★ “The book’s emotional journey is just as enthralling as its physical one, blending well and evoking the works of Norton Juster and Jeff Smith. A compelling, imaginative, cathartic journey.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 “Perfect for fans of Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children or readers looking for a monster tale that’s not overly scary.”—School Library Journal

 “The perilous fantasy adventure moves the plot nicely along, while Charlie’s grief over his cousin adds realistic emotional stakes. Kids who love fantasies with meaningful substance will like this, too.”—Booklist

"Monsterland is a curl up with a cup of cocoa and sink into the pages book.  The fact it’s meant for middle-graders doesn’t make a whit of difference.  This is a wonderful book… sometimes even adults need a beautiful story of hope, acceptance, and friendship.”  - Sci-Fi & Scary 

"Bought it for my grandson, he likes it."  -- A grandfather ​​​

James Crowley is a writer and filmmaker. He lives in Austin, Texas and has been actively involved in the film industry for over 20 years.  

A graduate of the writing program at St. Edward’s University, Crowley started his film career in the locations department and went on to travel the world as a Location Manager and Scout on the movies such as Disney's HIDALGO, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA series, and TRANSFORMERS -Age of Extinction.

Disney-Hyperion Books published his first novel, STARFISH, in 2010. STARFISH won The Reading The West Book Award and was featured at TheTexas Book Festival.  

The Penguin’s Young Reader’s Group published Crowley’s second novel MONSTERLAND in the Fall of 2017 with strong reviews and he is currently working on his third novel, THE MIDDLE SCHOOL 3000

Crowley’s feature film debut as a writer/director, THE JOURNEYMAN, won the Audience Award at the 2001 SXSW Film Festival.​