Corydon and the Island of Monsters
By Tobias Druitt
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375833823, 304pp.)
Publication Date: February 28, 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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A young shepherd, Corydon, is driven out of his village because of his unusual appearance and then captured and put on display as a monster. Alongside him in the traveling freak show are Medusa, the Minotaur, the Sphinx, and other classical beasts. When Corydon helps these monsters to escape their cages, they scatter to seek peace and solitude away from prying eyes. But then an army of “heroes” arrives hoping to win glory by killing the monsters, and Corydon must unite these unloved and unlikely allies to fight for their survival and for their island home.
Tobias Druitt lives in Oxford, England. This is his first novel. The author lives in Oxford, England.
"Captivating trilogy opener. . . . Reading this witty, profoundly sapient take on the old tales will leave readers impatient for the sequels."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"A winning first novel."—Publishers Weekly, Starred