About the Course

Young Adult Readers: Monsters, Magic, and Mayhem

  • Grades 7-9
  • CTY-Level
  • Session-Based

How do we decide who or what is monstrous? Would you recognize a “monster” if you encountered one walking down the street? In this course, you will read four novels that introduce you to a variety of characters commonly considered monstrous, like aliens, vampires, werewolves, and peculiars. You’ll follow teen protagonists’ journeys as they battle dark forces, forge meaningful friendships, and sometimes uncover secrets that lead them down a path of self-discovery. A variety of creative and essay assignments will enrich your understanding of theme, plot, and character. You will strengthen your critical reading skills by closely reading the texts, and using textual evidence to strengthen your written analyses. Online writing forums also allow participants from around the world to engage in meaningful discussions and deepen their understanding of the readings and common themes found in a variety of literary works.

Time Commitment: 6-8 hours per week (6-8 hours independent work).

Important Dates
Registration for Winter Session Closes


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12 weeks


12 weeks


12 weeks
12 weeks

Testing and Prerequisites

  Math Verbal
Required Level CTY-Level or CTY-Level
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Course Prerequisites

Young Adult Readers: Monsters, Magic, and Mayhem requires:

1 prerequisite

Proficiency in reading and writing in English.

Cost and Financial Aid

  • Tuition
    • Varies
  • Application fee
    • Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
    • Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available

We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.

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Course Materials

Please acquire all course materials by the course start date. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact ctyinfo@jhu.edu.

Book Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
ISBN: 978-1594746031

Book Title: The Host
Author: Stephenie Meyer
ISBN: 978-0316068055

Book Title: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments)
Author: Cassandra Clare
ISBN: 978-1416955078

Note: Student may choose either The Monstrumologist or Beautiful Creatures as their final book for the course:

Book Title: The Monstrumologist
Author: Rick Yancey
ISBN: 978-1416984498

Book Title: Beautiful Creatures
Author: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
ISBN: 978-0316077033

Technical Requirements

This course requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and an up-to-date web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses a virtual classroom for instructor-student communication. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client, and on tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Recorded meetings can only be viewed on a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both free to download.

Terms & Conditions

Students may interact in online classrooms and meetings that include peers, instructors, and occasional special guests.

After a you complete a course, your projects may be used to illustrate work for future students. 

About Language Arts at CTY

Enhance your skills in creative writing and critical reading, learn to craft effective sentences, and develop an analytical approach to reading and writing through our Language Arts courses. Guided by our expert instructors, you can further develop your communication skills in our interdisciplinary visual fluency courses, and explore topics in communication theory, design theory, and cognitive psychology. Through coursework and online discussions with classmates from around the world, you’ll elevate your writing structure and style, hone your craft, and become an adept wordsmith fluent in the language of literary arts. 

Write, Edit, Publish

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