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The Extincts

The Extincts

Veronica Cossanteli; illustrations by Roman Muradov

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George is looking for a job in order to raise money for a new bike, so when he sees a help wanted ad for Wormestall Farm, he goes for it. Before long, he's embroiled in a madcap adventure involving creatures both (supposedly) extinct and (previously thought to be) mythological, a new friend (a girl!), and a maniacal taxidermist who wants the animals of Wormestall Farm in her own private collection . . . stuffed, of course.

The Extincts by Veronica Cossanteli is an unforgettable adventure story that's just as funny as it is wild, and full of gorgeous illustrations by Roman Muradov of the story's dazzling fantastic beasts.


THE WEIRD STUFF all began with a handful of change.

I picked it up—a scattering of coins on a wet pavement—and counted it.

George Drake, it’s your lucky day! Three strikes at Bumper Bowl with Josh...

Praise for The Extincts

"Cossanteli creates a fantastical adventure of mystery and imagination, set in our own backyard." —School Library Journal

"Fans of unusual animals and mythology will enjoy this exciting mix of fantasy and realistic fiction, and Muradov’s swoopy spot illustrations make most of these cryptids and other creatures more cute than menacing." —Publishers Weekly


Reviews from Goodreads

Veronica Cossanteli; illustrations by Roman Muradov

Veronica Cossanteli is an elementary school teacher who lives with three cats, two snakes, one guinea pig, and a large assortment of lizards. The Extincts is her first novel.

Roman Muradov is an illustrator and cartoonist from Moscow, Russia, currently living in San Francisco. His work has been featured in the New Yorker, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and many other places.

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