ABOUT THE BOOK
Written by Chris Wieland
Ages 10+ | 384 Pages
Publisher: The Smart Aleck Press | ISBN-13: 9798985701302
Publisher’s Synopsis: Moving from Los Angeles to tiny Crabtree, Michigan, is the last thing thirteen-year-old Kat Dylan wants to do. Crabtree’s seen better days and isn’t what you call welcoming. Worse, the move means living with her gruff Grandpa Nick, the town’s police chief, and having to look after her little brother, Alec.
And that’s before Kat and Alec find themselves in the middle of a bank holdup by the Monster Gang—four robbers in monster masks. Before the heist is over, the kids lose their cash and Alec comes within a hair of losing his life. When it is all over, Grandpa Nick goes to jail, accused of being one of the robbers himself.
Suddenly, this boring little town isn’t so boring anymore. Kat’s determined to find out who the men are behind the masks, and she’s going to need help. But exposing the robbers could have big consequences. The deeper Kat goes, the more she learns life is about making choices, including some that are a matter of life and death.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chris Wieland is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. He is also the father of two fierce children, including a tough, smart tween who helped him find the voice of his protagonist, Kat Dylan. He lives in Southern California with his family.
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The Crabtree Monsters is a middle grade fiction book that is written by Chris Wieland. I read this book with my 11 and 9 year old sons, and we thought it was a great read. We meet 13 year old Kat Dylan. She has just moved to Crabtree, MI from Los Angeles and she quickly realizes it's night and day between the two towns. She and her younger brother, Alec are living with the towns police chief, who is also their grandfather. Kat finds out that the town is not all it's cracked up to be.
Before they have even gotten completely settled, Kat and Alec are caught in the middle of a bank robbery. One where their grandfather is arrested for being a part of it. Kat then decides she needs to find out who is behind the robbery. Kat and Alec are a hysterical brother sister team. The author did a great job writing their characters to be realistic to the readers. My 11 year old son laughed a lot at Kat and her wise cracks.
The book is well written. I as an adult even enjoyed it. My boys had no problem following along and wanted to share this book with their friends. Thank you to the author, publisher and Children's Book Review for allowing me to read a copy of this book.