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Sedgwick, Marcus.  
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, 2006
ISBN  0375846891
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Long, long ago, in Eastern Europe, a foreboding sense of evil hovers in the cold, winter air over a small, remote village.  Peter and his alcoholic father are woodcutters who have never stayed in one place too long. Currently, they are living in a small cabin outside of this remote village on the edge of a deep, dark forest and surrounded by a small river.  They have stayed there longer than they have ever stayed anywhere, and Peter wonders why.
Two gruesome murders in which the bodies were emptied of their blood have spurred rumors of the “undeadâ€? roaming the area, preying on unfortunate people who find themselves outside after dark. Peter’s father insists that such rumors are nothing but silly superstition, but Peter will soon learn otherwise. His dear Agnes is chosen to participate in a “Wedding of the Dead,â€? in which she is forced to marry one of the unmarried murder victims. She is locked away in a cabin just outside of the village, where she is to stay in mourning for 40 days. Secretly, Peter visits her, and in doing so discovers that undead corpses are indeed rising from their graves, thirsty for human blood, and creating many more like themselves. After several chilling and narrow escapes, Peter discovers that his only hope of saving himself and the remaining villagers lies in an old sword that his father has kept hidden from him his entire life.  If you like suspense and horror, you will appreciate this thrilling tale.  (Jennifer Mooney,, librarian)
SUBJECTS:     Supernatural -- Fiction.
                        Murder -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
                        Vampires -- Fiction.
                        Romanies -- Fiction.
                        Villages -- Fiction.
                        Superstition -- Fiction.
                        Europe, Eastern -- History -- 17th century -- Fiction.

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