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Cryptid Hunters Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 27, 2004

4.7 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Marty and Grace Series

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Grade 5-8–When their parents disappear, twins Marty and Grace, 13, are taken in by their Uncle Travis, who searches the world for supposedly mythical creatures. After a parachute fall from an airplane, the kids find themselves in the middle of the Congo, where a surviving dinosaur may still exist. While their conservationist uncle tries to rescue the children, an evil cryptid hunter who kills species rather than saving them pursues the creature. Marty and Grace each have distinct, if not terribly complex personalities, and their adventures are quite absorbing. The first part of the story moves fairly slowly as the characters and the concept of cryptozoology are introduced. Once the twins hit the jungle, though, things get exciting. Along with the atmospheric setting, narrow escapes, and ruthless villains, a couple of neat personal revelations are woven into the tale, affecting nearly everybody involved. Both kids show courage and ingenuity as they try to survive the wild and avoid being captured. Marty's photographic memory provides a vehicle for presenting many facts about the environment without detracting from the tale. Grace is more introverted as she conquers her fears and discovers a life-changing revelation about her past. With the intriguing plot and plenty of well-paced action, this novel has fine booktalk potential and makes a good choice for adventure fans.–Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
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Gr. 5-8. When twins Marty and Grace O'Hara discover that their adventurous parents have gone missing, they leave their Swiss boarding school and join their mysterious uncle, Travis Wolfe, on his island in Washington State. They soon learn that their uncle is one of the world's foremost authorities on cryptids (think Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster). Wolfe is scheduled to look for dinosaurs in the African jungle, and he plans to leave Marty and Grace in Europe before the expedition starts. Things go awry, however, when an accident plunges Marty and Grace into the middle of the Congolese jungle. Soon the henchmen of the evil Noah Blackwood are pursuing the twins. The action is nonstop in this well-paced jungle adventure, and Smith adds a deeper layer in scenes of Marty and Grace discovering truths about their complicated family relationships. Several loose ends suggest more cryptid-recovery expeditions to come. Todd Morning
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; 1 edition (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786851619
  • ASIN: B001QFY1U8
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,783,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NYT Bestselling author Roland Smith is a former Zoo Curator and Research Biologist. He has published more than twenty novels for young adults. He and his wife, Marie, who is also an author, live on a small farm near Portland, Oregon.

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A Kid's Review on November 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Grace and Marty are at a boarding school when they find out that there parents are dead. They are then forced to go live with there uncle Travis that they didn't even know existed. Uncle Travis lives on an island and he is big into crypto zoology.

On a trip to find the last living dinosaur on earth, they run into big problems. They have to fight to survive out in the middle of the jungle. Throughout there journey, Grace and Marty reveal some long hidden secrets about there Uncle Travis. Brave and daring, they end up leaving the jungle safely, with the bad guys left behind.

I really liked this book because it keeps you reading. You get to some good parts in the book and you don't want to stop. This would be a great book to come out with a sequel. Another reason I really like this book is because I really like adventure books, and this book is full of adventure.
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A Kid's Review on January 5, 2006
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Cryptid Hunters had a promising start with the twins, their mysterious uncle and adventure in the Congo. However, despite their parents' mysterious disappearance, the twins showed no anxiety or little curiosity as to their whereabouts or whether they were still alive. By the end of the book, the parents had been forgotten by everyone but this reader.

I thought Smith could have tied up loose ends and had an outstanding book, but as it is, I was disappointed by the weak finish.
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Roland Smith has again created a story with intriguing characters and a plot with surpising details and an unpredictable series of events. The O'Hara twins capture the reader's heart with their complex personalities and unique sense of humor. Their Unlce Wolfe is a strong and brave character who the twins depend on for saving them. I read this aloud to my 5th grade class and they begged for me to read more each day. Well worth the investment of time to enjoy a great story.
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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 personalities. The author does an amazing job with presenting them as being kids like any other kids even while they're very unusual and interesting. Marty has a photographic memory, loves extreme adventures, and is curious beyond his control--and often gets into trouble for that. Grace is very, very intelligent but with a healthy dose of phobias. Their parents go missing on a photo-journalism expedition and they're sent to live with their uncle on Cryptos Island. After a few adventures on the island, the two kids are accidentally parachute-dropped into the Congo where the excitement ratchets up to the point that you only breathe every third page. Mambas, dinosaurs, and leeches... oh my.

What stood out in this book is that while the kids were constantly getting into trouble or chaos--they were intelligent and recognition was paid to when they were disobeying the adults around them. Also, I genuinely liked these kids. As an adult reading kids' books, sometimes the characters annoy me. I just want to shake them and tell them to listen to the adults around them--especially when they put themselves in danger. I really liked Grace and Marty. Their personalities were fun and real and the relationship between them was really great to see in a modern-day book.
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A Kid's Review on December 7, 2005
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Cryptid hunters is an amazing adventure about two kids whose parents die and they have to move in with their uncle, who is a scientist specialing in crypto zoology. Grace and Marty read about sasquatch, yeti, and chupacabra in their uncle Wolfe's library. Then they find out that their uncle is going on a trip into the jungle to find a creature that is very dangerous. The most exhilarating part is when Marty and Grace are in the bottom of the plane when the doors open to let the cargo go. They fall out of the plane and fall thousands of feet on a crate with a parachute. It is an amazing adventure as they wander through the jungle trying to survive on their own. Eventually they are rescued and head home to tell the amazing story about the jungle. Marty is a wise young man who likes to play practical jokes on people. When his sister and he are in the jungle he leads them through it and grows up a lot. Not only does he love his sister but he protects her and also rescues her from a poacher. So in the end Marty is a brave young man who loves adventre. Grace is a short, young woman who faints when she is afraid. She is very tough in the inside and smart. She is very intelligant and knew all about the cryptids because she read books about them. She ends up being captured by a poachers/hunter and is smart enough to find a way to get away from him. Wolfe is an amazing crypto zoolologist who loves his work and his neece and nephew. He is tough on the inside and knows more than anybody else when it comes to crypto zoology. He is also very good at traveling and surviving in the jungle. I rate this book a five beacuse not only is it a thriller but it is also an adventure. Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down.

Isaac H.
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