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Darby Karchut

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A twelve-year-old boy and his family - descendants of Spanish knights and aided by talking Andalusian war horses - must save their friends and their town from a growing horde of supernatural creatures.


Action,Adventure,Fantasy,Children's,Family,Young Adult,Folktale

Short Summary

On Matt’s first hunt in the Maze, he and his father, Javier Del Toro, are attacked by a pack of werewolf-like creatures. Only the ferocity and speed of their war horses, and his father’s skill with a mace, saves them. In spite of that, Dad has been bitten by one of the skinners.

In spite of his lack of experience, and with the help of his new partner, the bay stallion Rigo, Matt defeats the skinners, save his family, and comes to realize he is one step closer to fulfilling his life-long dream of being a legendary monster-hunter just like his father, Javier Del Toro.


modern-day ranch in southern Colorado

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Mateo "Matt" Del Toro

Age: 12 years old

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Clumsy,Aspiring,Empathetic,Engaging,Insecure,Naive,Funny,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Javier Del Toro

Age: 40 years old

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Charming,Confident,Complex,Faithful,Masculine,Sexy,Skillful,Romantic,Visionary,Sophisticated,Leader,Honorable,Educated,Heroic,Heartthrob,Gracious

Additional Character Details

Name: El Cid

Age: 60 in human years

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Empathetic,Faithful,Engaging,Masculine,Blunt,Selfless,Outspoken,Skillful,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code,Gracious,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Ben Del Toro

Age: 16 years old

Gender: Male

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Crazy,Masculine,Sexy,Blunt,Power Hungry,Outspoken,Funny,Romantic,Engaging,Heartthrob,Heroic,Lone Wolf,Leader

Development Pitch

DEL TORO MOON blends the snarky dialogue and monster-bashing of SUPERNATURAL and the campy vibe of ZORRO with the heart of MY FRIEND FLICKA in a tale of family and courage and loss, and a boy’s first stumbles into manhood. With a cast of vibrant characters, including a family of monster hunters (dad and two sons) as well as a trio of talking warhorses, this story is a coming-of-age tale that explores the universe themes that a family is defined as much by love as by blood, that courage is found when we are most afraid, and that sometimes, the hero we admire most is sitting next to us at the supper table. DEL TORO MOON would be particularly suited to animation as well as live-action due to its fantastical nature and age group focus.

About The Author

Darby Karchut is a multi-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. Her thirteenth novel, DEL TORO MOON (Owl Hollow Press) is the 2019 Colorado Book Award Winner for Juvenile Literature. Visit the author at

Target Audiences

Age: 7-12,13-17

Target Gender: Male Leaning,Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Owl Hollow Press

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available