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The Monsterjunkies An American family Odyssey: "Being a normal Family  is a State of  Mind" by [Shein, Erik Daniel]
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Crow Monsterjunkie is a quiet,  Goth teen whose looks keep people at bay and make him a target at school. His older sister has found other ways to fit in. His only real friends are the lovable, enchanting creatures on his parents' ancestral estate and his plastic Aurora monster models.
And he has secrets ---- too many, in fact, to hold.
Local suspicions about Crow's European family legacy put his parents' work at risk in the field of cryptozoology while a greed-driven plot ensues to expose and rid the macabre Monsterjunkies from their mysterious, secluded sanctuary at 1313 Road to Nowhere, Foggy Point, Maine.
As the threats to his world increase, Crow must decide whether to rise above the tormenters or to descend into self-righteous retaliation. And, he can no longer contain the anger he feels towards his well-meaning, extroverted but absent father.
In order to get support, he must relinquish his self-imposed exile and dismantle the emotional fortress he's created to cope with too much pressure, too much trauma, and not enough trust in the good.
With elements of magical realism, light-hearted humor, an ensemble cast, and contemporary teen issues.

About the Author

Erik, Daniel Shein Visionary Entrepreneur, and Animal Welfare Advocate 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. One of his passions is classic Animation, including his CGI and 2D original story, “The Legend of the Secret Pass” which was made into an independent theatrical animated motion picture with several A list celebrities. He was instrumental in raising productions funds and working with his team to make the project come to fruition. With Legend of Secret Pass Mr. Shein used his zoology studies, and his love for Fortean Zoology and American Indian mythology to weave a story that may become a classic fable. Mr. Shein also created the TV show Reptile Chronicles where he hosted each adventure as the character Professor E with his animated side kick, Doupy the Gila monster. The show received three media industry awards. Mr. Shein has consulted over the years with such organizations as the Arizona Fish and Game Department and USFWS in assisting them to protect endangered wildlife. He has lectured in over 400 elementary schools, on many conservation and animal-related topics. Mr. Shein’s media, ecological and educational goals are to protect and preserve the world’s flora and fauna. One of his dreams is to find a host city and create the Earth Genomic Institute and wildlife sanctuary. He currently resides in Arizona.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Publisher: Arkwatch Holdings LLC (March 12 2014)
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  • Language: English
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa5dbeaa4) out of 5 stars 41 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5de76a8) out of 5 stars Brilliantly Real!!!!! March 18 2014
By Mark Vidal - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The “Monsterjunkies” is a family story about the daily struggles of interpersonal relationships. The creative writing and unique cast of characters made this a very interesting read. I thought character development was handled very well. Plot progression and dialogue made the book seem “real”. I particularly liked “Crow” and “Indigo”. The authors message that we all wear masks is one that is poignant and all too true in our self absorbed modern world. Great story that I highly recommend checking out

I also greatly appreciate writings that remind us that there is more depth to us than the labels that Society puts on us. I feel that is a very important theme. Kids can build each other up as friends, or they can choose to label and be cruel. Those labels often hurt our ego and insults our intelligence. We all, adults, teens, and children alike, need the reminder that we don't have to listen to limiting stereotypes. We are more than the masks that society tries to make us wear.

Standing up against stereotyping, against bullying, against abuse, means standing up for ourselves. There is a freedom in accepting our differences,
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5de76fc) out of 5 stars Addictive March 19 2014
By Vincent Varela - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
By the time your done with this book your begging for another one. The authors did an amazing job and need to make these into a long series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5de79d8) out of 5 stars Well-done piece of writing Feb. 11 2013
By Paul Lappen - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the story of a very unique American family.

The Monsterjunkies live in a walled compound on the coast of Maine. Talon, the father, is a crypto-zoologist who specializes in rescuing animal species thought to be extinct, with the intention of returning them to the wild. Pandora is his wife, and their children, daughter Indigo and son Crow are students at the local high school. Because they are "different," both children have been noticed by Rutherford, the school bully. Crow wants the bullying to end, and Indigo wants the family to start being a little more trusting of outsiders. No one is allowed on the property, and the family doesn't talk about it, which leads to the expected rumors of monsters on the property.

Indigo invites Winter, a friend from school and a budding artist, for an overnight sleepover, and shows her what is really going on behind the walls. Crow becomes friends with a trio of boys from school who attempt to sneak onto the property to see for themselves. They are stopped by an actual sasquatch, who, they learn later, is intelligent and is named Beauregard. The visitors are also introduced to a pygmy elephant named Thunder who loves marshmallows, and an actual sea serpent named Sybil who can't eat enough squash.

At school one day, the group publicly humiliates Rutherford, in front of a bunch of girls. Naturally, he is not going to go away that easily. Does the Monsterjunkie family get "outed" prematurely? Does the bullying stop, once and for all?

This is an excellent YA novel. It has a very strong environmental and anti-bullying message. It is a well-done piece of writing that is recommended for all young people (and adults, too).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5de7ef4) out of 5 stars In a fascinating world of otherworldly beasts is a coming-of-age story of profundity. May 17 2014
By Lucinda - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Being a normal family is a state of mind...

Eccentric, outlandish ideas and creative concepts fill the pages of this supremely singular story for Young Adults & Teenagers. The well-written narrative explores pain, joy and growth with acute poignancy and a deeply resounding look at self-evaluation. I was shocked by such an impressive and rather extraordinary read, so full of heart and containing many valuable lessons that strike a chord in us all. `The Monster Junkies' approaches bullying, peer-pressure, adolescent decision-making and many other strong themes which teenagers encounter with sincerity and touching truism. I can recall those feelings and anxieties that many of the characters within this book experience when I was this age, and so found the storyline highly relatable and current.

"Everything you're looking for lies behind the mask you wear."

Blending together the bizarre and brilliant in a fantastical fusion of colour and imaginative flair this quirky, idiosyncratic debut is a compelling read like nothing I have encountered before! Crow and his sister Indigo are likeable protagonists whose assured sense of inner-self and identity is something to admire and draw courage from. Finding acceptance and approbation of self (and self worth) is one of the most powerful topics within YA literature that can be examined, and so I would recommend this sensational story as a noteworthy edition to the genre. Refreshing originality along with a modern `twist' {contemporary feel} makes this novel incredibly relevant for the 21st Century and target readership. Similarly to books like `This song will save your life' this story highlights how we are all Monster Junkies: in that façade's threaten to overwhelm us and lead us from the path of finding true meaning in life.

This empowering tale encourages readers of all ages to let go of insecurities and concerns as to how others perceive you, so as to expose your inner-self and strength of heart. Through the cast of spunky, engaging characters I was able to draw meaningful connotation and impacting depth from the plot - - messages of hope, warmth and honesty. Not all about teenage angst and agony this story marks a clear path so that impressionable minds might not sway towards jealousy, but rather live life to the full through a comforting read. This striking story (with fantastic eye-catching, magical cover!) is a richly evocative tale that lingers on the mind and seeps into the soul...

*I would like to thank `Ark Watch Productions' (www.arkwatchproductions) publishers and author Erik Daniel Shein and Theresa A. Gares for providing me with a PHYSICAL COPY of The Monster Junkies: An American Family Odyssey to read and provide an honest, non-biased review on.

+ additional recipes included for yummy cookies and mouth-watering cider!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5de7f0c) out of 5 stars Being a Normal Family is Just a State of Mind Jan. 27 2013
By Clarissa Kent - Published on
Format: Paperback
I will need to start with this: "The Monsterjunkies, An American Family Odyssey" is a must read for all the teenagers. This is a fantasy book that has included in it some lessons that could become useful in a teenager's life. It has an Adams family ambiance but with not so much violence with an unusual family, a different one. And the thing about being different is that you most likely will always be in the center of attention and this is not, in most of the times, a good thing. This is also the case of Crow, Indigo and their entire family; they are feared or bullied for how they are. This book somehow teaches us that being different is not that horrible.

What I absolutely loved about it was the description. When the estate was described is like the authors throw you directly in another world, full of magical and unusual creatures, exotic animals and plants, but also beautiful architecture. Just for the describing alone I would recommend you and because of the dialogue as well, which has some funny parts.