Attack of the Vampire Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales

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A boy steals a ticket to an amusement park and gets the ride of a lifetime?literally. The first day of middle school turns into a free-for-all when the gym teacher offers a ?get-out-of-gym-free? card. Sick of his sister?s vampire wannabe friends, a kid decides to teach them a lesson at their next party. But the tables are turned when some surprise guests show up.

Critically acclaimed author and master of the macabre, David Lubar, is back with thirty more warped and creepy tales ...

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Overview

A boy steals a ticket to an amusement park and gets the ride of a lifetime—literally. The first day of middle school turns into a free-for-all when the gym teacher offers a “get-out-of-gym-free” card. Sick of his sister’s vampire wannabe friends, a kid decides to teach them a lesson at their next party. But the tables are turned when some surprise guests show up.

Critically acclaimed author and master of the macabre, David Lubar, is back with thirty more warped and creepy tales for fans of his bestselling Weenies story collections, which have sold more than 1.7 million copies to date.

Don’t be a weenie. Read these stories. If you dare!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lisette Baez
This is a creative collection of creepy yet hilarious short stories. The tales will take you on an unforgettable roller coaster ride, to a zany gym teacher and even into the path of some vampires—but not before they get a taste of their own medicine. The characters created by the author are engaging and will immediately hook budding readers. The suspenseful plots will leave even the most reluctant readers continually turning the pages. Whether you want to bring some spooky stories to your next sleepover, enhance your Halloween party or make a camping trip unforgettable, this is the book to take. David Lubar brings the book to a unique close as he shares with his readers the inspiration behind each short story. Not only can the reader understand Lubar's thinking process but maybe the next time they see something unusual or have a what-if moment, they too can use it as the basis of the next great novel or short story. Reviewer: Lisette Baez
Kirkus Reviews

The lead miner of the "ha-ha-horror" vein offers 33 more microtales (all but three newly minted) in a fifth Weenies collection. Most end badly for a young narrator or protagonist: In the title story plus three more, vampires triumph over obnoxious teens; in others a ghost, a malicious elf, swarming spiders and bees, all-too-omnivorous "MutAnts" and reanimated skeletons likewise snuff out the incautious or naïve. The laws of physics come into play when television-addict "Rapt Punzel" carelessly throws her huge weight of hair out a window. All humanity waxes rank and tubby after a young inventor finds a way to turn soap into candy. And a lad discovers that playground "Cooties" aren't as intangible as he thought. Lubar keeps the pace changing and injects plenty of humor—most notably and hilariously a clueless student's run of luck in a geography bee (A country on the Strait of Hormuz? "Oh, man." Oslo is the capitol of what country? "No way"). He rounds it off with a closing section of story notes; about "Cooties," he writes, "I was thinking about cooties (I have too much leisure time), and it hit me that someone has to be the last person to have them." All in all, the gathering assays out as rich in eye-rollers, groans and mild chills. (Funny horror short stories. 11-13)

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Praise for Attack of the Vampire Weenies

“Whoever thinks the short story is dead, or that kids don’t like short stories, hasn’t talked to any real live kids and hasn’t read the latest in this popular series.”
—School Library Journal

“Lubar keeps the pace changing and injects plenty of humor… All in all the gathering assays out as rich in eye-rollers, groans and mild chills.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Girls and boys alike will be drawn to Lubar’s chilling tales and wicked sense of humor. The short stories are perfect for quick bursts of reading…[and] combines the right amount of suspense and comedy…. Perfect for setting the mood at slumber parties and spooky campfires, these tales are the next generation of ghost stories and urban legends.”
—San Francisco Book Review

Children's Literature - Veronica Bartles
They say you should never judge a book by its cover. I failed to take that into account when I picked up this sixth book in Lubar's "Weenies" series of short stories. I expected to find stories rife with potty humor and crass jokes, similar to the "Captain Underpants" series of books. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to find a collection of clever and thought-provoking speculative fiction stories. In this collection, the reader will find a boy who is so involved in his video game that he does not notice a real alien invasion and a girl who might destroy the universe in the process of discovering its secrets. Children will meet broccoli that learns how to talk and pleads for its life, an alien who performs in a sideshow act, and many other fascinating characters. Lubar's tales include plenty of the gross-out factor to appeal to young boys, but he does not rely on the "ewww, gross" response to carry the stories forward. Like Isaac Asimov for young people, this collection of short stories is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever wondered, "what if?" Reviewer: Veronica Bartles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765323453
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 5/24/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 347,941
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lubar

DAVID LUBAR created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He is also the author of True Talents, Flip, and four short story collections: In the Land of the Lawn Weenies, Invasion of the Road Weenies, The Curse of the Campfire Weenies, and The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies, as well as the Nathan Abercrombie series. He lives in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

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    David Lubar has released another humorous horror anthology

    David Lubar has released another humorous horror anthology aimed at middle school readers. The thirty tales are spooky but contain no blood or slashing. The stories are short, but gripping as the young audience will enjoy the brisk reading experience.

    The title entry stars a boy sick of the fake vampires especially his sister and her boyfriend and decides to teach the "undead" a biting lesson. "The Ride of a Lifetime" focuses on Zack who wants to ride the Titanium Tempest, but his family prevent him so he pulls off a stunt for a midnight ride only to know he wants off immediately. Particularly amusing is "Chirp" who turns into different birds when he says "Chirp", but will soon make a potentially fatal mistake. Jacob is disgusted with the workers lazing around until he complains and learns what their "Roadwork" is missing. In "Lost and Found", Dale and Kirby find an expensive handkerchief with a series of symbols sewn into it that has them take it a grateful Xantin who is euphoric and glad to have two boys inside his house of horrors.

    The other contributions are as scary and funny whether it is in the school gym or running a train, as Mr. Lubar provides an amusing compilation.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    GO WEENIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AWESOME! Now I want to read every weenies book. This has nothing to do with vampire hot dogs

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Happy

    Best Book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Attack of the Vampire Weenies

    I got this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I'd originally thought to get it for my son to read, but after the first couple of stories I stopped. Not appropriate for him. But, I continued reading myself and very much enjoyed the stories. This collection of shorts is well written and imaginative. I look forward to reading more of Mr Lubar's books in the future.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    FUNNY!!!!!:)

    YOU guys need to read this it is action packed with tales about vampires

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    WEENIES!

    Best book ever

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Micah

    Great book. Dads should get it for kids named micah

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

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    Cant wait to read it!!!!!!!"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    Awesome

    Best book ever

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Good

    I wish to read more.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    Awesome

    This book is awesome I recomend it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Jajsia

    This book is awsomejsjwksjsjdjkdkjmsksmdkqowioskiijsoikkikwkwikwkiiikkjwskkwwkkjjiejhduuejhjujnjwksuwiweljjjkdkdiefnfnnjeikjjjejedduerffshffhhhejjejejerrjrjrdjejwwwjjejjejekrjjwdksjfhsjahkjllqlaoududiskkkfkdjdkjjdkdkdddkkkk

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Weenies ha

    Weenies wennies i got a big wwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeennnnnnnnnyyyyyy

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Hey micah tap here

    How old are you or do you go to mason intermediate

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    The best book ever

    Help i need a new book series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    How great this book is.

    It's like the best book ever even thogh im on page 6

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Vampire. Weenies

    Its a great short story book .its the best book i have read in awhile i love the humor in it its so.funny i recommened it to all goofy book lovers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    B-)

    I read Curse of the Campfire Weenies- loved it- I'm pretty sure I'll like all of his books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    WOW!!!

    Man what a book!!!

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