Stephanie Brockway, author
Stephanie Brockway collaborated with illustrator Ralph Masiello on her debut novel, The Mystic Phyles: Beasts. She grew up in Massena, New York, a small town on the Canadian border that often wins the distinction of being the coldest spot in the US. She is a magazine art director, a job that inspired her reverence for the marriage of beautifully crafted words and pictures. Stephanie lives in West Brookfield, Massachusetts.
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Ralph Masiello, illustrator
Ralph Masiello—affectionately known as 'The Icky Bug Man'—has illustrated several children's books including The Icky Bug Alphabet Book, The Yucky Reptile Alphabet Book, and The Flag We Love. His oil paintings are remarkably rich and realistic and bring to life the subjects of his books—be they bugs, flags, dinosaurs, or well-hidden messages and secret drawings.
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- Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year
- PSLA Young Adult Top 40, fiction
Presented as the journal of Abigail Thaddeus, this title is complete with drawings, snapshots, clippings, and maps. After her parents' deaths, Abigail has gone to live wiht her overprotective grandparents in a creaky old house in a very small town. She is picked on in school and is generally miserable, but her dull life gets a lift when she is visisted by a cat that carries mysterious messages. The messages contain assignments for Abigail; she is required to find information about the world's mythical creatures. She soon enlists the help of her sole friend, Charley. After a dangerous encounter with some poisonous bats, Abigail learns that her grandfather is the leader of a secret group that tries to control mystical creatures that actually exist in the shadowy corners of the world. Abigail's journal ends with the promise that more adventures will come, which will be good news for readers, who will finds this effort both lighthearted and suspenseful.
ISBN: 978-1-60734-310-3 PDF
Page count: 144
6 x 9