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Imagine your father is a monster. Would that mean there are monsters inside you, too?

Nineteen-year-old Ry Burke, his mother, and little sister scrape by for a living on their dying family farm. Ry wishes for anything to distract him from the grim memories of his father’s physical and emotional abuse. Then a meteorite falls from the sky, bringing with it not only a fragment from another world but also the arrival of a ruthless man intent on destroying the entire family. Soon Ry is forced to defend himself by resurrecting a trio of imaginary childhood protectors: kindly Mr. Furrington, wise Jesus, and the bloodthirsty Scowler. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Connoisseurs of the grotesque have come to the right place, as Kraus’ impeccable sense of thriller timing spins out the terror. The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
  • “A Midwestern gothic family saga that will hook readers. Kirkus Reviews
  • “So unrelentingly bleak, it stretches the very definition of YA horror. Bloody-Disgusting.com
  • Scowler is dark, poetic, and challenging. Rue-Morgue.com
  • For lovers of dark thrillers and horror narratives, Scowler is one crazy roller-coaster ride. Portland Book Review
  • “Bound to scare up many jaw-dropping reactions. Chicago Tribune
  • A Tayshas Reading List Selection
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • A boldly visceral coming-of-age story that explores the darkest spaces in family life and the shocking resilience of the human psyche. Booklist
     
  • This book has the pacing of a Stephen King movie, and it never lets up in its gruesomeness. School Library Journal
  • Daniel Kraus writes raw and deft and dangerous. Consider yourself warned. Adele Griffin, two-time National Book Award finalist
  • “Daniel Kraus writes raw and deft and dangerous. Consider yourself warned.”

    Adele Griffin, two-time National Book Award Finalist and author of All You Never Wanted

  • “Marvin [Burke] is one of the great monsters of literature, a figure of immense, credible terror and savagery. Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother and coeditor of Boing Boing

  • “The demon offspring of Stephen King’s The Shining and Hitchcock’s Psycho. Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Gone and BZRK
     
  • A memorable, brutal assault on the senses, not for the fainthearted or delicate. Publishers Weekly
     
  • “Marvin Burke is one of the great monsters of literature—a figure of immense, credible terror and savagery.”

    Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Homeland

  • “Ry’s desperate journey into manhood is gripping, with Kraus skillfully amplifying a sense of tension and claustrophobia.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A midwestern gothic family saga that will hook readers.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Kraus’ masterful raising-of-stakes makes this into the sort of disaster you can’t possibly look away from.”

    BoingBoing.net

  • “A hard-edged tale of teenage survival, told with a grim-faced respect for the real life horrors that lurk behind closed doors.”

    Bloody-Disgusting.com

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the 2014 ALA Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production
  • A 2013 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Youth
  • A 2014 YALSA Pick for Best Audiobook
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