Recently, I had the chance to read the first two books of the Scream Street series books. This series is written by Tommy Donbavand and is for the 8- 10 age group. I wanted to read these books with my 10 year old son. They are magically written with humor and a bit of scariness that appeals to this age group. They are quick read books that can be a fun way to end the day with your child. They are also perfect for Halloween.
Fang of the Vampire
Fang of the Vampire is the first book in the series and is a great introduction to it. We meet the main character, Luke Watson, who discovers he is a werewolf. He is then hauled off by G.H.O.U.L., with his parents (who are normal) to Scream Street, a place for the undead. On Scream Street, Luke meets some friends, Resus Negative (vampire) and Cleo Farr the mummy. These friends go on a quest to collect six ancient relics in order to help Luke’s parents go back to the normal world. This first book they are looking for a vampire fang. The book is about the adventure they have in finding the fang. The friends are helped by lots of magical types of things like a talking book.
Blood of the Witch
Blood of the Witch is the second book in the series. This time, Luke, Resus, and Cleo go searching for the second relic which is a vial of witch’s blood. The vampires are deprived of their blood supply from the blood bank making them go out and search for blood from the resident’s of Scream Street. I thought that the description of the way the blood is channeled to the vampires was pretty gross, but kids of this age love gross stuff. Resus’ father tries hard to control himself by not biting the friends as they go out and search for the vial of witch’s blood. The friends go through lots more adventures in this book trying to find the second relic.
Scream Street Series Future
As of May 2010, there are 8 books in the series that have been published. It has been reported that there will be 13 books in the series in all.
Scream Street Educational and Fun Activities
I found this website that has lots of fun printables; like door hangers, crossword puzzles, a mask, word search, and a game. These could be used to help parent’s help their children understand the books. The Scream Street website also has lots of fun activities that relate to the book like a video game, wallpaper for your computer, puzzles, and a writing lab to help your child create a story of their own.
My son and I really enjoyed these books. It’s always nice to find a new series that will get young readers more excited about reading. I can’t wait to read more in the series with my son and the whole series with my younger children when they get older. I was not paid to review these books, but was given the books to review.