a layer of code. When conflict erupts at home, Boy runs away and embarks on a cross-country road trip with the granddaughters of Jekyll and Hyde, who introduce him to malls and diners, love and heartbreak. But no matter how far Boy runs, he can't escape his demons - both literal and figurative - until he faces his family once more. This hilarious, romantic, and wildly imaginative tale redefines what it means to be a monster - and a man.
Apart from being made from parts and being the son of Frankenstein and his bride, Boy is a typical young man wanting to get away from his pre-ordained life - not wanting to end up like his father. I liked the premise of this book and the strange and wonderful creatures that are Boy’s community. He lives in the middle of New York with a troupe of weird and wonderful creatures including trolls, the Medusa, elves and so on. The theatre is the perfect disguise. When Boy runs away to the real world he faces many challenges, helped and hindered by his computer-geek brilliance. While Jon Skovron packs in a little too much – I think there are a few stories in this one book – Man Made Boy is full-speed-ahead and there are some great moments – the granddaughter of Jekyll and Hyde (split personality of course) is not to be missed. In the end this is an endearing story about family, pride in oneself, and the ability to do the right thing. - Stella