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30 October 2005 @ 08:26 am
fractured fairy tales  
I read Neal Shusterman's RED RIDER'S HOOD in one sitting the other night. I was already a fan of the Dark Fusion series having read DREAD LOCKS earlier in the year. RED RIDER'S HOOD is about a young man who is troubled by a gang called the Wolves. His grandmother tells Red that this gang has been problematic before; they are, of course, werewolves. There is a rival gang called the Crypts, a girl gang of vampires. So, do we have enough conflict? Well, not quite. Shusterman knows how to juggle several story lines and make them intersect in interesting and, occasionally, unpredictable ways. This is an absorbing read, packed with action and suspense, sure to entice readers. Red's pretending to be a wannabe member of the Wolves to get their trust and to learn more about their plans to create more werewolves, vampire bats descending, Grannie as a silver bullet gun-toting werewolf hunter, and a blossoming romance all combine to make this a sure winner with teens.
 
 
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