Darby Karchut
Darby Karchut                   

Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms.


When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words.

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Supernatural monsters, talking war horses, and a heritage like no other!

Matt Del Toro and his family must saddle up and save their friends and town from a growing horde of creepier than creepy creatures.



What Folks Are Saying:


"It's laugh-out-loud funny, but there's also a ton of suspense and a surprising amount of sweetness. . .constantly compelling and excellent. If you (or someone you know) loves excellent middle grade stories, snag this one."     ~ KellyVision


"If you love contemporary middle grade fantasy, but are looking for something different from what you've seen before, this is the right book for you.  I will be happy to have Matt and his story of growth and family in my classroom so that he can reach into the hearts of our children who need that feel-good message the most . . ."   ~ Vi F. (Educator, Texas) 


"The characters shine in this book from the talking Andalusians each with distinct personalities, to the family dynamics between a single dad, big brother and little brother . . . I have never before seen a children’s fantasy book that has not only one Hispanic main character but a whole magical family that the story revolves around. I really find it refreshing to be able to read something with my kids where the characters are simply heroes and not defined in any negative way by their heritage. Instead, they find pride in it."       ~ MinMex Reads


"Karchut has written an exciting book that I think will speak to many students. I will be adding Del Toro Moon to my classroom library, and offering it asa “book club” option in our Monomyth Unit."   ~ Zakia J. (Educator, Massachusetts)


"Del Toro Moon is an action-packed story. . .I really liked Matt, he wants his father and brother to take him seriously and despite being new to the task of hunting monsters, he really wants to show he has the skills to make a good fighter. It's not easy being the youngest, having a father who is a legend, and a family history to live up to . . . a wonderful story."    ~ Log Cabin Library


"As I followed the Del Toro family through their good times and bad, I laughed, I cried, and I fell in love. The author has a magic touch when it comes to creating characters . . . I was not ready to let go, so I did the logical thing and read it again."   ~ The Story of a Writer


". . . a lot of adventures, a touch of history and myth, friendship and family relations, a main character who has flaws and fears, who is actually a nerd (there are a lot of LOTR quotes and reference) and a little touch of horror, thanks to the skinners."            ~ Fortunately The Book



Coming October 2

Owl Hollow Press


“Ride hard, swing hard, and take out as many of those creepy critters as you can.”


Twelve year old Matt Del Toro is the greenest greenhorn in his family’s centuries-old business: riding down and destroying wolf-like monsters, known as skinners. Now, with those creatures multiplying, both in number and ferocity, Matt must saddle up and match his father’s skills at monster whacking. Odds of doing that? Yeah, about a trillion to one. Because Matt’s father is the legendary Javier Del Toro—hunter, scholar, and a true caballero: a gentleman of the horse.


Luckily, Matt has twelve hundred pounds of backup in his best friend—El Cid, an Andalusian war stallion with the ability of human speech, more fighting savvy than a medieval knight, and a heart as big and steadfast as the Rocky Mountains.


Serious horse power.  Those skinners don’t stand a chance. 




Barnes & Noble


Book Depository

Abe Books



ISBN: 978-1-945654-14-5

258 pages, $12.99

PUBLICATION DATE: October 2, 2018



PUBLICIST:  Caroline Geslison


+1 (385) 325-1488



224 S. Main St. #452, Springville, UT 84663





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