A TASTE FOR RED by Lewis Harris

A TASTE FOR RED

Age Range: 10 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

There isn’t much for blood-sucking fans between Bunnicula and Bella—can Svetlana (née Stephanie) Grimm fill the gap? Formerly homeschooled Svetlana must contend with a new town, a new school and Ms Larch, the scary science teacher (“spectacular in her skintight black jumpsuit”) who smells like rotting garbage. Svetlana disdains her peers (and spies on them) and knows she is a vampire because she can only abide red food and sleeps under her bed. Occasionally she practices mind control, too; in fact, Svetlana’s talents indicate she belongs to The Circle of Red. The Circle (a collection of old ladies) has followed the Kensington vampire, aka Ms Larch, to Sunny Hill, and only Svetlana can stop her. Svetlana’s arch, deadly serious voice and general inability to empathize make it hard to root for her. Uneven pacing, the strangely sexy descriptions of Ms Larch, secondary characters who lack depth and no back story—the delightful cover can’t mask the flaws. Buffy for tweens, without the charm. (Fantasy. 10-12)

Pub Date: June 15th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-547-14462-7
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2009




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