THE DEMON QUEEN by Richard Lewis


Age Range: 12 & up
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A teen boy must save the world from his evil spirit twin. Rescued from deportation to Cambodia, 15-year-old Jesse lives with his foster family in quiet Longview in central Illinois. Honor, the new girl in school, wears jewelry formed from centipedes and scorpions, and when she arrives, strange and creepy things start happening around town. Through visits from the spirit of a Balinese priest, Jesse learns that Honor is about to bring Rangda, the Balinese demon queen, to Longview. According to the priest, Jesse is the only one who can stop her. Although the Balinese-folklore aspect is unusual in a YA-horror setting, it works fairly well and lays out an interesting battle between good and evil. The way in which Jesse thwarts Honor, however, is trite, and while readers will find Jesse easy to relate to and even likable, some of the language choices in both narration and dialogue seem distinctly out of tune with a Midwestern teenage voice. The epilogue invites either closure or a sequel. (Horror. 12 & up)

Pub Date: June 17th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4169-3589-6
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2008


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