Synopses & Reviews
After their parents are lost in an accident, thirteen-year old twins Grace and Marty are whisked away to live with their Uncle Wolfe-an uncle that they didn't even know they had! The intimidating Uncle Wolfe is an anthropologist who has dedicated his life to finding cryptids, mysterious creatures believed to be long extinct.
"Readers expecting Jurassic Park style adventures may be frustrated by the small role exotic creatures play in Smith's (Zach's Lie) farfetched story. As the novel opens, 13-year-old twins Grace and Marty meet the uncle they never knew when their parents go down in a plane crash. Travis Wolfe, their uncle, is a reclusive 'cryptozoologist' who lives on the private island Cryptos and researches animals 'whose existence has not yet been proven scientifically.' Wolfe's archenemy, Noah Blackwood, a conservationist well-known for his animal theme parks (called 'Noah's Ark') and television appearances, is secretly a ruthless collector of rare species, which he then 'harvests.' Wolfe and Blackwood clash when an 'alleged dinosaur egg' enters the picture; matters worsen when Grace and Marty are accidentally airdropped into the Congo, and Blackwood turns out to be hunting not just the egg but Grace herself. Logic takes a back seat when a convoluted family tree begins to emerge (though the author plants a clue at the start, when he says of the twins, 'but you wouldn't know it if you saw them together') it turns out Grace is not only Wolfe's daughter but Blackwood's granddaughter (Wolfe married Blackwood's daughter), while Marty is indeed Wolfe's nephew. An abrupt action sequence on the last few pages leaves many questions unanswered and plot lines dangling. This unsatisfying journey is less about cryptids than it is about soap opera esque family intrigue. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A thrilling new adventure from the author of "Zach's Lie." When 13-year-old twins Grace and Marty are sent to live with their Uncle Wolfe, they find that their anthropologist uncle is obsessed with finding cryptids, mysterious creatures believed to be long extinct.
About the Author
Roland Smith is the author of Zach's Lie, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers; Cryptid Hunters; Thunder Cave; Jaguar; The Last Lobo; and Sasquatch. He lives outside of Portland, Oregon, with his wife Marie, who also writes children's books.