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A Father-Son Monster Hunter Duo Must Save California From An Evil Villain…THE FRESH, DYNAMIC, NOT-TO-BE-MISSED MG FANTASY DEBUT
A fast-paced, action-packed adventure with an interesting premise.Booklist on The Monster Catchers
If there’s something strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna call? Buckleby and Son! When we think of monster catchers or even ghost busters, we don’t often think of a father-son duo saving California from goblins, seas monsters, fairies and trolls.
Behind a purple curtain in the back of a little store of eccentricities, trinkets and souvenirs lies a series of adventures. In this middle-grade fantasy debut, The Monster Catchers: A Bailey Buckleby Story by George Brewington [MacMillan, 2019], Bailey Buckleby and his dad Dougie can rid your home of whatever monster is troubling you—for the right price. Dougie offers Bailey a unique education in the lessons of monster catching and the importance of these creatures to their history. But when Bailey discovers that his dad has been lying—their pet troll Henry is actually a kidnapped baby sea giant—he begins to question the family business. Then, when a criminal mastermind puts everyone and everything Bailey loves in peril, it’s up to him to save his family and set things right.
In The Monster Catchers, Brewington weaves in lessons of friendship and morality with fun and quirky storylines to keep readers on their toes with cliffhangers at the end of each fast-paced chapter. Although a story about a boy who fights monsters with a Frisbee, Brewington dives into Bailey’s journey discovering who and what he believes in to ultimately find his true identity.
“I want my readers to love the characters and find them funny, but also discover that every monster and human has their own perspective,” says Brewington. “Monsters – or humans – shouldn’t immediately be assumed to be evil because they are different than us.”
The Monster Catchers is the best kind of middle-grade faery tale — it encourages readers to enjoy the story, and yet think beyond its pages. Fans of Dianna Wynne Jones, Douglas Adams and Lemony Snicket will gravitate toward this series, and will be so glad that they discovered George Brewington, a debut author we’ll certainly be hearing more from.
Read An Excerpt
In Bailey’s memory, he and his mother sat under his baby-blue blanket reading his favorite book—In the Shadow of Monsters by Dr. Frederick March—by the warm glow of a flashlight. His father may not have shared their enthusiasm for the doctor’s real-life monster stories and photographs, but that was okay. This warm moment was just for Bailey and his mom.
Dr. March’s photograph took up the entire back cover. He wore a weathered cotton explorer’s hat with a wide brim and glasses with thick tinted lenses that magnified a pair of wild, bulging eyes. His stories detailed wonderful legends, accompanied by sketches and photographs from the field that disproved the myth that all creatures that weren’t human were wicked and cruel. Like how the peaceful and artistic labyrinth-building minotaurs fled to Africa and then to the Americas to escape all the show-off Greek heroes who had hunted them to near extinction just to impress their fathers and girlfriends, and how brilliant mathematically talented Egyptian sphinxes built the pyramids with advanced technology but suffered an entire generation of mental illness when humans put cinnamon in their drinking water. And of course the giants, the first bipeds to walk the planet, before humans, before mon- keys, even before dinosaurs. Giants towered over the tall- est human buildings and were made of the core elements of the earth itself.
“Yes, my beautiful.”
“Some monsters exist and some don’t, right?”
“Yes, my sweetest of sweets.”
“So which are real and which aren’t?”
His mother smiled and her long auburn hair lightly brushed his face. If Bailey shut his eyes, he could still feel her hair on his cheek.
“It’s a difficult question, my everything. Some people lie. Some people might invent a monster to scare you and keep you from seeking a truth they don’t want you to find. On the other hand, someone might invent a story to con- vince you that a monster never existed, to trick you into thinking that sphinxes did not build the pyramids, or that the Grand Canyon was not created by the giant snakes of Teotihuacan, because monsters can be scary, and some humans would prefer not to believe the truth, even if it is right there in front of them. And it’s easier not to believe in monsters if no one believes in monsters, which is totally absurd but humans find lies comforting. Understand?”
“Bailey, some monsters are real and some are not. Some will try to eat you alive, and others will become the best friends you’ve ever known. Monsters come in as many varieties as people, and one day, if you decide to follow Dr. March’s example, you will go out into the world and see for yourself.”
Bailey stared at the doctor’s photo on the back cover. The eyes that looked into his were large and deep, like they had seen more of the world than anybody ever would.
“Mom, are mermaids real?”
“Yes, my perfect prince, and I pray you never meet one, because if you do, you will find her irresistibly beauti- ful, and you will adore her until the end of your days, which will come all too quickly as she tears your heart from your chest to eat it while you watch. Sweet dreams, my love.”
About the Author
George Brewington writes fantasy stories for both children and adults four days a week. The other three days a week he is a respiratory therapist at a hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. His short stories have been included in anthologies like Dark Magic: Witches, Hackers & Robots and Pick Your Poison. His first novel for young readers – The Monster Catchers – debuted on March 9th, 2019. The sequel – The Revenge of the Whiffles – arrives on July 14th, 2020. He is also working on a mysterious third novel, which is so secret and so strange and so scary, details cannot be revealed at this time. He lives in the marshes of Folly Beach, South Carolina with his family, surrounded on all sides by egrets, owls, alligators, and boo hags.
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