THE CRABTREE MONSTERS

by CHRIS WIELAND

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"The Crabtree Monsters is a hard-hitting, gritty middle-grade novel that grips readers from the very first page."

THE CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW

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THE FIRST KAT DYLAN MYSTERY

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Moving from Los Angeles to a small town in Michigan is the last thing thirteen-year-old Kat Dylan wants to do. Crabtree has seen better days and isn’t what you’d call welcoming. Worse, she and her little brother, Alec, have to live with her gruff Grandpa Nick, the town’s police chief.

Then Kat and Alec find themselves in the middle of a bank holdup by the Monster Gang—four robbers in monster masks. Afterward, Grandpa Nick goes to jail, accused of being one of the Monsters himself.

Kat’s determined to find out who the men are behind the masks, and she’s going to need help. But exposing the robbers could have big consequences. Kat will have to make tough choices, including some that are a matter of life and death.

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Coming Soon: "The Body On The Beach"

The second Kat Dylan mystery!

Life’s a mystery when you’re thirteen . . . 

And that’s before you try to solve a bank robbery.

 
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Chris Wieland

Chris Wieland is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. He is also the father of two fierce children, including a tough, smart tween who helped him find the voice of his protagonist, Kat Dylan. He lives in Southern California with his family. 

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Press

“Wieland has created quite the lively hero in Kat—a teenager with a crackling sense of humor who’s not afraid of a fight and has a talent for investigation . . . A funny, adventurous tale of a girl who turns small-town sleuth.”

 

—Kirkus Reviews

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“A hard-hitting, gritty middle-grade novel that grips readers from the very first page. . . . Smart, tough, and determined, Kat is a fantastic protagonist—easy to relate to and invest in. . . . An engrossing read.”

 

—The Children’s Book Review

 
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