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Teen and Young Adult


Being a Normal Family is a State of Mind

The Monsterjunkies An American Family Odyssey Book 1

Author: Erik Daniel Shein

Hardback ISBN: 9781629895178

Paperback ISBN: 9781629895185

eBook ISBN: 9781629895192

Genre: YA Fantasy

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Release Date 10/31/2016

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Description:

Another rare and unusual creature has been delivered to the macabre estate at 1313 Road to Nowhere in Foggy Point, Maine. 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, it does not help that the name itself brings suspicion and rumors about what goes on at this mysterious mansion. 

Will their private world be exposed? Can the Monsterjunkies continue to carry on their peaceful ancestral legacy in the world of cyptozoology and helping endangered species while coping with these dark distractions?

 

Reviews: 

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

Great Debut Real Fantasy Novel for Erik Daniel Shein

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! 

Kirkus review: Warm, smart and educational. 

From Shein comes the YA tale of a family for whom cryptozoology is a way of life. Ninth-grader Cromwell "Crow" Monsterjunkie lives with his family near Foggy Point, Maine. His parents, Talon and Pandora, use their mansion as a sanctuary for rare and endangered creatures. In dealing with the bullies, Herpetologist Shein wraps a classic tale of conformity in some gorgeously gothic paper. Warm, smart and educational. 

An Untypical American Family with Typical Problems Fantasy and Myth Join Hands in This Inspiring Novel Yahoo voices

An Unusual Family's Story of Self-Discovery and Acceptance All voices.com

Erik Daniel Shein has created a fascinating world of somewhat real creatures, cared for by an eccentric but close and loving macabe family on their home sanctuary estate. 

Very highly recommended for pre- to early teen readers with a strong message of social acceptance and Anti bullying, The Monsterjunkies Sanctuary makes excellent summer reading. 

- Lisa Guidarini, Amazon Vine, Independent Publisher Award (IPPY) judge Freelance Reviewer: Chicago Tribune, NY Journal of Books, Library Journal. Librarian, Book Blogger, National Book Critics Circle.

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 Middle Grade


The Legend of Secret Pass

Copyright: 2017 Lords Productions

Author: Melissa Davis

Hardback ISBN: 9781629896267

Paperback ISBN: 9781629896274

eBook ISBN: 9781629896281

Genre: Animation/Family/Adventure

Release Date 03/20/2017

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A boy must face his fears to become a legend… 

If his family had told him that he would one day be a legendary guardian of Secret Pass, Manu would have laughed in their faces. Guardian, ha! 

All twelve-year-old Manu wanted to do was off-road race with his truck Windflier. When a strange dark magic makes its way through the mesa, Manu finds himself surrounded by dust devils, thunderbirds, and a ragtag group of animals that are trying to make their way to Natocchue, a place that protects animals from the outside world. His family is harboring a deep secret that is filled with magic and mystery, one that Manu isn’t sure he is ready for, but the woman in the wind has chosen him to be the next guardian. 

When the sinister Calabar uses his mystical powers on Manu and his family, it is up to Manu to save the day. Will he be able to keep Calabar from stealing the magic song the woman in the wind has entrusted him with or will Calabar gain entrance to Natocchue and end life as they knew it?

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