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The Monsterjunkies An American family Odyssey:Book One
by Erik Daniel shein  Theresa A Gates 

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Young Adult/Teen

Publisher:  Arkwatch Holdings LLC ISBN-10:  0615990150 Type: 
Pages: 

172

Copyright:  March 14, 2014 ISBN-13:  9780615990156
Fiction

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 Another unusual creature has been delivered to the vast estate at 1313 Road to Nowhere in Foggy Point, Maine to add to the collection of odd, rare, or thought to be extinct species. This is a place where the magical is real and the bizarre is normal. Welcome to the Monsterjunkie Manor.
Ah, but all is not well in the quirky, gothic Monsterjunkie world. Outside forces are scheming to rid them from the area while the teens and their friends cope with harassment for being different. Of course, the name itself brings suspicion and rumors about what goes on at this mysterious residence. Will their private world be exposed? And how will Crow Monsterjunkie come to grips with his name, his family legacy, and the masks that people wear to hide their true selves?


Excerpt

We all are Monsterjunkies and wear masks during our daily lives, in
school, during work, hanging out with our friends, imitating people
we look up to and admire. It is the people who take off their masks
and show the real person inside who truly find meaning in their lives.
Who are the real monsters? People who wear masks of false goodness
and respectability who hide their actual hypocrisy and deep intolerance
of others? Or, are the creatures and people who are different
because of their appearance, social status, and the choices they make,
the real monsters?



Professional Reviews

2013 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ - 12 - Teen: Fiction (13-18)
2013 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ - 12 - Teen: Fiction (13-18)

Great Debut Real Fantasy Novel For Erik Daniel Shein and Theresa A Gates

Pretty "current" feel for cover design - Twilight readers would pick this book up and read
the summary. Relatable to this age group. easy to read Great presentation!


This is unique enough to be attractive to the intended age group. Dysfunctional families are everywhere. It's a
good novel on peer pressure, adolescent decision-making, and working through tough times. It's a well-written
story of pain, joy and growth - well done!


Friends, Enemies, and Marvelous Animals
Crow Monsterjunkie and his sister Indigo live an isolated life on a seaside estate full of exotic animals. The story begins as both have reached emotional turning points. Crow wants kids to stop bulling him about his gothic style and strange parents. Indigo wants the whole family to become more social and accepting of outsiders. The novel is imaginative and full of interesting twists and turns. It focuses on the joy that comes into life when bullying and fear go out. Teens will enjoy reading about the family's rescue work with unusual and often whimsical animals, such as Fang, the telepathic tentacled mailbox. It is heartening to read about a family whose members genuinely care for each other, listen to each other, and then act on each other's concerns. They all unite with the kids' new friends to defeat the forces of prejudice and hatred spawned by the evil Grimes family. At the end, things are not perfectly sewn up. Just as in real life, their problems are not easily solved. Readers are left hoping that this is just the first of a series of adventures for the Monsterjunkie family, their unique animals, and their newfound friends.

Well-done piece of writing
This is the story of a very unique American family.

The Monsterjunkies live in a walled compound on the coast of Maine. Talon, the father, is a crypto-zoologist who specializes in rescuing animal species thought to be extinct, with the intention of returning them to the wild. Pandora is his wife, and their children, daughter Indigo and son Crow are students at the local high school. Because they are "different," both children have been noticed by Rutherford, the school bully. Crow wants the bullying to end, and Indigo wants the family to start being a little more trusting of outsiders. No one is allowed on the property, and the family doesn't talk about it, which leads to the expected rumors of monsters on the property.

Indigo invites Winter, a friend from school and a budding artist, for an overnight sleepover, and shows her what is really going on behind the walls. Crow becomes friends with a trio of boys from school who attempt to sneak onto the property to see for themselves. They are stopped by an actual sasquatch, who, they learn later, is intelligent and is named Beauregard. The visitors are also introduced to a pygmy elephant named Thunder who loves marshmallows, and an actual sea serpent named Sybil who can't eat enough squash.

At school one day, the group publicly humiliates Rutherford, in front of a bunch of girls. Naturally, he is not going to go away that easily. Does the Monsterjunkie family get "outed" prematurely? Does the bullying stop, once and for all?

This is an excellent YA novel. It has a very strong environmental and anti-bullying message. It is a well-done piece of writing that is recommended for all young people (and adults, too).


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