The Monsterjunkies, An American Family Odyssey


Fiction - Realistic
190 Pages
Reviewed on 12/07/2014
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Author Biography

Erik, Daniel Shein
Visionary Entrepreneur, and Animal Welfare Advocate with a background in herpetology

Erik Daniel Shein was born Erik Daniel Stoops, November 18th 1966 He is an American writer, and Visionary, film producer, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, and philanthropist, Pet enthusiast and animal health advocate . He is the author and co authored of over 30 nonfiction and fiction books whose writings include six scientific articles in the field of herpetology. His children’s book, “The Forgotten Ornament” is a Christmas classic, and was endorsed by Hollywood legends Mickey and Jan Rooney.

Mr Shein is the creator of the Monsterjunkie universe, and his Debut novels the Monsterjunkies an American family odyssey being a normal family is a state of mind and the sequel Monsterjunkies Sanctuary were Kirkus reviews young adult books of the month November and December 2014 in Kirkus magazine, Monsterjunkies an American family Odyssey was named Top 50 teen books for 2014 by Kirkus

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Authors Erik Daniel Shein and Theresa A. Gates continue to delight readers with Sanctuary, Book II of The Monsterjunkies, An American Odyssey series. A year has passed since the Monsterjunkies welcomed several trusted souls to their estate. Crow is now 15 years old and enjoying his friendship with his Schnoggin Knockers gang; Larry, Todd, and Edgar. Despite the joy of camaraderie, the challenges of cruelty and harassment remain, including other issues that Crow and his sister Indigo have to face.

Having read the first book, Being Normal is a State of Mind, the continuation of the story did not disappoint me. The development of the plot and the characters are well-written. Book two continues to depict the personal and social issues that teenagers have to deal with today. The bullying problem in school is still being highlighted where Crow still has to endure the harassment from Grimes and his gang. Worst, Ruth Grimes’s father, Grimes Sr., is determined to get rid of the Monsterjunkies for good – out of the area, or better, out of the country. He would love to get his hand on the Monsterjunkies’ estate.

Beau, the lovable and articulate Sasquatch, also receives an interesting development to his character. Although living with the Monsterjunkies is peaceful and safe, Beau longs to be free in the wilderness. Beau must choose whether to stay happy and protected with the Monsterjunkies or brave the outside world to search for his parents and his own species. Simply put, I find myself growing to love the Monsterjunkies and their extended family members more and more. The great mix of reality, powerful messages on social issues and macabre fantasy in the storytelling make it a worthwhile series to follow.