Synopses & Reviews
If Howard had known the old hag was a witch, he never would have taunted her. But he did, and she did what witches do--cursed him--and now he's a goose, which to tell you the truth, is not as serene and peaceful as it might look from the shore. People try to kill
geese, for crying out loud, and the other geese are none too nice to newcomers. Howard is desperate to become a human again so he can show that old witch a thing or two.
But the only way to break the curse is to do three good deeds--and how can you help others when you've got webbed feet, wings for hands, and can't say anything but "Honk"?
"Interview with a Vampire
for the learner's permit set."--The Horn Book
"A freshly written thriller, an offbeat love story, an engaging twist on the vampire novel, and an exciting tale of moral complexity. . . . Point [this] book at the Lois Duncan fans as well as Anne Rice followers, and get out of the way."--The Bulletin
"A nicely accomplished, entertaining read, with strong potential for reading aloud to younger children."--Booklist"This is a good naughty-boy-makes-good book for reluctant or easy-chapter-book readers. It's clear, uncomplicated, and entertaining."--School Library Journal
"Jessica evolves nicely with each new shocking revelation, becoming, over the course of the novel, an intriguing and strong protagonist . . . romance buffs will find the ultimate pairing of Lucius and Jessica absolutely irresistible, and it's downright swoonworthy once their elaborate courting ritual begins in earnest."and#8212; The Bulletin
* "A romance involving a high school girl and a handsome vampire may sound a little too familiar, yet this first novel quickly bursts ahead of the pack of Twilight-wannabes . . . The romance sizzles, the plot develops ingeniously and suspensefully, and the satire sings."and#8212; Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Fantaskey sustains a wholly believable contemporary teen world against a backdrop of vampire romanceand#8212;Jessica and her friends look and talk like real teens, and her wry sense of humor is delightful, especially when describing an archrival who has her eye on Lucius. Girls obsessed with vampires and romance will welcome this clever, amusing take on teen vamps in love."and#8212; Booklist
"Fantaskeyand#8217;s fast-paced story is full of plot twists and turns that keep readers guessing until the very end. The story is highly entertaining with plenty of action, drama, romance, as well as self-discovery." and#8212; School Library Journal
"Fantaskey's novel is far more than a romantic fantasy . . . Jessica is a witty, spunky protagonist with authentic insecurities and inner conflicts."and#8212;VOYA, 5Q, 4P, (highest rating)
"Hahn deftly creates the proper atmosphere and setting for this spine chiller." —Kirkus Reviews
Kerry's got a tough night ahead of her. What begins as a simple lost-and-found trip to the Laundromat turns into a nightmarish odyssey of murder, vampires, and--quite possibly--true love. Vivian Vande Velde puts a terrifying spin on what should be a typical night in a small town.
Kidnapping. Car theft. Murder. Vampires. Kerry's got a tough night ahead of her.
Dark forces are taking hold in the kingdom of Camelot: King Arthur struggles to keep his knights in line as they steadily divide themselves into factions; the great Merlin has vanished at the hands of his lover and pupil, Nimue; wizards all over the countryside battle for whatever measures of power they can find. At the center of the maelstrom stands Keira, an innocent girl who possesses the ability to foretell the fate of her world. When Keira is kidnapped from her village home, her mother, Alayna, flees to Camelot and finds Mordred, an enigmatic knight who will ultimately become Keiras greatest champion, Alaynas greatest love, and King Arthurs greatest enemy.
In the long tradition of Arthurian legend, Mordred has been characterized as a buffoon, a false knight, and a bloodthirsty traitor. The Book of Mordred reveals a mysterious man through the eyes of three women who love him.
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's probably a boy who's been cursed by a witch.
This well-written . . . fast-paced adventure raises some interesting issues.” School Library Journal
Lisette Beaucaire was angry when her parents sent her away from Paris that September day in 1940. And although she knew that with the Nazis occupying the city shed be safer at her aunt Josephines farm in the Dordogne Valley, Lisette resented her exile.” Shed miss her friends and the excitement of being thirteen and starting a new school. Instead, shed have nothing to do but amuse her little cousin Cecile.
Thats what Lisette thought, but she soon found out that she wasnt the only visitor at the farmhouse. And then she encountered Gerard, a visitor from a long time ago, who proved to be a valiant ally at a crucial moment.
The undead can really screw up your senior year . . .
Marrying a vampire definitely doesnand#8217;t fit into Jessica Packwoodand#8217;s senior year and#8220;get-a-lifeand#8221; plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birthand#8212;and heand#8217;s her long-lost fiancand#233;. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampireand#8217;s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire warand#8212;and save Luciusand#8217;s soul from eternal destruction
When sixteen-year-old Cynda goes to stay with her father and his second wife, Susan, at their remote bed-and-breakfast inn in Maine, everything starts off well despite legends about ghosts and a murder at the inn. But Cynda feels like a visitor in Dad's new life, an outsider. Then intense, handsome stranger Vincent Morthanos arrives at the inn and seems to return Cynda's interest. At first she is blind to the subtle, insistent signs that Vincent is not what he seems-that he is, in fact, a vampire. Can Cynda free herself-and her family-from Vincent's power before it's too late? Full-bodied characterizations and page-turning suspense ensure that this eerie, riveting novel will appeal to middle school fans of mystery and horror.
When Kerrys little brother forgets his stuffed bear at the laundry, Kerry ventures out at 11:00 p.m. to retrieve it for him. The laundry is deserted and kind of spooky, and while shes there three men burst in, dragging a bound and bloodied young man they insist is a vampire. Kerry helps him escape, only to be caught up in a desperate game between vampire hunters and their prey. “Full of tension and familiar vampire lore-and with a touch of romance-this should find a wide YA audience.”--Booklist
About the Author
VIVIAN VANDE VELDE is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including the Edgar Award-winning Never Trust a Dead Man, and her latest, Being Dead. She lives in Rochester, New York.
Table of Contents
The Old Witch 7
Pond Life 42
Dumphrey's Mill 49
Old Friends 72
Town Goose 85
Brave Goose 94
Braver Goose 108
Bravest Goose 115
A Change in the Wind 123
Howard and the Old Witch 137