- Series: The X+Y Files (Book 1)
- Paperback: 198 pages
- Publisher: Canusa LLC (May 8, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0990417913
- ISBN-13: 978-0990417910
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,372,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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MONSTERS and MIRACLES: Case #1 (The X+Y Files) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 8, 2014
"Maybe You Should Talk to Someone" by Lori Gottlieb
"This is a daring, delightful, and transformative book." ―Arianna Huffington, Founder, Huffington Post Pre-order today
About the Author
Wayne A D Kerr was born and raised in Canada, but has lived in the United states for the past twenty years. When not writing or reading, he is most likely hiking, biking, or playing tennis.
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We've all imagined how exciting it would be to have an alternate life. In this book, we discover a world under our own, and see how the characters overcome their fears to embrace it.
This should be the beginning of a long and successful series.
Wayne Kerr sets the stage with a mystery reminiscent of the " X Files" that takes Xander and Yzzie into a bizarre new world inhabited by creatures considered monsters by humanity; but for a baby lost in a airplane crash they provide a miracle. Although Yzzie is skeptical at first about legends of the paranormal and doesn't want Xander to voice his belief in otherworldly phenomenon, she soon begins to accept the unbelievable.
The plot is inventive and fast-paced keeping the reader riveted from the first page to the last. I loved the illustration indicative of each new chapter and the cover which lends a dark, mysterious foreboding. Yet woven into this skilfully crafted story are compelling elements of friendship, family dynamics and acceptance.
The characters like the plot are well-developed and realistic like Xander Bookman the brilliant seventh grader who's overly protected by his mother after the death of his father and who conceals his loneliness in reading and playing electronic games. In comparison Yzzie Anderson, his athletic cousin raised by a loving aunt and uncle after the death of her parents has been allowed to handle new experiences like camping alone. She's a happy, down-to-earth, and inquisitive pre-teen who finds it difficult finding anything in common with her more reclusive cousin. As a result of their adventure Xander and Yzzie will never see the world in the same way again, their bravery and acceptance of oddities making them a formidable team. In this story Amaressa like her brother Ahtoomy are the expressive, friendly and intelligent So'Yokos who highly value family and friendship. All these personalities add spice, power and excitement to a tale where "truth defies imagination."
I thoroughly enjoyed this intriguing adventure which will keep pre-teens captivated, and look forward to reading the next book in a series.
I loved the colour theme on the cover of the book, which indicates a presentiment of risk and peril.
This book is a very interesting chronicle of the adventures of Xander Bookman, an intelligent seventh grader. Xander is a loner and is shunned by his schoolmates, who are wary of his "alien sightings", also causing Xander to be sent away by his parents to his uncle's ranch. Alone and feeling lost, Xander is listless about the prospect but when he realises his cousin Yzzie is missing. He sets off on a quest to find her and finds himself in an incredible journey that takes him through a fearsome laybrinth and makes him befriend the most unusual comrades he could have hoped to find! Even the disbelieving and skeptical Yzzie soon finds herself being in awe of the paranormal occurences around her.
As the author promises, "Truth does defy imagination" in this book that is sure to engage the curiosity of all minds alike. Although a book primarily targeted for pre-teens and teens, the book, I am sure will prove enjoyable for book lovers of all ages. The plot is gripping, doesn't slacken and the author manages to keep the narration flowing. Although more inclined towards being classified a paranormal adventure, the book has fulfilling moments of drama, friendship, self-realisation and other such elements. I love the characterisation and the reclusive Xander, cleverly masking in loneliness and longing, is sure to stay in the mind long after one has finished the book. Making up the perfect foil character for him is the happy and bubbly Yzzie. These two make an adorable team and their conversations make for an engrossing read.
I certainly enjoyed reading this book and found it fascinating and absorbing.
My rating for this book: 5 stars
Think “The X Files for kids” and then you’re almost right. Monsters and Miracles offers a story that will appeal to both boys and girls, and middle schoolers as well as an older audience. Even as an adult, I was surprised by the many twists and turns I could find in this gem of a book. The writing started out a little slowly, but quickly found its grounding, and then started moving at a faster pace.
Imaginative and creative, this book is a great start to a brand new middle grade series and manages to catch the right tone for middle graders. I look forward to reading the sequel. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.