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Cryptid Hunters (Marty and Grace #1)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  4,433 Ratings  ·  379 Reviews
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 December 27th 2004 by Disney-Hyperion
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Wendy Sparrow
Feb 19, 2013 Wendy Sparrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-mg
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
Sep 25, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Clara-ruth A.
Mar 18, 2014 Clara-ruth A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!!!!!!!!!!!

*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
Nov 27, 2015 Cara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very cool book. The story was fast paced, had good dialogue, and was intriguing.
Ashton Daniel
Apr 13, 2015 Ashton Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

In this book, the author uses a unique style of writing. In the book it periodically switches between different character's perspectives. I didn't like it at first but when you finally understand the author's way of writing, you'll like it. He had a good idea for the book and how it kept escalating and escalating until finally, BOOM, you get the bomb dropped on you your just like, What? And the way he introduced the characters is, perfect because something happens and then it switches, your jus
Marika Gillis
What a fun book!

Marty and Grace are twins who are sent to live with their uncle when their parents, who are world-renown photo journalists, go missing on assignment. Their uncle, a cryptozoologist, lives on his very own island and studies those animals that are only rumored to really exist (you know, like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster). When uncle Wolfe gets word of the existence of a Mokele-mbembe in the African Congo, plans change almost immediately. The kids must be returned to boarding s
Gaven Murray
Oct 07, 2014 Gaven Murray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing I had met Marty, Grace, Laurel lee, Uncle Travis and Dr. Blackwood. After their parents go missing Marty and Grace are shipped off to their uncle's the didnt know they had after Laurel Lee comes with an ancient dinosaur egg they find out that Docter Blackwood plans to capture the mother Mekebmbe and pin it in his trophey room now travis wants to go save her with the help of laurel lee. the catch is the children cant go. they dont give up so easy. I wish I could tell you mor ...more
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
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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May 07, 2008 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kyle K
Sep 01, 2015 Kyle K rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it had lots of action. the author has added lots of details. he makes you feel like you are watching a movie
Jan 16, 2011 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
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Maddie Smith
Jan 15, 2016 Maddie Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Cryptid Hunters" by Roland Smith is an amazing fantasy book full of action, adventure, and mysterious creatures.

After their parents are lost in an accident, thirteen-year-old twins Grace and Marty O'Hara are whisked away to live with their uncle Wolfe- an uncle that they didn't even knew they had. The intimidating uncle Wolfe is a veterinarian who has dedicated his life to finding cryptids- mysterious creature whose existence has never been proven. Just as the twins and their uncle are getting
This book is a very great book. The book is about adventure and discovery's. The only thing that I didn't really like is that you really have to pay attention because it tells about one thing and another but if you do pay attention then you will have no problem going through the book. The book really pops out of what to do in a very tense situation and what can you do about it for an example in the story its taking place in a jungle. The story is also about survival because Marty and grace live ...more
Zack Somerville
Aug 11, 2014 Zack Somerville rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cryptid Hunters is the first book in a series by Roland Smith to star Marty and Grace O'Hara as well as their Uncle Wolfe. It is an action/adventure book and if you are a fan of books like this it and the rest of its series is one of the best you can read. It is excellently paced and has a great deal of exciting action to keep you turning the pages. The story starts off just after Marty and Grace’s parents disappear in the Congo jungle. The pair has to go live with their Uncle, a mysterious hunt ...more
May 31, 2014 Monet rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Dominic Bradley
Great book for anyone who likes adventure. I first overlooked this book until I decided to reading it after watching Jurassic World and seeing the cover. I then read the back and noticed it was also about other cryptids like Bigfoot and the Yeti and I couldn't turn it down. The story about Marty and Grace is what kept me interested even after reading it. Also the fact that their parents had died and some mysterious uncle had taken them in. When Marty thought the Bigfoot had attacked him made me ...more
Mar 29, 2009 Nici rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Tessa Joy
Mar 04, 2015 Tessa Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After hearing news that their parents may be lost in the Amazon, Marty and Grace O’Hara are told they will live with their uncle, Travis Wolfe. Wolfe is a cryptozoologist, someone who studies legendary creatures to prove their existence. After Marty and Grace join him, Wolfe sees evidence of a Mokélé-mbembé—a small dinosaur—living in the Congo. But spies warn Dr. Noah Blackwood, a supposed wildlife expert, about Wolfe’s trip and he hires men to steal both the Mokélé-mbembé evidence and Grace. As ...more
Jan 13, 2016 Claire rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith was an average book in my opinion. The beginning of the book was more exciting than the end, and the plot seemed more interesting than the book. Although, there was some parts that got my heart pumping with nerves, and a family secret that was revealed at the end was unexpected. I loved the plot idea of finding a what was thought extinct dinosaur, but the book was more focused on the main characters (Grace and Marty, twins) dilemmas than the dinosaur adventure. Ro ...more
Jan 11, 2014 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I like most of Smith 19s books for their good action, fast paced & semi-believable thrilling adventures. Thirteen-year-old twins meet an uncle who has a cool job: hunting cryptids (those legendary, are-they-real? creatures like Yeti, the Loch Ness monster). Without too much information, the adventures take place in the Congo and involve a possible dinosaur and eggs; bad guys hunting the kids through vines, bugs, swamps; a pygmy; some cool techie devices invented to help track kids, animals, ...more
Jan 14, 2015 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Adventure, humor, heart, mystery: To me, this is an ideal book for a family read-a-loud. The children are definitely the central part of the story, but the adults in the story play just as engaging of characters-- very well-developed. I was a little off-put at the beginning as I sometimes bore of stories where children are just blessed with gifted abilities and that's what makes them successful in their storyline. However, the two main kiddos in this book were very likeable, portraying both stre ...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
Tanner Walling
Feb 14, 2016 Tanner Walling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cryptofiction
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Cryptid Hunters is centered around cryptozoology, the pseudoscience of the search for cryptids (Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, etc). The premise of this book is great, and the story is incredible. The characters are very interesting, and the plot moves along at a rapid pace. It was a very enjoyable read, and I recommend it to anyone who likes action, cryptids, and a little bit of science fiction. Even though it was published around a decade ago, the t ...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.
Jackson Chapman
Oct 02, 2014 Jackson Chapman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith is a unique book. The main characters Marty and Grace, who go to live with their uncle, go on an adventure into a jungle without anything except each other and some supplies. Their uncle looks for animals called Cryptids, animals that are thought to not exist. This book has a lot of action, like when the kids suddenly fall out of the plane. There are also some mysteries involved later in the book, when the kids have to find the dinosaur egg. I think age ...more
To be honest, I don't really remember when I read this book exactly. I'm assuming I was in the range of 9-10, since I want to say I was at my last elementary school, you know, right before going into my district's "intermediate school". (Which is gone now from my school district, right after I went there for one year.) I know for a fact that I bought it from one of those Scholastic book fairs which were the shit when I was a kid.

Oh, and I remember the midway through point with the plane and them
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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
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