Curse of the Komodo was reviewed in the November 2018 issue of Story Monsters Ink, www.storymonsters.com a literary resource for librarians, teachers and parents.

The award-winning magazine was named among the “great magazines for kids and teens” by School Library Journal.

See Curse of the Komodo’s first magazine review on page 56. Reviewer Diana Perry wrote: “….This is the ultimate field trip nightmare…and young readers will be most entertained.”

Curse of the Komodo…

Not your average sci-fi adventure!

Though it looks like a simple action/adventure story, Curse of the Komodo is filled with deeper meanings and metaphors about values.

Joey R., a sixth grader from Troy, Michigan, did a book report on Curse of the Komodo and nominated it for the “Troyberry” award. (An award given by his school.) Joey wrote: “Since I have read this book, I have thought about what people really mean to me.” He added, “the boys (in the book) learned that having a brother is more a gift rather than a curse.” Joey closed the 2-page paper with this; “If you consider reading this, remember to be grateful for what you have. I certainly am!”


“A beautiful writing style draws young readers into this unique plot laced with valor, virtue, and humor. Curse of the Komodo is imagination and creativity residing comfortably with characters of reality. Readers will be waiting for the second book in this trilogy while forming fan clubs for their new favorite author.”

– Deanna K Klingel, author of Rebecca & Heart.


“Joey, my 11-year old son, is a reptile enthusiast! As we were reading Curse of the Komodo together, we made so many text-to-world connections between the story, his knowledge of reptiles, and our frequent visits to the Detroit Zoo and the Toledo Zoo. We can’t wait for 90% Human!”

– Randy and Joey Maddock, Troy, Michigan


“Curse of the Komodo” is a fun read for young adult readers as well as adults! Filled with animal facts and a spell-binding story, this book hooks readers from start to finish!”

– L. Burnham, Teacher, Toledo, Ohio


“The power of transformation is a strong message, in the boys learning about love and compassion for their respective brother and for their grandfather. The animals use their traits to fight for each other, and for good to win over evil. As well, the curse is in fact a blessing, for in animal form they learn what matters most in life.”

– Kathleen Marusak