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5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
82 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1978105775
ISBN-10: 1978105770

BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Imagination & Play

Kenny Cartwright seems to be nothing more than a human lab rat to his neighbor, Rich Peterson. Although the boys have a different definition of what it means to be “best friends,” Kenny is always a willing candidate to try Rich’s potentially dangerous ideas. One day, while exploring a hill in the woods, the two boys stumble across an alarming plan of attack, aimed directly at them. Regardless of their differences, Kenny and Rich must work out the true meaning of friendship. The only way the two can survive is to unify—their lives depend on it. Their usually laid back summer will quickly turn disastrous if the two don’t work together. Their once quiet town won’t be safe again until the boys figure out their enemy’s master plan. Do they wave the white flag and give up? Or do the boys prepare for war? There are big decisions to be made for Kenny and Rich. The clock is ticking.

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Bullying and The Monsterjunkies

Bullying is a topic of interest to most, if not all tweens and teens now. From kindergarten to college, kids have encountered it. Bullying can range from teasing among the younger set to activity considered criminal as the children grow older. Consider the events covered by the news agencies over the last decade. Sometimes the bullied become the bullies, as in the Columbine killings in Colorado. Or the activity can take on the mode of a hate crime as in the Laramie, Wyoming torture and killing of Mathew Shepard. Robert Champion, a Florida A & M band member died as a result of hazing, once a tradition among college sororities and fraternities, which rarely resulted in mortality. These examples, combined with the recent displays of gun violence, have put students and school administrators on edge. The President is being urged “to do something;” LaPierre of the NRA is advocating arming teachers. Where will it stop?

I believe the place to begin is in the schools. Let’s stop bullying now. The bullies need psychological treatment. They have a personality defect, perhaps something in their family situation has caused them to think they are better than others or that they a have superior right, often without the ability, to lead. Erik Shein, noted author and animator, has produced a work of fiction, The Monsterjunkies; an American Family Odyssey,  for tweens and teens that provides a look inside a family who struggles with inheritance, science and a community’s fear of the unknown. Bullying and how one tween defeats the bullies will provide entertainment while giving kids information about bullying. “Ed asked, ‘Do you believe their story, Ms. Conners? You heard my speech on bullying at the PTA meeting and you know how the bullying game is played. They are using the very tactics I described, including taunting, secret backstabbing and provoking victims when the moment’s right. It’s all part of the game and that is exactly what’s happening here.’”

Kids will recognize at least one character from The Monsterjunkies; an American Family Odyssey, whether it’s the main character, much maligned Cromwell, his sister  the well-arranged Indigo or the bully-master himself, Rutherford J. Grimes III. Cromwell or Crow, as he prefers to be called, finds a way to deal with the bullying. He meets it head-on in a unique combination of smarts and one-upmanship. Indigo, too, must find a way to have friends over without sacrificing her family’s desire and need for privacy. Why the overly espoused need for privacy? It is the very estate itself and its unusual set of inhabitants that provides the ticket for Crow’s acceptance.

Some students may be able find solutions to their bullying problems at home, talking to family; perhaps, a family member has experienced bullying in his or her younger years. Or there may be some other suggestion that can provide material for a solution. School counselors are also a good avenue for help. Students who experience bullying at any level should contact school counselors and/or administrators immediately. It is their desire to end bullying as much as the students. They must be given a chance to help and that chance begins by being notified.

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The Monsterjunkies, an American Family Odyssey

<a href=”http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17123659-the-monsterjunkies-an-american-family-odyssey&#8221; style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img alt=”The Monsterjunkies, an American Family Odyssey.” border=”0″ src=”http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1356121582m/17123659.jpg&#8221; /></a><a href=”http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17123659-the-monsterjunkies-an-american-family-odyssey”>The Monsterjunkies, an American Family Odyssey.</a> by <a href=”http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4278384.Erik_Daniel_Shein”>Erik Daniel Shein</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/493942243″>5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
You’ll recognize at least one character from The Monsterjunkies; an American Family Odyssey, whether it’s the main character, much maligned Cromwell, his sister  the well-arranged Indigo or the bully-master himself, Rutherford J. Grimes III. Cromwell or Crow, as he prefers to be called, finds a way to deal with the bullying. He meets it head-on in a unique combination of smarts and one-upmanship. Indigo, too, must find a way to have friends over without sacrificing her family’s desire and need for privacy. Why the overly espoused need for privacy? Find out what the Monsterjunkie estate is harboring. It is the very estate itself and it’s unusual set of inhabitants that provides the ticket for Crow’s acceptance. The author, Erik Shein, noted author and animator, provides teens a look inside a family who struggles with inheritance, science and a community’s fear of the unknown. Highly recommended for school and public library collections.<br /><br />
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The Monsterjunkies, an American Family Odyssey

The Monsterjunkies, an American Family Odyssey is a contemporary Addams Family. It uses a host of magical props, including a mailbox that speaks via telepathy, to provide humorous yet poignant characterizations. The book explores the one issue every adolescent faces no matter his or her social status or economic condition: How can I fit in? Indigo, Crow, and the rest of the characters go down a reality curve to arrive at the harsh truth of the indelible hurt bullying, emotional abuse and prejudice can foster. The family faces ignorance combined with aggression at every step as they try to build a life for themselves in the home of their ancestors.This story for teens and tweens is a fast-paced narrative that defines growing up through a cast of quirky yet engaging characters who also experience the same anxieties as any other family enduring the issues that portend ‘coming of age.’ Not all angst and agony, it marks a clear path to the ultimate form of acceptance, the approbation of self.

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