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Sep 27, 2023

Matt McMahon is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate her spooky fun series of middle-grade novels called "Monsterious!" Matt tells us these books are not just for kids; they can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. He believes that these novels offer engaging stories and important life lessons. The series consists of spooky monster mysteries, with each book being a standalone adventure featuring a unique cast of characters. McMahon's London-based illustrator, Ryan Cookfall, has created captivating cover artwork for the series. McMahon highlights the rapid release schedule of the books, with the first two launching on the same day, followed by the third a few weeks later, and book four due in January 2024. Aditionally, he exclusively reveals that a fifth book will be released in the fall of 2024. McMahon discusses how his vision for the series led him to choose an anthology-style model, where each book is tied together thematically but can be read in any order. He believes this approach offers readers the flexibility to enjoy the books in a way that suits them. He also emphasizes that these books help readers confront and conquer their fears in a safe and enjoyable manner. He describes the first two books in the series: "Escape from Grimstone Manor," where three friends discover monsters in a haunted house amusement park ride, and "The Snatcher of Raven Hollow," where two friends must rescue babies from a monster responsible for their disappearance. McMahon teases the plot of the fifth book, set in a unique biosphere, where the line between monster and human is blurred. Lastly, McMahon expresses his hope for the series to continue beyond the initial four books, with the potential for more spooky monster mysteries in the future. In conclusion, Matt McMahon's "Monster Serious" series offers a thrilling and accessible middle-grade experience that is sure to captivate readers of all ages.

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