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The Monsterjunkies, an American Family Odyssey.

(The Monsterjunkies #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Tucked away in a remote cul-de-sac on the Maine coast is a place where the strange is normal, and the bizarre, is everyday. This is a place, where, if you do not have an open mind, you will loose your mind in its reality and truths. This is the home of The Monsterjunkies, An American Family Odyssey.
Residing at this place, twelve year old Crow and his fourteen year old sis
ebook, 208 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by
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Trinity Irwin
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The MonsterJunkies book was quite a fun read for me. I loved Indigo’s character and the friendship she had with Winter. It reminded me a lot of the relationship I have with my best friend. I also enjoyed getting to see Crow’s growth throughout the book. He really matured and became a better person, and ultimately found his happiness when in the beginning he felt like that was impossible.
I picture Crow as an adorable bat. I know he’s human, it’s just how I see him hahahaha.

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Barbara Hodges
Jan 17, 2013 rated it liked it
The Monsterjunkies—An American Family Odyssey
Authors: Erik Daniel Shein and L.M. Reker
About the Book;
The Monsterjunkies are an American family. Twelve-year-old Cromwell, who demands to be knows as Crow, and his fourteen-year-old sister, Indigo are going through the normal teenage growing pains. Both want to be accepted for who they are. Their father, Talon, who is a cryptozooloigst.( I have to admit I had to look the word up. I discovered Cryptozoology is the study of el
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 bully
Betty Hoeffner
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished reading the paperback edition of The MonsterJunkies. It's a great book about these two seemingly misfit teens, Crow and Indigo, who live in what is perceived to be a spooky house filled with scary people and frightening creatures.

I couldn't put the book down as these two teens creatively take on the bullying and negative judgments that is thrown at them by their peers and adults. Crow and Indigo are great examples of overcoming the challenge of being our true selves.

In the authors
Paula Thompson
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This intriguing story is about a family living in a neighborhood and dealing with a community that fears and doesn’t understand them. The characters are interesting and very well developed. This story focuses on a teenage brother and sister who cope with everyday teen issues such as bullying, self esteem issues and aggression from people who fear them because they are different. The author did a great job of writing a fantasy story that is rooted in reality and the issues that teens face in toda ...more
Logic Boy
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I like books that I can identify with, even though my house is not near bizarre like this. You certainly will encounter some strange things with this Cast of Characters. Honestly, I often thought this is very believable fantasy! Reading this with my son was the ultimate thrill. We value books in our home and certainly have high regard for writing like this. Dealing with themes of acceptance, how to confront the ugly, head on and forging through with veins of steel by being you! Monsterjunkies ha ...more
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a fascinating world of otherworldly beasts is a coming-of-age story of profundity.

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 l
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Monsterjunkie’s aren’t your typical family. They live on an estate with “monsters” that Dr. Monsterjunkie has located throughout the world. The “monsters” are really extremely rare creatures, in some cases individuals. The estate has a reputation as being kind of odd. And if you’re a sensitive teenage boy like Crow, the youngest of the Monsterjunkie children, this reputation can be a problem at school. His older sister, Indigo, has a different personality so the houses reputation doesn’t aff ...more
Karen O'Sullivan
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book! I would be surprised if others didn't. This is no ordinary story. It uniquely captured my imagination. Indeed, "The Monsterjunkies" brilliantly reveals the lifestyle of a typical American family that has personal, emotional and social issues. In particular Crow and his sister, Indigo, seemed to be always faced with some deep inner issues which are influenced by external forces of which they have no control. Nevertheless, they were my favorite characters and my ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Crow Monsterjunkie and his sister Indigo live an isolated life on a seaside estate full of exotic animals. The story begins as both have reached emotional turning points. Crow wants kids to stop bulling him about his gothic style and strange parents. Indigo wants the whole family to become more social and accepting of outsiders. The novel is imaginative and full of interesting twists and turns. It focuses on the joy that comes into life when bullying and fear go out. Teens will enjoy reading abo ...more
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I don’t even know with what to start. Of course I don’t want to give any spoilers since this is a must read, but if I had to describe this book in only one word, that would be original. “The Monsterjunkies, an American Family Odyssey” is that kind of story meant to teach you something in a unique way and the authors make a great job in combining the fantasy with real problems, teenagers in real life have. Crow and Indigo are just kids from a not so normal family in a not so normal house, bu ...more
Chris G
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Monsterjunkies is a book full of character that’s strange and unusual in one way or another. The book takes place in around on their family estate in a remote coastal region of Foggy Point Maine.

The main characters in this story are Cromwell or “Crow” as he likes to be called and his older sister Indigo. They live at MJ Manor which is a Tudor style estate walled in by a stone wall decorated with creatures and other ornamentals.

Their father is one of the great characters; he is a monster hun
Suzanne Nielsen
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
I picked up this book and could not put it down. Every time I had to leave it I couldn't wait to get back to it again.

This book has everything: action, fantasy, a brilliant story line and awesome world building. I connected with the characters from page one, learning each and every one of them. Dr. Talon and Pandora were wonderfully created. Rutherford Grimes, the villainess bully had me cringing and I found myself loving to hate him.

The plot is well written and it is in typical fantasy style, b
Deea Neagu
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Being a Normal Family is Just a State of Mind"

I will need to start with this: “The Monsterjunkies, An American Family Odyssey” is a must read for all the children. 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 mos
Mary Nickum
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 f ...more
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book had me right from The Authors Note. The author, Erik Daniel Shein, gets you pondering right from the get go about who you are with your mask. Very intriguing indeed.

Right away you are put into a world I wish we lived in where animals can tell you what they are thinking and saying to you.

This book is very imaginative and I've never read any book like it before. A family that is different has children that are bullied in school. With the help in learning how to deal with bullying I thi
Ken Berglund
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well-written, quick read that centers around a rather unusual family, The Monsterjunkies. To call them a modern day Addams Family is a bit of an understatement. They are definitely weird, and you can see shades of "Edward Scissorhands" and even "Harry Potter" within this story. How do unusual kids fit in a world where you must "conform or be cast out"? The authors have created very memorable characters, particularly with its two teenagers, Crow and Indigo, and how they face the bu ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A definite page turner and delightful read. The way you designed the bullying thread was well crafted. I gave out an aha when I realized that even the supernatural creatures you house at M J Manor were bullied by nature of their being hunted to extinction. You had me mesmerized all the way through the book. I loved learning about how gathering DNA from bird egg shells might just bring back extinct species such as the DoDo bird. And the way you painted a picture of the sea serpent was romantic to ...more
Crystal Peterson
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed The Monsterjunkies, it was an awesome surprise to come across a great story with a talented author behind it all. If you like believable fantasy, adventure, a positive message behind, and lots of humor: then this book is for you! (And me!) We follow Crow and Indigo, a rather dark set of siblings who are dealing with the stresses of bullying. I really liked how realistic the whole story was, and with that, a great message for those growing up and dealing with the regular problems ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Monsterjunkies,an American Gamily Odyssey by Erik Daniel Shein is fantastic read. Not only does this have everything you want when looking for great Fantasy Fiction novel, it also has some pretty cool and crutial life experiences (Sadly enough bullying is a serious matter). I loved the characters, some more then others (cough*Rutherford J. Grimes III*couch), I still wouldn't change anyone of them. Each character had a crutial part in the story, that's what made it so brillant. Even Inky, awe ...more
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quirky characters always capture my attention and I enjoyed this book. I feel this book fits into the fantasy and drama genres easily. I enjoyed reading the story about a family with two teens who are both attending high school dealing with the difficulties involved with battling with bullies. They are perceived as different because of the way they dress and act which casts them immediately as outcasts in their school. The book covers to the paths they take to solve the bullying problems they de ...more
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish this book was around when I was a kid. But I am glad it is around now!
Being young can be overrated. Kids have to deal with so much nowadays. Bullying is one of the hot topics on many talk shows and news programs. Monsterjunkies, An American Family Odyesy addresses this issue head on and in a non-Afterschool Special sort of way. In other words, the book is realistic and not corny. It is very funny and not preachy at all. Monsterjunkies is for anyone, young, old, or in between who has ever
Anne Walters
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a brilliant and unique book. The Monsterjunkie's are not an ordinary bunch, they live with monsters. It is a very unusual family! The author of this story explores the teenage issues of bullying and self esteem through believable fantasy. It is a great way to connect to the reader and convey the theme of acceptance and adjusting to the bad parts of growing up. It is a story of told through quirky and well thought out characters who mirror the anxieties of ordinary families.

Highly recom
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a compelling and creative book. Not only does the author write with style and humor, but also the underlying story line touches on real issues like exclusion and bullying. From my experience working in schools with kids, stopping bullying is tough because it involves instilling characteristics like empathy, integrity and inclusion. Sometimes the best way to teach someone is to disguise the lesson as something else. Kudos to the author for writing Monsterjunkies because the book tackles a ...more
Conrad Jones
This is the addictive tale of the weirdest family in the world. Brilliantly descriptive, the authors paint their strange world in vivid colours making their tale believable and engaging. The novel deals with the daily issues faced by teenagers but in an intricate way drawing the reader into the plot-line. Empathy and sympathy is extracted as you read on through this Addams Family style world. This is a well written tale with a message running behind it. Brilliant, give it a try!!
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! It's about a modern day Adams family of quirky characters who are experiencing the same problems as many modern day teenagers. The storyline and characters especially are well done and amazingly likable. The story is unlike any other I have ever seen. I was really impressed with this book and I plan on giving it to my daughter. Get this hidden gem before everyone else! Highly recommended.
Jane Geddis
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, young-adult
A novel of interesting character and conflicts, a brother and sister who want different things, or in a way the same thing, acceptance. The brother, Crow, by getting kids to stop bullying him, and his sister, Indigo, by getting her isolated family to open up. Even though it has a definite theme it's still a fun read with the family caring for strange animals which come with many quirky moments. If I said it's the Addams Family meets Dr Phil, I wouldn't mean that in a bad way.
Susan Davis
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Got the paperback in my stocking and this was my favorite gift! The supernatural characters really came to life and made this a page-turner. Creative plot, dynamic characters, popping imagery and relatable issues. Highly recommend this for all ages.
Derek Royal
We discussed this as part of our Halloween show this year, Strong on moral message for young readers.
Paul Seneca
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The theme of teen self esteem is covered very well. I love that bullying is tackled as well, all in very modern day "The Addams Family" type plot.

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Erik Daniel Shein was born Erik Daniel Stoops, November, 18th 1966 He is an American writer, Pet enthusiast and animal health advocate .

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