Grendel is by John Gardner. A fabulous re-telling of Beowulf from the point of view of Grendel, the monster. A must read for anyone who has read the epic poem. Read this in tandem with Seamus Heaney's translation, they make a spectacular duo. Gardner never paints Grendel as less than evil, but you can't help walking away from the story without feeling for him. A wonderful book. A Reader's Corner Highly Recommended Read.
Ratings: 9th grade - 10 out of 10 - P (profanity) - V (violence) - AC (mature thematic content).