By Erik Daniel Shein and L.M. Reker
The Monsterjunkie’s aren’t your typical family. They live on an estate with “monsters” that Dr. Monsterjunkie has located throughout the world. The “monsters” are really extremely rare creatures, in some cases individuals. The estate has a reputation as being kind of odd. And if you’re a sensitive teenage boy like Crow, the youngest of the Monsterjunkie children, this reputation can be a problem at school. His older sister, Indigo, has a different personality so the houses reputation doesn’t affect her, it’s the secretiveness her parents, Talon and Pandora, insist on.
As the story in the book unfolds, Crow and Indigo begin to grow up. Crow develops friendships with a group of with a group of boys who dub themselves the Schnogginʹ Knocker’s. And Indigo encourages her parents to be more open with the community about the families work with cryptozoology.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is written for young adults so it is easy to read. The fact that family accepts and provides sanctuary to so many different individuals and creatures really appealed to me. And it was fun to read about mythical creatures. All of the characters in the book are interesting, but Beau, the Sasquatch, is my absolute favorite. I loved how the writers took a creature from folklore and presented him as an intelligent being who expresses his emotions articulately.
The overall theme of the book is bullying. Each individual in the book has faced situations where they do not fit into what is called “normal” by the world they live in. And each character solves the problem in their own manner. To me the book really showed how bullying is really an action that is cultivated by hatred. Bullying has its seeds in our cultures lack of acceptance of all individuals in our society. And the author’s explore how our attitudes towards the planet affect the people on the planet. Do we respect the lives of all creatures on the planet, or do we believe that the planet is there simply for our personal gain?
If you want to read a book that presents a positive ways to deal with bullying on a small and large scale, The Monsterjunkies is the book for you.