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The Frankenstein Journals

The Frankenstein Journals

Fourteen-year-old J.D. discovers why he never fit in at the creepy orphanage -- he's the son of Frankenstein's monster! The boy always wanted a big family. Now he's got a doozy: the donors of his jigsaw puzzle-papa! Fans of adventure and classic monster movies will gasp with delight as they follow J.D. through this diary-style thriller. Old photos, maps, artifacts, and entries from the mad scientist's own journals will plunge the reader into J.D.'s quest to track down his Frankenstein family. But will he be in time? A shadowy stalker seeks the journals -- and J.D. -- to build a new, more powerful monster!

PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandThe Frankenstein Journals
Age Level7-10 Years
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
SubjectMonsters & Scary Stories, Humor
Trim Size5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Page Count160
Paper Over Board



Rob Hoegee, Writer Teen Titians

"Just like Frankenstein’s monster, Scott Sonneborn has stitched together an epic quest, a family mystery and an amusing cast of characters into one laugh-out-loud adventure. I can’t wait for more." - Rob Hoegee, Writer Teen Titians

June 11, 2014

Steve Korté, author of The DC Super-Pets Character Encyclopedia

"Monstrously charming and laugh-out-loud funny. I loved it!" - Steve Korté, author of The DC Super-Pets Character Encyclopedia

June 11, 2014


School Library Journal - Marybeth Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY

"Sonneborn cleverly links the body parts with strengths J. D. didn’t realize he had (a detective’s eye, an explorer’s feet) and gives characters names that sharp readers will recognize (Mr. Shelley, detective Sam Hammer). Colorful, full-page illustrations and J. D.’s witty doodles add strong visual appeal. . . .Will J. D. find more cousins and his famous monster father in the next book? Only his nose—or his ear, hand or arm—knows. Readers who love monsters, mildly gross humor, and action-packed silliness will want to join him on his quest." - School Library Journal

June 1, 2014

Kirkus Reviews

"...stocked with jokes, blotches, gross bits, typeface changes, side notations, sketched vignettes and color illustrations. Spindly the plotline may be, but it’s greened up with a few yuks and rises from an unusually fertile series premise." - Kirkus Reviews

May 15, 2014


Kids Reads/The Book Report - Sally Tibbets

"...a fun read that pays homage to old black and white monster movies like Frankenstein (based on the original book by Mary Shelley) and The Wolfman. This is the first book in what will hopefully be a series about J.D. and his strange adventures. . . .Middle school students will love this delightfully clever story and the brave, strange-looking J.D.!" - Kids Reads/The Book Report

August 24, 2014

Gabe Abelson, staff writer for "Late Show with David Letterman," "The Tonight Sh

"I've worked with Scott Sonneborn on numerous television shows and can honestly say I have never met anyone more creative, naturally funny and entertaining. I know that Mary Shelley herself would shake her head in wonder at Scott's hilarious, empowering take on this horror classic. Bravo!" - Gabe Abelson, staff writer for "Late Show with David Letterman," "The Tonight Sh

June 10, 2014


Peter Hannan, creator of Nickelodeon's CatDog and author of My Big Mouth: 10 Son

"A monstrously entertaining book. I loved every part. Body part that is!" - Peter Hannan, creator of Nickelodeon's CatDog and author of My Big Mouth: 10 Son

June 14, 2014

Salt Lake City Tribune - Ann Cannon

"...this may be a good choice for "Wimpy Kid" fans." - Salt Lake City Tribune

October 4, 2014



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2015 Silver Falchion Award Finalist

September 1, 2015

Scott Sonneborn

Scott Sonneborn

Scott Sonneborn has written more than 20 books, one circus (for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey), and a bunch of TV shows. He’s been nominated for one Emmy and spent three very cool years working at DC Comics. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two sons.

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