STRIKEOUT OF THE BLEACHER WEENIES by David Lubar

STRIKEOUT OF THE BLEACHER WEENIES

And Other Warped and Creepy Tales
From the "Weenies" series, volume 8
Age Range: 9 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The weird, warped weenies weturn for an eighth collection of tiny terror tales.

Vampires stalk vampires that stalk vampires (to eat of course). A spelling mistake in special writing-assistance software at school introduces Hector to the Differnet, where the hyperbolic descriptions on video clips (“…will make you wet your pants!”) are lethally true. With conservation in mind, Serena works successfully to get the local werewolf placed on the endangered species list…and finds she’s suddenly the go-to girl for supernatural beings tired of being hunted to extinction. Lubar, king of the quick and twisty tale, sultan of the scary (and sometimes silly) short-short story, presents 30 more diminutive dips into the strange, the bizarre, and the unexpected. Most end badly for the protagonist or narrator; boys and girls are represented in equal number. It’s to be expected in a field of well over 200 weenies stories there will be some strikeouts; there are a few here. However, the final story alone is worth the price of a ticket to this game (coulrophobes, don’t even think about reading it!). The collection concludes with a section of story notes explaining the origins of these tales of time travel, revenge, fears come to life, and bullies getting their just deserts.

Fans will be shivering and laughing…evilly. (Short stories. 9-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-7653-7726-5
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Tor
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2016




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