From the Grave

Juvenile Fiction

Paranormal / Humor

Available: October 18, 2016 | ISBN 9781631630941 | paperback | 216 pages | 5.25 in. x 8 in. | World (translation, audiobook, media rights) | $14.99 US (trade paperback), $7.99 US (e-book)
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From the Grave

Monster or Die, 1 of 2

by Cynthia Reeg

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Frank Gordon has never fit in with the other monsters. In a world where being terrifying is everything, Frank would rather stay neat and tidy. When the monsters pass a law to get rid of misfits like Frank, will he choose to become a monster his parents can be proud of? Or a monster that he can be proud of?

Monster is as monster does, but Frankenstein Frightface Gordon is totally the wrong shade of ghastly green—pale, baby blue, in fact—and he's more concerned with keeping his pants neat and tidy than scaring the pants off his victims. But when a new law is passed to rid Uggarland of misfits such as Frank, he must decide if he will become the monster his parents can be proud of or be the monster he can be proud of.

Trusting the most monsterly monster he knows, Frank looks to the grave and his dead grandmother to make his choice, entering into an adventure that most likely will seal his doom.


“There is no doubt that kids would love this book, especially if they are into monsters... There is also a lesson to be learned that different isn't always bad. I enjoyed this book but I have no doubt that it is mainly for young people who would absolutely love it.” —4-Star Review from Linda Tonis of the Paranormal Romance Guild

Frighteningly Fun Middle Grade Monster Book! Poor Frank is a misfit in monster land, preferring nice to nasty. When Uggarland passes a law to rid the misfits, Frank and his gang have to decide - stay true to who they are or conform. Nine- to 12-year-old readers will love it!” -Jeri Baird, author of Tokens & Omens

“There are lots of great themes and lessons here, particularly about how our society treats people (or monsters) who are outside of the norm, but they are drenched in monster pus and roars and hysterically funny things." —Wendy McLeod MacKnight, author of It's a Mystery, Pig Face!

“Young readers will laugh out loud, root for Frank, boo Malcolm), and wait with bated breath for these characters’ next adventure." —Victoria Coe, author of Fenway and Hattie

“Cynthia Reeg fulfills the promise by creating a fully realized and original world of monsters. From the Grave is fun and fast paced filled with characters you care about. Cynthia Reeg uses this whimsical world to tell a heartfelt story of not fitting in, of love and loss." —Corabel Shofner, author of Almost Paradise

“This book will draw kids in with its fun language and monster jokes, but it will capture their hearts with the truth about bullying and how to stand up for yourself and your friends. This is a must read for read for middle school kids and a must purchase for librarians." —Stephanie Bearce, author of Top Secret Files series

“Kids will love the little details and plays on words throughout the story, but also encounter some important ideas about being different, bullying, and being comfortable in your own skin." —Lee Malone, author of The Last Boy at St. Edith’s

“Truth versus blind obedience to rules, self identity versus the pressure to conform. The message never overpowers the story, and there's just the right blend of humour and peril to keep kids reading." —Claire Fayers, author of The Voyage to Magical North

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