What Big Teeth

Rose Szabo

fiction fantasy horror young adult
adventurous dark mysterious slow-paced

400 pages | first published 2021

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN MEETS THE ADDAMS FAMILY IN THIS HAUNTING STORY OF ONE GIRL'S ATTEMPT TO RECONNECT WITH HER MONSTROUS FAMILY.

Eleanor has not seen or spoken with her family in years, not since they sent her away to Saint Brigid's boarding school. She knows them only as vague memories: her grandfather's tremendous fanged snout, the barrel full of water her mother always soaked in, and strange hunting trips in a dark wood with her sister and cousins. And she remembers the way they looked at her, like she was the freak.

When Eleanor finally finds the courage to confront her family and return to their ancestral home on the rainy coast of Maine, she finds them already gathered in wait, seemingly ready to welcome her back with open arms. "I read this in the cards," her grandmother tells her. However, Grandma Persephone doesn't see all, for just as Eleanor is beginning to readjust to the life she always longed for, a strange and sudden death rocks the family, leaving Eleanor to manage this difficult new dynamic without help.

In order to keep the family that abandoned her from falling apart, Eleanor calls upon her mysterious other grandmother, Grandmere, from across the sea. Grandmere brings order to the chaotic household, but that order soon turns to tyranny. If any of them are to survive, Eleanor must embrace her strange family and join forces with the ghost of Grandma Persephone to confront the monstrousness lurking deep within her Grandmere-and herself.

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Moods

dark 100%
mysterious 66%
tense 33%
adventurous 16%
challenging 16%
emotional 16%
hopeful 16%
reflective 16%

Pace

medium 60%
slow 40%

Strong character development?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 25%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 50% | No: 25% | Yes: 25%

Diverse cast of characters?

It's complicated: 40% | Yes: 40% | No: 20%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 100%

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3.95