Monday, December 5, 2022



Atticus Everheart, Fifth Grade Tutor, and Monster Hunter?

by C.L. Colyer




:   Middle Grade Action Adventure






Nothing frightens Atticus Everheart more than monsters, thanks to his older brothers, who often threaten to feed him to the beastly creatures.
Fearing that’s what they will do if he doesn’t replace the book he accidentally ruined, he takes a job tutoring a boy in his neighborhood.

Although nervous about the job, Atticus soon discovers there’s a lot more in store for him than teaching. Never in a trillion years would he have imagined he’d be hiding from monsters, working with ghosts, or searching for werewolves and witches. He’s not brave, and he has no plans to change.

Until he’s forced to.




Excerpt One:


“These came for you,” said Abigail, the oldest of his younger sisters. At eight, she was already smarter than him in many ways. She turned the envelope upside down over his bed. A pair of prescription, steampunk- inspired goggles tumbled out. Still ignoring Atticus’s prior demand, she settled on the window seat.


“I thought they’d never get here!” His previous statement forgotten, Atticus sat up and took off his glasses. He then slipped the leather strap of the goggles over his head and pulled to tighten them to a perfect fit. He raised his chin, wise and prepared, able to spot danger in a single glance.


“How do I look?”


“Like a weirdo.” Abigail pulled her honey-brown hair into a high ponytail. “Or a praying mantis.”


He should have known she wouldn’t recognize functional accessories if they stared her in the face.


“Did you have to get green frames?” she asked.


“I like green.”


“I think you look smart,” said Evie, the youngest of the Everheart children. She was a miniature version of Atticus, from her curly brown hair, round cheeks, and scrawny arms, right down to her bulbous big toes and curious nature. “Why are there round thingies sticking out from the side?”


“Those are monocles.” Abigail opened the newspaper to the comic section. “They magnify things.”


“These aren’t ordinary monocles,” said Atticus. “I can’t believe you think I’d want goggles if they didn’t do something spectacular. I’ll have you know these are the most advanced pair of monster-seeing goggles available, able to cut through the mundane to reveal beasts and demons, ghosts, and goblins.” At least, that’s what the ad had said. Atticus flipped down the crimson lens. “This one’s for flesh-eating monsters.”


“Oh, they’re way cool!” Evie inched closer and asked, “Do you see any?”


“Yes!” Atticus lunged forward and grabbed her, tickling her waist.




Review: For Atticus, according to his older brothers, “[he] ruins everything [he] comes into contact with.” If Atticus didn’t stop touching their things, he would be fed to the monsters outside. But his compulsive reading habits drew him back for his brother’s book copy of Sherlock Holmes. He just had to know how it ended for the magnificent hero. But then a page is accidentally torn from the autographed copy of Sherlock Holmes, putting Atticus in major trouble. Oh no! Solution: buy another rare copy from a bookstore. But with what money? The money he’ll make tutoring. Sounded like a good idea.

Mystery, adventure, and no monsters were the things he liked. How much trouble could he get into with tutoring? Who could’ve known that he was going to work in a monster house?

Story had an easy narrative with drawn-out detail that can slow down the pace. The detail is very descriptive in an amusing way, but it is long and does take some time to get through. For instance, Atticus doesn’t meet Drago, the boy he was to tutor, until the end of Chapter 5. Until then, we get all the details on the monster house.

Afterwards, most of the narrative revolved around lesson plans, which made sense since Atticus was the tutor, but it wasn’t too compelling to read. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Yes, there was some mystery and adventure, but they just seemed watered down in this book.

Overall, this was a fairly nice read. 


Rating: 3 stars


AUTHOR Bio and Links:


C.L. Colyer found her love for writing in first grade when her class was sent to the library and asked to find a book for their first book report. While she doesn’t still have this book report, she’s very proud to say she got an A on it. Her favorite thing about the book was that it had no words. That’s right, not one! That gave her the freedom to interpret the pictures in any way she wanted and write her own story.

This sparked her love for writing essays. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she sat down and penned her first novel. This story has a special place in her heart because it’s the story that helped her discover her passion for writing. She has since written several books, many of which may never see the light of day, but all of which helped her learn to combine her passion for writing with her fascination with all things mythical.  You’ll find examples of this in her novels.


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  1. I enjoyed the excerpt the book sounds like a great read.

  2. Great excerpt, Atticus Everheart, Fifth Grade Tutor, and Monster Hunter?, sounds like an excellent book for me to share with the kids! Thanks for sharing it with me!

    Thanks for sharing your review, Sandra!

    Have a happy and successful New Year!

  3. Such a fun and intriguing book cover!! I really like it!!