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Tommy Donbavand. Fang of the Vampire (Scream Street, Book 1)
Candlewick $7.00 ISBN 978-0-7636-4608-0 129 pg.
Reviewed by Koryn, Age 12

Luke Watson is a werewolf; if he gets angry, he turns into an uncontrollable beast. When he attacks a kid at school, the movers-faceless men that work for G.H.O.U.L. (Government Housing Of Unusual Life Forms)- show up. Luke and his family are forced to move to Scream Street. Luke is the only one in his family who is a werewolf, and he thinks it is unfair that his parents are here, too. With the help of some new friends, Luke decides to find a way out of Scream Street, but he needs all the gifts of the founding fathers of Scream Street. However, Sir Otto Sneer has different plans that might just get in the way…

Fang of the Vampire starts out like an older kid’s horror novel. I do not like horror, and so I felt like putting the book down almost immediately. After a little while, it became a story with Halloween characters. I didn’t mind reading it, but sometimes I felt like the characters’ relationships were moving along too fast, and that the characters were doing things for each other that were unrealistic. I wouldn’t help a random person I had just met yesterday sneak into someone’s private library. In some ways I thought that Tommy Donbavand could have added more to his story, because at times it was like there was something missing. Fang of the Vampire is a book that is best read on Halloween and enjoyed by younger readers. Fang of the Vampire is the first book in the Scream Street series by Tommy Donbavand.

I give Fang of the Vampire 3 stars and recommend it for younger readers between the ages of 8 to 10. For those that like horror stories, look for Donbavand’s second Scream Street book, Blood of the Witch.

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