Cryptid Hunters

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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.

Twins, Grace and Marty, along with a mysterious uncle, are dropped into the middle of the Congolese jungle ...

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Overview

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.

Twins, Grace and Marty, along with a mysterious uncle, are dropped into the middle of the Congolese jungle in search of their missing photojournalist parents.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
This fast-moving adventure novel reads like something from the 1950s-positioned halfway between Tom Swift Jr. and a Heinlein juvenile book. The protagonists are twins who seem nothing alike. Marty is a smart aleck, a fine athlete, and a wonderful cook. Grace, a genius, is afraid of her own shadow and has disturbing, possibly psychic dreams. When their parents are lost in a plane wreck in the Amazon, the twins are taken out of their boarding school in Switzerland and shipped off to Cryptos Island in Puget Sound, the home of their mysterious uncle, Dr. Wolfe. He is a super-scientist who specializes in the study of cryptids, creatures that cannot be proven to exist, like the yeti or the Loch Ness monster. Soon Wolfe and his loyal team are on their way to the Congo, racing to find the last living Mokele-mbembe, a smaller cousin of the brontosaurus, which has been rumored to have survived in Africa for centuries. When their chief competitor, the fabulously wealthy and definitely evil scientist and television personality, Dr. Blackwood, sends a team of thugs to capture the dinosaur for his own nefarious purposes, things turn desperate. Grace and Marty manage to fall out of an airplane and find themselves lost in the heart of the Congo with dangerous animals all around and Blackwood's thugs closing in. The unlikely plot is all great fun, although Mokele-mbembe, when it finally appears, is something of a disappointment. All in all it is an exciting but not particularly challenging read. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2004, Hyperion, 348p., Ages 11 to 15.
—Michael Levy
School Library Journal
Gr 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 Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When Uncle Wolfe takes them on a dinosaur hunt, orphaned twins Grace and Marty find themselves in a B-movie with email. When the twins' explorer parents vanish in the Amazon (to be found in the next book?), mischief-maker Marty and genius scaredy-cat Grace go to live on Uncle Wolfe's private island. Wolfe hunts cryptids: mythical creatures such as Yetis, Kraken, and Chupacabras. Though he doesn't intend to bring the children on his dinosaur hunt in the Congo, they arrive anyway, after falling from his airplane into the darkest jungle, accompanied only by a teacup poodle, a chimpanzee named Bo, and a high-end Gizmo complete with videoconferencing. There the children must reunite with their uncle, find the mythic dinosaur Mokele-mbembe, and avoid the minions of evil Dr. Blackwood. Luckily there are friendly Pygmies to help. And what is the deep, dark secret that has given Grace nightmares all her life-and what does it have to do with Dr. Blackwood? Enjoyably rollicking adventures are appropriately cheesy; the stereotypes, though equally fitting, are a bit much. (Fiction. 10-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786851621
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 67,390
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Posted September 30, 2014

    This story reminded me quite a bit of "Jurrasic Park".

    This story reminded me quite a bit of "Jurrasic Park". I wish there would have been more focus on the monster but I enjoyed the main storyline of the kids. The characters were interesting and well developed. Lots of action with twists and turns at every corner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    this book was awesome . its about two kid that started of as bro

    this book was awesome . its about two kid that started of as brothers and sisters and once their parents passed away they moved in with their uncle wolf. in a island full of animals believed to be extinct it was a mysterious journey full of adventure, roland smith sure does know how to make a reader curious enough to make them keep reading this is a awesome book you should read this to find out what actually happens

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    Boo yah

    Incredible ... That's all I can say

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    WOW!!

    Once the start the book, you into the world of two kids that don't have anything really. But once they reach there family member, things get interesting. its goes into a high paced action packed adventure that keeps you guessing on what could happen next. From dinosaurs to they yeti, be prepared to be astonished and just hope for the best for the kids. The book is great i definetly recommend it.

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  • Posted January 15, 2012

    Can't put it down!

    This exciting novel by Roland Smith is the type of book you just want to read over and over again! He really knows how to combine action, drama, comedy and mystery to bring together one fantastic story. Also through a variety of setting from secret islands to deep in the damp, dark jungles of the Congo in Africa. The many lively characters put the story in animation. I like how Roland Smith contrasts his two main characters, twins Marty and Grace, with Marty's comical, adventurous, devious, and somewhat Bart Simpson personality to Grace's, well, graceful, intelligent, and quite timid personality. It is almost of a foil characters-type situation. All in all, an amazing title with suspense, action, and a surprising ending that will have you wanting more!

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

    Awesome Book!

    I read the the book Cryptid Hunters and I thought it was very good. The author, Roland Smith, puts a great amount of detail into his books. At the beginning of the book, the author went through most of the characters and described all of them. He even gave the characters personalities. He didn't skip parts or anything like that, he told the story very well. Some of the characters changed throughout the book and some stayed the same. For example, Grace was really afraid of the outdoors in the beginning, but as the book goes on, she really doesn't mind it.

    Another thing that I really liked about the book was that the author split the book up into 3 parts. I think splitting the book up makes the book easier to follow and easier to read. After you read a part you know that is one scene. There were good and bad people in the book and that really made me want to read it even more. I recommend everybody to read this book. Overall I think the author did a great job and made the book great!

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

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    You must read best book ever!!!!!!!!

    This book is amazing it has adventure and excitement! It always leaves you oin a cliff hanger too. This book would be GREAT FOR KIDS like me :). Also it would be great for adults to. One character gets to learn about facing fears and thats great to learn for kids.ITS GREAT YOU HAVE TO CHECK IT OUTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2010

    I really enjoyed it

    The story draws you in. I couldn't put it down. If you like adventure this is the book for you.

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  • Posted March 18, 2010

    Awesome

    I had to read this book for school and i kinda had trouble concentrating on it but it was really good when i was reading it.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    My son was disappointed by the cover art, but loved the story.

    My son heard about this book from the librarian at school, who was going to order it for the library. I read the synopsis and purchased it for him. I read it first, and was a little worried about him getting scared during some of the island exploring scenes and by the character Butch. He was fine and loved it! He did wonder when he was going to read about the dino on the cover art. He has read depictions of the mokele-mbembe and he pictured it as an herbivore sauropod, so the sharp toothed guy on the front was not what he had in mind for the mokele-mbembe. I burst his bubble when I told thim that the mokele-mbembe is the only dino in the story.
    He is ready to move on to Tentacles!

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Elite!

    this book is super cool! from the plot 2 the characters to thrilling aspect, this is a great book that i couldn't put down. i've always loved roland smith and here he rewards the reader for choosing this book. it's great to share and is pkenty of fun, this book is 1 every1 will love

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  • Posted January 28, 2010

    My 12 year old son loved this book!

    This is a great book for kids. It has an exciting story that
    pulls in the reader right away. My son used to dislike reading,
    but this book, and other books by this author, have changed his
    mind. Highly recommended for kids that love action filled plots,
    and reluctant readers. I enjoyed it also.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Review for Cryptid Hunters

    This is a good book!

    It is about a girl named Grace and her brother, Marty. After their parents are M.I.A they are sent to live with their uncle, Travis Wolfe. They are there for about three days when their uncle recieves an urgent call from Congo. He can't take them so he wants to take them back to their boarding school in Switerland. He takes them on his plane and while their on the plane a chimpanzee goes missing. Then they get dropped into the jungle of Congo with no supervision. Grace and Marty get seperated and Marty tries to find her. They then go on a HUGE adventure and the second novel is out. It is called Tentacles.

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  • Posted November 5, 2009

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    Cryptid Hunters.... An amazing book!!!!!

    I boght this book at my book fair. i read it and thought i twas great. Roland Smith is one of my favorite authors, and a cannot wait to read the sequel "Tentacles"!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2009

    Awesome!

    i thought this book was awesome. i hope that some day Mr. Smith will make a sequel. that would be nice. Enjoy.

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  • Posted March 1, 2009

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    I LOVE ROLAND SMITH!!!!!

    OMG! Roland Smith has got to be my favorite author!! In Cryptid Hunters you're takin to the unknown regions of the Congo, searching for something that's deadly, hidden, snd possably dead. 13 year-old twins Grace (a quiet, shy, tiny, faintly girl)and Marty (adventerous, cook, artist, animal lover, and trouble-maker) find out their traveling parents dissapear in a freak helicopter accident and are no where to be found! Their Unlce Travis Wolfe (Wolfe) takes them to his private island, Crytos, and they discover their uncle is a wack. He belives in the Yeti, Nessie, and yes....dinosaurs! A mysterious women appears on Cryptos with news. She has found the legendary Congo dinosaur egg that Dr. Blackwood(aka EVIL) is trying to get ahold of! Can Wolfe and Laurel save it!?! Well Marty thinks he and his sister get to go along to, but instead their uncle thinks it best to send them back to their boarding school. On their privet jet back to the twin's boarding school, Marty, Grace, Bo(an ape), and PD(a teacup poodle) literally drop into the Congo. Can they survive until Wolfe comes to rescue them? Will Blackwood catch up? Will they find the egg's parents? Are Grace and Marty even siblings?
    Find out in Cryptid Hunters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    BEST BOOK EVER!!

    I LOVE This book and agree with a lot of what the Review called " OUTSTANDING " said after I read sasquatch another one of his books I wanted more so I went to the bookstore and finally found this book I read and read until I finished And hope that he might just come up with a sequal or another outstanding book about Cryptids! (from my 10 yo daughter)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2008

    OUTSTANDING!!!!

    This book was by far the best book I have ever read because I dont really like reading and usually cant get into a book but right from the cover I had a feeling it would be good and oh man was I wrong it by far past good. It was so interesting that i stayed up all night until i finished it and I wish or hope that there will be a sequel to it cuz i would love to hear about what happens next. The description of everything gave me such a vivid picture of what was going on there is almost no need to make a movie, but I have a feeling that if they did it would be one of the greats' compared to most. I liked the back and forth between situations, which helps a lot to know what exactly is going on which makes me love the book even more. There has never been a book that I have read that I was so anxious to find out what happened next that I had to finish it all at once. I recommend this to anyone and everyone because it is so interesting with everything thats happening and there are so many big parts to the book that also make it great!! WOOOOO!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2008

    Outstanding

    This book is outstanding. It is filled with adventure. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    OMG

    i just got finished reading the book. i was so anxious to finish it. i stayed up all night reading. it was so interesting. the book kind of reminded me of jurassic park the movie. it was such a page turning book and i couldn't put it down. i have to say Roland Smith i an awseome writer and i would recomend reading any of his books!!!!! :'

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