Fang of the Vampire: Scream Street
Candlewick, 2009 (2009)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his first of the spooky new
chapter book series by Tommy Donbavand (aimed at ages 8-10 and including free collectors' cards) introduces Luke Watson as he's cornered in a graveyard by a terrifying werewolf and saved (after a few scratches) by a chihuahua named Fluffy. But it's too late - Luke begins to howl at the moon himself.
ife returns to normal until G.H.O.U.L.
show up and transfer Luke's family, lock stock and barrel, to No. 13 Scream Street. Their new neighbors are a family of vampires (Alston, Bella and their wannabe son Resus Negative). There Luke endures a poltergeist attack, helps a hippie zombie locate his leg, and saves Cleo (a reckless young mummy) from a fire. He begins to feel at home, but worries about his normal parents' vulnerability to the horrors around them.
uke seeks a way out for his petrified parents. Aided by Cleo and Resus, he searches for an animated book that holds the answer. In Sneer Hall, they wade through hellhounds only to learn that they must locate six relics that form the key to leaving Scream Street. The first is the
fang of the vampire
, which they find in goblin-filled sewers before the villains capture them. Will they escape and save the day? You'll have to read
Fang of the Vampire
yourself to find out!
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