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Into the Shadowlands


Troll Malcolm McNastee and misfit Frankenstein Gordon—middle schoolers and long-time enemies—venture into the infamous Shadowlands to prove their monster worthiness. Soon they discover that the mysterious world between Uggarland and the humans holds horrors they never imagined, and if they make it out alive, they won’t emerge unscathed!

Format: Ebook
ISBN: 9781631631351
Series: Monster or Die, Jolly Fish Press
Tags:  Reading Level: Grades 3-7, Interest Level: Grades 3-7, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Juvenile, Prejudice

“In this tale of two monsters, seventh-grade troll Malcolm McNastee is on a mission to rid Uggarland of misfits, especially Frankenstein (Frank) Frightface Gordon. Much to Malcolm’s horror, Frank rescued Malcolm’s disgraced dad from exile. This unspeakable act could tarnish Malcolm’s true-blood troll reputation. On the other claw, Frank—a neat freak who’s never fit the normal monster mode—must quickly reform under a new Uggarland law. If he doesn’t, he could face exile—or worse.

Malcolm decides to regain his good-monster standing by leading Frank and a band of misfits into the dangerous Shadowlands—where many enter and few emerge unscathed. Frank and Malcolm must brave the Shadowlands’ perils, realizing that even if they make it out alive, their lives will never be the same.”

Copyright: 2017
Page Count: 200
Rights Territory: Worldwide
JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism

Cynthia Reeg, a St. Louis librarian, ventured from behind the book stacks to write her own books. While she’s had worldly adventures—fishing for piranhas in the Amazon, climbing the Great Wall of China, and whitewater rafting in New Zealand—she’s mainly a Midwestern girl. Cynthia enjoys tennis, hiking, reading, and hanging out with her amazing family. Learn more at

Reviews and Awards

There’s a little something for everyone here; suspense, adventure, a blossoming romance, and some truly corny humor from a two-headed gargoyle. — School Library Journal

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