The Terrible Churnadryne

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Little, Brown, 1959 - California - 125 pages
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When Tom and Jennifer see a mysterious shape on San Lorenzo mountain, they decide it is a monster known as the churnadryne.

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The Terrible Churnadryne is a wonderful suspense novel for children, telling a story of children and adults searching for a mysterious creature that has taken temporary refuge in a cave near the ocean. The core of the story is about legends and human perception -- sort of a Loch Ness monster tale in the United States. There is minimal violence (told in third person), a delightful explanation for the name "Churnadryne" and a wonderful payoff at the end of the book, keeping up the sense of wonder for the main characters. I remember reading the book in the 1960's, and wondering why there were no photographs of sea monsters in the next two issues of Life Magazine! I am glad to know that this wonderful book is still available. -- Winston A. Howlett, co-author of "Flight to the Savage Empire" and "Wulfston's Odyssey" 

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The Children Are Warned
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The Picture on the Wall
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The Fury of Mrs Larkin
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