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BBH McChiller is the creation of the minds of three authors:
Lynn Kelley worked as a court reporter for 25 years while she and her husband, George, raised their four little monsters. Her story, "The Jobo Tree" won her Highlights for Children's Author of the Month Award. She authored a picture book, Merry as a Cricket (WhipperSnapper Books), an ebook, Trio of Haunting Tales – Spooky Short Stories, a chapter book due for publication in 2012, Curse of the Double Digits, and is currently working on a young adult novel. She tries to keep her overactive imagination in check and is a big scaredy cat who's afraid to watch horror movies. She lives in Southern California. Check out her website at www.lynnkelleyauthor.com and her LynnKelleyAuthor channel on YouTube.
Kathryn Sant loves adventure anywhere in the world, and the more off the beaten path, the better. Over the years she has encountered bats in caves, alligators in swamps, wolves and bears in Alaska, parrots and macaws in the jungle, sidewinders in the sand dunes, llamas in the Andes mountains, and caribou in the Arctic, but never any monsters. Of all monsters, she would most like to write about the Yeti. She really enjoys working on the Monster Moon series and someday would like to see AJ and Emily come face-to-face with the Yeti. She has previously published a middle grade adventure, Desert Chase (Scholastic Books), and is currently working on two new middle grade novels. Most of the time she lives peacefully in Southern California with her three dogs.
Maria Toth lives in Southern California with her husband and their two spoiled dogs, Jack and Sally. Her favorite holiday is Halloween. She enjoys haunting bookstores in search of ghostly tales to share with her Reading Buddies at local schools. On any given day, you may find her reading epitaphs at historic graveyards. Maria has a background in journalism. She edited the kids’ pages at the San Bernardino County Sun. Several of her children’s stories have been published in the Los Angeles Times. Her middle grade historical fiction novel, Butterfly Hollow, will debut as an ebook in 2012. She is currently working on a book about the R.M.S. Titanic.
About the Illustrator - Greg Martin:
Greg Martin is a freelance illustrator who grew up on a constant diet of cartoons. His animation creations have been used by studios such as Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Warner Brothers, and Marvel Productions where he was key designer in the animation department. He is a graduate of the Art Center of College of Design in Pasadena, California. Mr. Martin currently resides in Colorado. Visit his website at: www.greg-martin.com
on June 30, 2012 :
Bottom line: Secret of the Haunted Bog is a wonderful, fast read for middle-grade students. Its short chapters and suspense will keep you turning the pages well into the night.
This is book two of the Monster Moon mystery series. This is important to note, since the cover and book description don't currently reveal that it's one of a series (update: the description now does include this detail). For the most part, this doesn't matter, but there were a few places where I wondered whether I missed vital backstory, such as the introduction of Vlad the Pirate Rat.
That said, the story was pretty much standalone, so don't let that stop you from reading this one. I haven't read the first book in the series yet, and I intend to based on this story. There's a ton of suspense and mystery in this book, with just a touch of paranormal influence that will raise your neck hairs.
This is a perfect book to read with your middle-grade student, or to let them read on their own. I look forward to reading the other books in the series!
(reviewed long after purchase)