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Cryptid Hunters (Marty and Grace #1)

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After their parents are lost in an accident, thirteen-year old twins Grace and Marty are whisked away to live with their Uncle Wolfe-an uncle that they didn't even know they had! The intimidating Uncle Wolfe is an anthropologist who has dedicated his life to finding cryptids, mysterious creatures believed to be long extinct.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Disney-Hyperion
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Wendy Sparrow
I'd intended to leisurely preview this for my son to make sure it wasn't too violent. Instead it pulled me in and kept my eyes glued on its pages until 2 a.m. this morning... and I immediately bought Tentacles... at 2 a.m. (Gotta love online buying for that.)

This book was like the Magic Treehouse kids all grown up and taking on Jurassic Park or Journey to the Center of the Earth. It begins with Grace and Marty at a boarding school for gifted or wealthy kids--and it's a great peek into their pers...more

*Some of my details might be wrong. It's been a while.*

Brother and sister, after their parents went missing after a plane crash, go to live with their Uncle Wolfe. He has his own private island, appears filthy rich, and is a cryptid hunter. Grace and Marty get swept up in his travels to find such elusive creatures and run into......Wolfe's nemesis, Noah Blackwood. Okay, predictable elements, the dialogue could be better, and some cliches. This probably wouldn't bother a 9-10 year old which is th...more
Clara-ruth A.
This book is awesome! My brother gave it to me and I thought it looked like a science book on Dino's. Then I read it and it was awesome! DON'T JUGDE A BOOK BY IT'S COVER!!!!EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep 25, 2011 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like action
This was such a good book!! DON'T judge this by it's cover, it's not what you think. If you like fast-paced books, this is for you. I loved this so much, i would read under the covers with a flashlight untill my sister thretened to tell (i bribed her not to with candy). Anyway, it is a book i think everyone would like.
The book was about two kids That are twins that go to a private school and they end up finding out that there parents end up dying when they where in the jungle on an adventure. They said that there parents died by the plane crashing. The main characters are Marty and Grace O’Hara. (“She had told them if there was no affection as the shutter released, the photograph was not worth taking.”) Pg.6 (“I can’t tell you how sorry I am to hear of your great loss.”) Pg.12

I didn’t really like the theme...more
This was an exciting story about twins Marty and Grace and their adventure in the Congo. Smith really knows how to keep the reader engaged and wanting more. Every part of this story was well crafted and engaging. I really liked the characters of Marty and Grace. I thought their journey from boarding school to Cryptos Island to the Congo was exciting and that kids would love to read about it. I thought the adults in the story were well crafted and not one dimensional as adults in juvenile fiction...more
Taylor Terriberry
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Cryptozoology (CRIP-tuh-zoh-AW-luh-jee) noun
The study of animals, such as the Sasquatch, the Yeti, the Loch Ness monster, the Chupacabra, and others, whose existence has not yet been proven scientifically. There are thought to be more than two hundred cryptids in existence today.

Cryptid Hunters is an exciting new adventure novel by Roland Smith about two thirteen-year-old twins, Marty and Grace, who literally fall out of a plane by mistake into the Congo. Their uncle, a cryptologist named Travis...more
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Niya Monae
May 31, 2014 Niya Monae rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any young audience that loves a good adventure book
I greatly enjoyed this book. It was an audience friendly book that was packed with excitement and well-developed characters that caught my eye. This book was on one of my bookshelves at home, a book that was untouched and never read. I wasn't sure how I received the book, all I knew was that it was there. It was a typical boring day, and I had read all of the books on my shelves. It was just that book that sat there, itching to be read.

See, I'm the type to judge a book by its cover and stray awa...more
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This really was a lot of fun! It has been a while since a read a simple, straightforward adventure novel. This one was written for tweens, which made it a quick ready, but it was loads of fun. Like lots of books written for this age group, there are two protagonists: a boy and a girl. This nicely avoids the challenge of reading a book starring a protagonists of the opposite gender.

The stars of this book, the first in a series, are 13-year-old twins named Grace and Marty. As the novel opens, they...more
Kim Otzelberger
This book had been sitting on my self for a long time. My Dad had read it and said it was amazing, and finally, after all these years, I finally decided it was about time that I gave it a shot. This book is the start of my 2014 50 book challenge.
Just as the title says, this story involves some cryptids. We meet Grace and Marty, 'siblings' who right off the bat, find out their parents were in a helicopter crash. The whereabouts of their parents is unknown. Because of this, the 'siblings' are tak...more
Christina Heinritz
This book was very adventurous and suspenseful. It had a lot of twists and turns so you didn't know what was going to happen next. The book was very creative and original.
Cryptid Hunters is a great book! It has a lot of action and mystery in it. Its a thrill ride, and get ready for a take your imagination on a ride.Cryptid Hunters is about these two twins named Marty and Grace.Their parents are explorers, and take pictures, and write articles about the places they've been.One day Marty and Grace get called down to the Deans office.The Dean Dr. Beasel and a few other teachers are waiting for them there.As soon as they enter the room the twins see the teachers with...more
Miss Clark
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Definition: cryp•to•zo•ol•o•gy (CRIP-tuh-zoh-AW-luh-jee) noun
The study of animals, such as the Sasquatch, the Yeti, the Loch Ness monster, the Cupacabra, and others, whose existence has not yet been proven scientifically. There are thought to be more than two hundred cryptids in existence today. (intro pages)

“Marty and Grace O’Hara were twins, but you wouldn’t know it if you saw them together. Marty has brown hair, eyes the color of rain clouds, and he is a foot taller than his sister. Grace ha...more
Stephenie M
Cryptid Hunters is action packed book.Roland Smith packed this book with action,mystery,and near death experiences.After their parents dissapear on a trip to Mt.Everest the twins,Marty and Grace, go to live with an uncle they did not know even exsists.It turns out their uncle is a cryptozooligist.(cryptozoology is the study of animals such as the sasquach or Loch Ness monster.)Just when the twins are geting to know their uncle(Wolfe)He finds out his nemisis,Dr.Blackwoood is planing to steal an a...more
Cryptid Hunters is a book that features the topic of cryptozoology. This is the branch of science that deals with finding animals that people say exist, but haven't been found yet. Some examples of animals that weren't thought to be real but were discovered were the okapi and coelacanth. Some of the more famous topics of cryptozoology are the Sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster. However, as this book shows, there are many more cryptids to think about.
The book follows the adventures of Marty and...more
Enjoyed this one. It was fast paced and full of adventure even though it was a tad predictable. Just a tad!

The story starts when Grace and Marty learn of the probable death of their parents while at boarding school. They are sent to live with their mysterious Uncle on an island where there are army surplus Humvees, necklaces which must be worn at all times, and a rule that they can't explore the island. Grace spots someone in a kayak that needs help. She later overhears her Uncle speaking Dr. La...more
Basically Cryptid Hunters is a book about two twins, Marty and Grace, who's parents got lost in an accident long ago. One day they find out that they have to go live with an uncle they didn't even know existed! Their uncle, Wolfe has dedicated his whole life to finding mysterious creatures called Cryptid. One day Uncle Wolfe finds out that his enemy is going to a jungle to find a mysterious dinosaur that is very rare. Wolfe gathers up his whole team and heads for the jungle himself, but he leav...more
Nicolas Healey
Now, this book, unlike a lot of books I enjoy, doesn't raise very many deep questions. It is not something I read and ponder and think about. It is, however, extremely entertaining. I think this book I may have finished quicker than any other. The first day I read the first two chapters, the second, the next three, and then on the third day I read the remaining 41 chapters. It was that good. It was the kind of book you can't put down. One interesting situation segues seamlessly into another, and...more
This book reminded me a lot of early children's books where the main character(s) have crazy adventures and are very good at everything within their sphere, either physical or mental. They almost border on Mary Sue type characters but the author does a great job of not only giving explanations for why the children can do all of these things, but also giving the children distinct personalities. I was really surprised at the twists in the book, but I really enjoyed them. I was a little disappointe...more
Marty and Grace were average kids that went to a boarding school in Switzerland. Their parents had just gone missing in a helicopter crash in the Amazon Rainforest. Just a couple weeks after they found out about the crash their uncle, that they didn't know even existed, called them to go and live with him, and he told them that he was going to pick them up in a couple days. When they got to their uncle's private island, his house was a mansion and he was a researcher that tried to find new speci...more
Noah Sch.
Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith
Fiction: Adventure
352 Pages


Marty and Grace O'hara are twins that live at a boarding school in Switzerland. They are in class one day when the principal tells them that their parents are dead, and they are supposed to go and live with their uncle that they've never met. They flew to this Uncle Wolfe's house, and there they met him. He was a Cryptid hunter, a person who tries to find species that are thought to be extinct. He declared that they were going to t...more
When the fraternal twins, Marty and Grace, lose their journalist parents in a horrible helicopter crash during an assignment, they are instantly shipped from their boarding school in Switzerland to live with their eccentric uncle, Travis Wolfe. An unlikely guardian, Wolfe is a professional cryptozoologist, a researcher dedicated to the study of animals whose existence or survival is disputed by the scientific community such as: The Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot and the yeti. But, just as the twin...more
Cryptid Hunters Book Review

I read the book called Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith. This book was about two average teens, Marty, and Grace. The kid’s parents died in a plane crash so they had to leave their Switzerland boarding school to live with their uncle they didn’t know they had. Wolf, their uncle, lived on an island near Washington State. The weird thing about their uncle was that he studied cryptozoology, which is the study of animals like the Sasquatch, Yeti, and Bigfoot. Wolf then had...more
Karen Keyte
It's hard to imagine any pair of twins less alike than Marty and Grace O'Hara. Marty is tall, athletic and artistic. He loves cooking and drawing comic books, scuba diving and sky diving. He loves to play practical jokes, hates to follow the rules and is almost entirely without fear. Grace, on the other hand, is small and intensely academic. She's a writer, loves math and foreign languages and never, ever gets in trouble. Grace's list of fears is almost endless and includes everything from enclo...more
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Would you risk your life just to save something that might not even be alive? Well Marty and Grace went on an accidental adventure to get back to their mysterious uncle.

Marty and Grace are 13 years old and went on an adventure in the wild Congo after falling out of the jet they were on and are now trying to get back their uncle Travis. Marty is a tall, strong, athletic, and wild young boy who is always asking for trouble. Grace on the otherhand is a very quiet, shy girl who...more
Apr 17, 2008 SAM rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to SAM by: A Friend Of Mine
One of the best books ever! I really enjoyed reading it. It's one of those books you pick up and then you cant put it down. It's about two characters, Marty and Grace. Their 13 year old twins at a boarding school in Switzerland. But when there principle calls them into his office with some bad news about their "traveling parents" The twins are swept away to some hidden island called Crypto's by an uncle they never knew they had. Here they listen in on an important conversation and find out that...more
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Roland Smith is an American author of young adult fiction as well as nonfiction books for children.
Smith was born in Portland, Oregon, and graduated from Portland State University and, following a part-time job at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, began a 20-year career as a zookeeper, both at the Oregon Zoo and the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington. After working to save wildlife following the E...more
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