Posted by: kidsbooksreviews | April 28, 2008

Cryptid Hunters, by Roland Smith

Crytozoology, the study of “mythical” animals like unicorns and Bigfoot, is explored in a fresh and exciting way in Cryptid Hunters. Twins Marty and Grace learn that they will be moving from their boarding school to their uncle’s home. Travis is a cryptozoologist, and he’s in a race to find a living dinosaur before his rival does. The children find themselves in the African rain forest, fighting for their lives.

Action is swift in this book, which makes it good for discussing plot, rising and falling action, and climax. The existence of cryptids could make for a lively classroom debate, as well as discussions on ecological topics such as species preservation and habitat destruction.

Controversial issues include some violence.

The reading level of this book is about fifth grade or higher.

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