From the Grave
From the Grave

From the Grave


Monster or Die


216 Pages, 5.25 x 8

Paperback, $14.99 (US $14.99) (CA $16.99)

Publication Date: October 2016

ISBN 9781631630941

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A humorous story combining all the familiar monsters with a fresh and modern twist. 

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 monsterliest monster he knows, Frank looks to the grave and his dead grandmother to make his choice, entering into an adventure that will either seal his doom or prove he is truly monster enough.


"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 MacKnight, author, 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, Fenway and Hattie

"There is no doubt that kids would love this book especially if they are into monsters." —Linda Tonis, Paranormal Romance Guild

"Fun and fast paced filled with characters you care about." —Corabel Shofner, author, 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, the 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, 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, The Voyage to Magical North

"Frighteningly fun middle grade monster book! Nine to 12-year-old readers will love it!" —Jeri Baird, author, Tokens and Omens

Author Biography

Cynthia Reeg is an intrepid librarian who has ventured from behind the book stacks to contend with quirky characters and delightful dilemmas in her very own picture books and middle grade novels. While she has had her share of worldly adventures, she's mainly a Midwestern girl. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.