The Book Gazette is hosting an excerpt from MG fantasy novel “Matt Monroe and The Secret Society”. We hope you enjoy the excerpt!
The clouds parted, and the moon shone through again, making it easier to find the rest of their clothes. As Matt zipped up his shorts, something exploded near the pavilion.
“Shake a leg, girls,” Chad yelled.
Matt groaned. “What a clown.”
Zach snickered and nodded. “But you have to admit—he’s loads of fun.”
“He’s cool one minute, and an idiot the next. Right now, he’s an idiot.”
Zach placed his baseball cap firmly on his head. “That’s Chad.”
What was that?
Something moved near the pond, maybe a hundred feet from them. As they watched, it stopped and stood motionless, as if trying to blend into the background. The intruder was husky and humanoid in appearance. It had two long arms and legs, and its body was covered in shaggy hair.
Zach whispered, “Do you see it?”
“Don’t move. Maybe it doesn’t see us.”
The bright moonlight lit the pavilion. Matt saw that the older boys were also watching the tall beast.
Zach started to breathe deeply. “I’m going to crap myself.”
Matt grabbed Zach tightly. “Slow down your breathing or you’re going to pass out.”
A pulsating, red globe appeared from behind the tall bank of trees near the pavilion. It swooped over the boys, and a white beacon of light seemed to disintegrate the large creature. The globe traveled rapidly over the pond, soaring toward Latrobe.
Matt stared at where the intruder had been standing. “What the heck just happened?”
“Beats me,” Zach said, standing there with his right leg shaking wildly.
“Now, that was bigfoot!”
The globe returned from the west. It swooped down and flew right for the boys. They took off running toward the pavilion. The globe flashed a white beacon, and two of the Bigfoot creatures appeared on the ball field. The creatures galloped across the field, chasing Matt and Zach.
Matt Monroe and The Secret Society
Author: Edward Torba
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy / Mystery
Matt Monroe and The Secret Society is the first book in a series about a fourteen-year-old boy and his friends. In this first installment, Matt puts aside his fears as he travels to a same-time dimension to fulfill a prophecy. The saga begins when Matt finds a set of mysterious wooden tablets and an onyx ring. Soon he and his older brother, along with five friends, find themselves transported to the world of Paragon, where they face numerous obstacles. This is an account of deception and betrayal, mixed with courage and the bonds of friendship. Prepare yourself for an exciting adventure with an extraordinary ending. The second book in the series, Matt Monroe and The Haunted House, continues the story of these courage young teens.
Edward Torba graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received a B.S. degree in biology in 1973 and a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1977. He has been a general dentist for more than thirty-six years, practicing in Latrobe [Derry Township], Pennsylvania. His lifelong hobby has been writing. Publications to his credit: The Magic Trip and Boys Club Guide to Youth Football.
Dr. Torba enjoys travel and reading when he has the time. He also has a great passion for gardening. His favorite author is Charles Dickens; one of his life goals is to pen a best selling novel that would be worthy of Dickens.
Author Website: http://edwardtorba.com
Publisher Website: http://allpointspress.com/