FICTION

From Sunset Till Sunrise

256p. (Devin Dexter: Bk. 2). Sky Pony. Aug. 2018. pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781510734098.
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Gr 4–6—Devin Dexter and his cousin Tommy are used to battling evil; after all, they recently saved the town from a bunch of demonic stuffed bunnies in Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies. Now the two face another terrifying challenge—the undead. Tommy is convinced that the new neighbors, the Moroi family, are vampires and need to be destroyed. However, Devin has fallen head over heels in love with one of them, the fetching Lily, and is not as inclined as his cousin to stake her through the heart. It turns out that the Morois run an acting school called the Nosfer Academy of Talented Understudies and when Lily invites them to a school dance, it seems like the perfect chance to investigate. Unfortunately, Devin's younger sister, Abby, begins to display signs of being bitten. After the third bite, she will officially be a member of the undead. Filled with goofy high jinks and one-liners, this is a comical horror story with plenty of gore and violence thrown in for good measure. Tommy and Herb the warlock are used skillfully as comic relief, but note that Rosen does not shy away from some fairly graphic violence.
VERDICT Hand to tweens who have moved on from "Goosebumps" and like their horror served with plenty of laughs. A solid purchase where horror series circulate well.

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