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Prom Dates from Hell
by Rosemary Clement-Moore
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Delacorte, 2007 (2007)

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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

With a title like Prom Dates From Hell, it was hard to know what to expect as I opened the covers to meet cheeky heroine Maggie Quinn. In the days leading up to senior prom which Maggie plans to avoid like the plague Maggie meets a demon conjured up by a fellow classmate.

Maggie has spent her life denying that her dreams make her part of the Irish folklore in which her gran believes. Since no one else sees the demon, it is up to her to hold back the creature's venom. The first victim is a friend who is hospitalized after a dive into to the deep end of the school pool during P.E.. Since Karen took Maggie's place in line, did she sustain the injury intended for her as well?

With the help of a young college student who is doing research on folklore, Maggie must figure out who the demon will hurt next, who summoned him, and why. As the prom gets closer the jocks and cheerleaders are picked off one by one. The demon feeds on emotion, not to mention grief, terror, angst and woe - so he's sure to be at the prom. Maggie's attendance becomes mandatory. Which could be worse facing the demon or going to the prom? Full of quips even when things can't get more serious, Maggie faces evil with humor and style.

Maggie likes to say she is Nancy Drewing when she's sleuthing, but she's more like another more recent teenage heroine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy could have used Maggie in her hometown of Sunnyvale, the mouth of hell. For a fun read, make way for Maggie Quinn, the demon slayer. Sadly, Clement-Moore's next Maggie Quinn book won't be out until August, 2008.

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