Dysfunctional families are part of our modern reality just as much as global warming and pollution. Sadly, bullying, peer pressure, and feelings of angst and confusion are also part of how we experience life on a day-to-day basis. However, Erik Daniel Shein and Theresa A. Gates took all these things and combined them with fantasy-related elements, myths, and legends, and created a touching and inspiring story of pain, change, and joy.
“The Monsterjunkies: An American Family Odyssey (“Being a Normal Family is a State of Mind”)” is the first book in this series. This novel tells the story of a family and its daily struggles as its members fight against serious issues like bullying, abuse, and unjust labeling, as well as against everyday difficult problems and events (stress, a parent’s absence, parents/children conflicts, etc). The father, Talon, is a cryptozoologist who fosters unusual, rare creatures which he finds while traveling. The mother, Pandora, is a great wife for Talon and a caring mother for her children. Indigo, the daughter, considers that she shouldn’t talk about her family and about how and who they really are. Crow, the son, sees himself as an outsider, feeling that he has never truly become part of the town in which he grew up.
Things change completely for this family after Indigo and Crow make some new friends and ask for their parents’ permission to invite their friends over, so that they may see their home and all the wonderful things it hides.
“The Monsterjunkies: An American Family Odyssey” is a heart-touching novel about tolerance and acceptance. The authors said that each and every single one of us is a Monsterjunky, because we wear masks on a daily basis, be it at work, in school, or when we hang out with our friends. We must learn to go beyond the surface level, beyond the masks and the labels, and see people for who they really are.
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