Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter is a new Middle Grade graphic novel written by Marcus Sedgwick and illustrated by Thomas Taylor. It was released by First Second Books on April 3, 2018 (aka today)
According to First Second Books, “Scarlett Hart is a sincere story that proves the value of following your convictions.” And I admit, they are right. Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter follows Scarlett a young monster hunter who is homed and helped by her late parents’ butler Napoleon. Together they hunt England for monsters, either trapped of killed, for T.R.A.P.E.Z.E. (The Royal Academy for the Pursuit and Eradication of Zoological Eccentricities) There is so much to love about this story. My nearly 11 year old went so far as to call it a “really cool book, mom.” Not only is the main character a seriously smart, adventurous, brave, girl, but she also doesn’t give up. Ever. And that is probably the most important thing for a young girl to read.
All she wants is to hunt monsters and make enough money to keep up her parents’ home, Ravenwood Hall, and live to be old enough to hunt legally. But with a nemesis that is even more shifty than you originally think, and a plan that is moving forward faster than she can figure it out, Scarlett has to call on some of her parents’ old friends and a great deal of courage to keep going; to keep her world safe.
This story is fun, action packed, and full of heart. I particularly liked the appearance of the king, and his third person speech, but not near as much as her father’s “project” which was just a blast to see. I thought that Marcus’ storytelling was top notch and kept me and an 11 year old engaged. And the art was really well done as well. I love a good monster and thought they were interesting and not overly cheesy, plus suitably scary. I really hope to see a sequel soon. Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter is a 5 star read for sure!