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Shan, Darren.
Boston : Little, Brown, 2001
IL 5-8, RL 7.1
ISBN  0316603406
Ever want to run faster than a deer, play soccer better than a pro, have broken bones mend themselves in a few hours, and meet interesting and amazing people and things while traveling across the county?  Ever want to live 8 times longer than the average human?  Ever want to see a real wolf man........ rip out your friend's stomach?
    Well, Darren Shan didn't want these things in his life, but that's what he got, and much more!  Shan was just a normal kid, sneaking out of the house in order to have a good time with his "buds."  And then they went to a freak show- Cirque de Freak. It provided more thrills and chills than bargained for- but even that didn't stop Darren from stealing a vampire's deadly spider and having to pay for that life changing mistake by becoming a 1/2 vampire assistant himself!
    Imagine being a vampire's assistant... You, like David Shan, would have to say good-bye to your family and friends... FOREVER!  Sure, you could run across the country faster than a car- and bite through metal pipes with your bare teeth, but your friend would be Evra the snake boy and your mentor, Mr. Crepsley, is someone you'd like to kill someday -- especially since you believe he's the one responsible for a slaughterhouse full of bone-dry bodies....
    For Darren, this was the last straw- but little does he know of the reeeeeeaaaallll horror that awaits..... (Da duh duh dum...)  (Andi Figart AJFIGART@MSN.COM)
SUBJECTS:     Vampires -- Fiction.
                        Spiders -- Fiction.
                        Best friends -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Freak shows -- Fiction.
                        Conduct of life -- Fiction.
                        Horror stories.


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