This picture-book biography tells the true story of Mary Shelley, the young woman who created the original “Frankenstein,” the horror story that has survived two hundred years. An eerie tale that began with a waking dream, influenced by Mary’s troubled childhood and interesting encounters with poets and famous writers, Canadian author Linda Bailey recounts Mary’s captivating life story. Suitable for intermediate-level students, this visually-detailed story is appropriate as a read-aloud, and the interesting images in the book could support lessons on how illustrations can enhance the mood of a text. Mary’s vivid ideas and visions can be used to inspire impromptu story writing and opportunities for imaginative writing in the classroom. Log in to read the full review.