2011
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The 1st in Robert Jay's Award Winning Series...

 

Winner of Literary Awards in Young Adult Fiction, Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Young Adult Mystery/Suspense

The first in the Carty Andersson series, this award-winning novel begins with the spirited main character leading her close male compatriots in The Crew on heart thumping mayhem through the Florida swamps in 1950.

 Deep in Morose Swamp, on the outskirts of the Everglades, Carty and her friends encounter the last descendant of a family chased out of Salem, Massachusetts by Seventeenth Century witch hunters.  The hag is being dogged by a nasty band of treasure hunters led by The Cuban, the cold, unemotional ex-Marine imbued with deadly focus and intelligence. 

The four teenaged members of The Crew are torn by their parents’ warnings to avoid the so-called witch's house and the chivalrous, protective impulses they feel despite their fears. 

Tucked inside the adventure is a fable about a unique alligator named Montooth whose presence in real life plays a key role in the story. 

Young adult readers will enjoy learning about lives of students in an era without television, cell phones, and iPods.  Older readers will recall with fondness many of the long gone or seldom seen products that appear, like Bab-O, DeSoto, and Moon Pies. 

Carty is a well-grounded and capable girl whom today’s teens can admire.  Her male friends, who comprise a trio of diverse backgrounds, share a bond of bravery, loyalty, and ability with her.  Though good is generally rewarded in Montooth and the Canfield Witch, and evil is usually punished, getting there is an arduous and frightening trip. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2nd of 5 in the Series...

Winner of Literary Awards and Honors in Young Adult Fiction, Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Young Adult Fiction/South East Region

The much-anticipated sequel, Montooth 2: Race for the Ryland Ruby, recaptures the spirit of the first book of this blockbuster series. The description, “crossover,” (authored for adults – embraced by teens) bestowed by the inaugural’s reviewers, continues wholeheartedly in Montooth 2.

 Fans of the award winning prequel, Montooth and the Canfield Witch – ranked #1 on the My Magazine for Girls Teen Book List – will delight in this action-packed second installment of five novels in the Carty Andersson series.

 

The teen friends in The Crew are back, along with two newcomers and many of the first book’s other favorite characters – at least those who survived the mayhem of the first adventure. 

 

Montooth 2 begins with Carty Andersson spotting the murderous Cruz Cruz in Havana where he is immersing himself deeply into Cuban pre-Castro politics.  Carty and Elena Rafferty, her Cuban roommate at Sarasota Preparatory Academy, embark on a harrowing pursuit of Cruz with help from an old friend.

 

Sally, the Canfield Witch from the first book, embraces her new persona and discovers a hidden family history involving a race through the wilds of mid-Nineteenth Century Burma in search of an enormous ruby from one of King Solomon’s fabled mines.

 

Sally’s treasure in Winter Free, including the priceless Ryland Ruby, is once again at risk – and leads to the discovery of the true character of two individuals from the first book.

 

As usual, Montooth the alligator and other swamp critters are involved in Robert Jay’s signature fable weaved into the primary story.

 

The novel develops from 1952 to 1954 when members of The Crew have moved on to high school.  Older readers will again enjoy remembering that era of their youth, and younger readers will marvel at teens surviving without television and cell phones.

 

Montooth 2: Race for the Ryland Ruby takes readers on an exhilarating journey with international flare.  The characters, old and new, will captivate fans quickly, and readers will relish in the characters’ quest for both adventure and belonging.