TITLE: Attie and the Monster Book
GENRE: Middle grade/Magical Realism
A cursed book that Attie got from a strange family counselor sends her on a mission to find out why her siblings keep morphing into dangerous, supernatural beasts. If that wasn’t enough, she must also survive her parents’ childish behavior and looming divorce. OMG, her family might fall apart if she doesn’t hurry!
On that day in December my parents were yelling so loud I up and left the house. Just walked out the front door. No jacket or sweater or anything.
Sure, it was December, but it doesn’t get too cold in Texas, so I was fine. Only after I’d closed the front door and walked about twenty paces and could hear myself think again, I realized I’d forgotten my phone.
But I wasn’t going back.
So I walked a bit further, headed for the ravine. There’s a river down there, and it’s pretty cool. Plus, normally us kids aren’t allowed down there. But whereas mom and dad were inside yelling their heads off, I didn’t think they’d notice.
I saw my sister when I was about half way down the steep incline. She was at the way at the bottom, close to the river—where we are definitely not allowed—and she was hugging a tree. Kind of holding onto it with her full body, legs and all. I was going to shout out to her—say something about how she wasn’t allowed down there—but then I thought the way she was hugging the tree looked weird, so I moved in to get a closer look.
Bad news: the situation got worse.
The way my sister was hugging a tree looked weird because she had changed, morphed. I’m not kidding. Gracie was no longer human. Okay, sure, she was still my sister, but trust me when I say she was definitely something other than human.