Eliza and Her Monsters

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      American Library Association
    • Publication Date:
      2017
    • Abstract:
      * Eliza and Her Monsters. By Francesca Zappia. Illus. by the author. May 2017.352p. Greenwillow, $17.99 (9780062290137). Gr. 9-12. Eliza's eponymous monsters are twofold: they are the stars of her [...]
    • ISSN:
      0006-7385
    • Rights:
      Copyright 2017 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.
      COPYRIGHT 2017 American Library Association
    • Accession Number:
      edsgcl.492536238
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      KLING, C. Eliza and Her Monsters. Booklist, [s. l.], n. 16, p. 48, 2017. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 27 maio. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Kling C. Eliza and Her Monsters. Booklist. 2017;(16):48. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgis&AN=edsgcl.492536238&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886. Accessed May 27, 2019.
    • APA:
      Kling, C. (2017). Eliza and Her Monsters. Booklist, (16), 48. Retrieved from http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgis&AN=edsgcl.492536238&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Kling, Caitlin. 2017. “Eliza and Her Monsters.” Booklist. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgis&AN=edsgcl.492536238&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886.
    • Harvard:
      Kling, C. (2017) ‘Eliza and Her Monsters’, Booklist, p. 48. Available at: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgis&AN=edsgcl.492536238&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886 (Accessed: 27 May 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Kling, C 2017, ‘Eliza and Her Monsters’, Booklist, no. 16, p. 48, viewed 27 May 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Kling, Caitlin. “Eliza and Her Monsters.” Booklist, no. 16, 2017, p. 48. EBSCOhost, widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgis&AN=edsgcl.492536238&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Kling, Caitlin. “Eliza and Her Monsters.” Booklist, 2017. http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgis&AN=edsgcl.492536238&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Kling C. Eliza and Her Monsters. Booklist [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2019 May 27];(16):48. Available from: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgis&AN=edsgcl.492536238&authtype=sso&custid=s1007886

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2017 April #2

*Starred Review* Eliza's eponymous monsters are twofold: they are the stars of her viral webcomic, but they are also the anxiety and depression that keep her identity as the webcomic's creator shielded behind a wall of anonymity. As LadyConstellation, she has written and illustrated Monstrous Sea, inspiring a devoted online fandom worldwide. At school, however, she's just cripplingly shy Eliza Mirk: an average student who prefers a digital social life to a real one. She meets her match when Monstrous Sea fan-fiction writer Wallace transfers to her school and is too shy to even speak out loud. Through simple, tender notes passed back and forth, the two form a fast bond. But Eliza keeps her identity as LadyConstellation a secret even from Wallace, a decision that could cost her his trust forever. In her sophomore novel, Zappia (Made You Up, 2015) gracefully examines Eliza's complicated struggle with anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts, as she recognizes, "The thought is still there, but the seriousness of it comes and goes." In addition to a vibrant fictional fandom akin to the Simon Snow following in Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl (2013), this is peppered with detailed illustrations from Eliza's webcomic, drawn by Zappia herself. A fervent celebration of online fandom, sure to leave readers craving an actual Monstrous Sea comic. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall

Socially inept high-school senior Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of a super-popular fantasy webcomic. New kid Wallace is a fan. The two begin a tentative friendship, and soon they're more than friends. Eliza agonizes over how to confess that she's not just a fellow fan but actually the comic's creator. Interspersed with Eliza's often funny first-person narrative are chat logs, text messages, art, and snippets of Wallace's prose. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2017 #3

Socially inept high-school senior Eliza Mirk is a nobody at school. But online she is LadyConstellation, anonymous creator of the super-popular fantasy webcomic Monstrous Sea. Adorable, even-more-awkward new kid Wallace turns out to be a fan--and a well-known fan-forum moderator and fanfiction writer at that. The two begin a tentative friendship through handwritten notes at school and chats and text messages at home (Wallace doesn't talk much), and soon they're more than friends. Eliza agonizes over how to confess that she's not just a fellow Monstrous Sea fan but the comic's creator; this secret and a few of Wallace's own threaten their sweet and hard-won romance. Everything comes to a head just before graduation, when LadyConstellation's true identity is leaked. To what extent has Eliza been complicit in her own isolation, and how can she reconcile her now very public persona with her introvert's need for privacy? Interspersed with Eliza's relatable and often funny first-person narrative are chat logs, text messages, Eliza's lovely art, and snippets of Wallace's prose, reflecting the teens' multi-platform means of communication. Like Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl (rev. 11/13), this is a love letter to online fandom and to the profound sense of belonging found in others who share your particular passion, whether as creators or fans, in person or on the web. katie bircher Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2017 March #4

Eliza Mirk, 18, has a secret—one that only her immediate family knows: she is LadyConstellation, the creator of the hugely popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza's plan is to quietly finish high school (and the comic), then head off to college where she won't be known as the weird, friendless girl. Things don't go as planned after she meets Wallace, a diehard fan of Monstrous Sea and an equally broken fan fiction writer. Zappia (Made You Up) uses her own illustrated Monstrous Sea panels to punctuate elements of the narrative and to show how Eliza and Wallace find solace in fandom. LadyConstellation is eventually outed, painfully and publicly, causing Eliza to spiral into depression, self-harm, and thoughts of suicide. Zappia's lighter approach to these topics doesn't diminish the strength of this sensitive and compassionate story or the message mirrored in the themes of the webcomic: there are monsters in the world, both real and imaginary, and without support systems, those monsters can cause great harm. Ages 14–up. Agent: Louise Fury, Bent Agency. (May)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.