TEEN BOOK CLUB KIT
The Monstrumologist: William James Henry
In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi. This title is recommended for ages 8 and up.
Genre: Monsters, Supernatural, Fantasy, Horror
2010 Michael L. Printz Honor Book
5 Copies of Monstrumologist
1 Audio Book edition of Monstumologist* ( 10 CDS)
1 Copy of The Monster Hunter’s Handbook: the Ultimate Guide to Saving Mankind from Vampires, Zombies, Hellhounds, and Other Mythical Beasts by Ibrahim Amin
1 Discussion Guide. This discussion guide contains discussion questions, activities and other information to foster discussion of this book. You will also find information on starting and running a book club, earning a scout badge, and other information. You may make copies of any of these materials. Please do not write on these materials and return pages, books, and contents of this kit.
*A downloadable audio version of The Monstumologist is available to check out and download at www.ebtpl.org .
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The Monstrumologist Discussion Questions
There are no right or wrong answers to these questions. Just think about and respond thoughtfully. Please share your own group’s discussion questions and comments by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Be sure to check the Library’s teen pages at www.btpl.org for additional questions and comments from other book groups.
Will Henry has seen, and been, through a lot for a boy his age. In spite of all the horrors he has witnessed, he appears relatively well-adjusted (though depressed). What is your opinion of Will? How has he managed to stay sane?
Dr. Warthrop frequently puts Will into very dangerous, frightening circumstances and is often harsh, and even cruel, to him. At other times his actions suggest that he may actually care for the boy. This is often confusing to Will. How would you describe their relationship? Why did the Dr. Warthrop take in Will Henry after his parent’s death? Why does Will feel committed to serving Dr. Warthrop?
The author includes many graphic, gory, and gruesome details in this book. Did you find that the details added to the story or were they a bit too much? Were these details necessary to create an atmosphere of horror?
Which part of the book do you find the most frightening (or disgusting)?
Dr. Warthrop, like his father, feels determined to keep the monsters he studies a secret. Why this secrecy? Is it right to keep the knowledge of something this dangerous from the public?
Warthrop obviously does not think highly of Kearns and his methods. Why do you think he calls on Kearns for help?
Kearns does many horrible things during the hunt of the Anthropophagi, like using live humans as bait. He claims that his actions are necessary if they want to succeed. Do you believe that his actions were the only way to achieve success? Would success make his actions acceptable?
Will faces some very close encounters with Anthropophagi during the hunt. He must kill them quickly and without hesitation in order to save his, as well as Malachi’s life. He is incredibly brave, especially for a 12-year-old. What would you do in Will’s situation?
Do you think there may be rare and dangerous “monsters” in the world that we have not yet discovered, or that no one has told us about?
The author writes this book as if he acquired the story directly from Will Henry’s journal. Why does the author choose to present the story in this way?