One of my favorite authors is coming to the library, and I thought I might help you prepare. It's not for another couple of weeks yet, but that gives kids plenty of time to read the prequel to the book he will be talking about. This is not any kind of assignment, it's just for leisure and entertainment.
When twins Marty and Grace O'Hara's explorer parents' helicopter goes down in the middle of the jungle, they are forced to leave their boarding school in Switzerland to go stay with a distant uncle on an island outside of Seattle. The island seems to be full of secrets, and Wolfe, as their uncle likes to be called, doesn't seem too eager to share. They haven't been told much, but they have been told not to wander the island on their own, because apparently danger lurks.
Wolfe's house is so huge it even has a library. The library is full of books about animals that only exist in legend: the Loch Ness Monster, mermaids, Bigfoot. The twins are beginning to wonder if their uncle is crazy. Does he really believe in such things?
After being cooped up, Marty can't stand it any longer. In spite of his uncle's orders, he decides to just explore the island a little. After what Marty encounters on his little exploration, maybe Wolfe isn't so crazy after all.
To find out what Marty sees, and to experience some great adventure and suspense, read Cryptid Hunters, by Roland Smith. Mr. Smith will be talking about the sequel, Tentacles on Thursday, June 24 from 6 to 7:30 PM in the Community Room. This event is for students going into grades 4 through 12.