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Conrad, Liza. High School Bites.

CONRAD, Liza. High school bites. (The Lucy Chronicles.) Penguin, NAL. 228p. c2006. 0-451-21752-7. $9.99. JS

Lucy is just a typical teen living in a house with gargoyles, perpetually dead grass, and so many locks on the front door she color-matches her keys to them. She likes a really cute guy, her dad won't leave the house, and on her 16th birthday she learns she is descended from Lucy, a character in Bram Stoker's Dracula. So, what else can happen? Lucy's English teacher assigns Dracula as class reading and she finds out that her really cute guy is a descendent of the most famous vampire, Count Dracula. Lucy's mother left her a diary filled with entries from the original Lucy and instructions on how to defeat Dracula. Now it is up to Lucy and her friends to destroy Dracula and his descendents so that everyone can live in peace.

Conrad has paid homage to the characters, themes, and tension of Stoker's Dracula. This title is a quick read for teens and covers friendships, love relationships, and the struggle between good and evil. Readers may want to review Dracula to better understand the characters and their place in the story although Liza Conrad drops enough hints about Stoker and Dracula to connect the novels. Holley Wiseman, MLIS, Columbus, OH
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Author:Wiseman, Holley
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Date:Mar 1, 2006
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