Book Excerpt from Matt Monroe and The Secret Society


The Reading Guru is happy to host an excerpt today from a MG fantasy novel called “Matt Monroe and The Secret Society”. Enjoy the excerpt!

Book Excerpt

                The golden glow of twilight spread over the lush countryside, magically painting trees and other plants various shades of orange and yellow, signaling the end of another workday. All seemed well in the tiny farming community. However, something was out of place; three large, eerie red lights hovered only a few feet off the ground in the middle of the cornfield.

            Because of the high humidity, an inversion formed over the valley. This caused a thick fog to hang low in the fields of the Monroe Farm as fourteen-year-old Matt Monroe pulled the tractor into the barn. The smell of fresh hay filled the air.

            Matt parked the John Deere in its place and was greeted by loud mooing from two of his favorite milking cows. He gathered some of the newly reaped hay and fed it to the noisy, oversized animals. His mother had always said he had a special way with them. Matt thought about it and laughed to himself, watching the Guernsey cows fight for the sprigs of hay he had just tossed their way, then he turned to leave the barn.

            Something moved to his right. What was that? Matt could have sworn he saw a shadow.

            “Who’s there?” he asked. No one answered.

            The livestock weren’t spooked, so he chalked it up to heat exhaustion. However, when he closed the barn door Matt saw a ghostly figure standing in the fog only a few yards away. It looked like a teenage boy who waved to him, beckoning him to follow. Matt rubbed his eyes and just like that, the mysterious figure was gone.

            “Maybe Mom’s right. I should slow down. I hope I’m not getting a fever. She’ll flip out.”

            He looked across the field toward the farmhouse and saw the red lights. They pulsated, but gave off no sound.

About The Book

cvrTitle: Matt Monroe and The Secret Society

Author:  Edward Torba

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy / Mystery

Matt Monroe and The Secret Society is the first book in a series about a fourteen-year-old boy and his friends. In this first installment, Matt puts aside his fears as he travels to a same-time dimension to fulfill a prophecy. The saga begins when Matt finds a set of mysterious wooden tablets and an onyx ring. Soon he and his older brother, along with five friends, find themselves transported to the world of Paragon, where they face numerous obstacles. This is an account of deception and betrayal, mixed with courage and the bonds of friendship. Prepare yourself for an exciting adventure with an extraordinary ending. The second book in the series, Matt Monroe and The Haunted House, continues the story of these courage young teens.

Author Bio

01Edward Torba graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and received a B.S. degree in biology in 1973 and a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1977. He has been a general dentist for more than thirty-six years, practicing in Latrobe [Derry Township], Pennsylvania. His lifelong hobby has been writing. Publications to his credit: The Magic Trip and Boys Club Guide to Youth Football.

            Dr. Torba enjoys travel and reading when he has the time. He also has a great passion for gardening. His favorite author is Charles Dickens; one of his life goals is to pen a best selling novel that would be worthy of Dickens.


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