From Shein (Gods and Angels, 2013) and Gates comes the YA tale of a family for whom cyptozoology 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 and co-author Gates wrap a classic tale of conformity in some gorgeously gothic paper. : Warm, smart and educational.
We want to stress that this is a work of fiction. We have played with
source myths and legends to fold them into a story that, while we hope
is entertaining, also contains something in which we believe strongly
and hope will resonate with all who read this book. We need to cherish
and protect each other as well as our world's other living treasures--
animals and plant life. We have lost so many and so much through
ignorance, which is understandable, to a degree, and greed, which is
unconscionable. We must do better and eliminate both.
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?