The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie

The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie

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by John Bellairs, Brad Strickland, Edward Gorey
     
 

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When Johnny Dixon, Professor Childermass, and Fergie Ferguson have a party for their friend Dr. Coote, they expect the evening to be a blast - and it is! - but not quite the way they have in mind. As Fergie pounds out a rhythm on a small drum, a howling wind shakes the house and something explodes. Soon Johnny, the professor, and Fergie are in a battle with the… See more details below

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When Johnny Dixon, Professor Childermass, and Fergie Ferguson have a party for their friend Dr. Coote, they expect the evening to be a blast - and it is! - but not quite the way they have in mind. As Fergie pounds out a rhythm on a small drum, a howling wind shakes the house and something explodes. Soon Johnny, the professor, and Fergie are in a battle with the fearsome Priests of the Midnight Blood for Dr. Coote's life - and their own.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Left unfinished by his untimely death in 1991, Bellairs' book was completed by Brad Strickland. It's hard to say how fragmentary the manuscript was, but the end result is vintage Bellairs. Eccentric professors and voodoo thrash it out with the help of Johnny Dixon and his buddy Fergie. Along the way kids meet a genuine zombie, a voodoo priestess, and learn quite a bit about folklore in a mythical island based on Haiti. Bellairs' believable style of gothic horror probably works so well precisely because he always layered it around a nineteen-fifties comfort zone. 1997 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Completed posthumously, this book offers readers another taste of Bellairs's macabre writing. During a party, noted folklorist Dr. Coole shows Professor Childremass, Johnny Dixon, and his friend Fergie a small drum and tells them a strange story about voodoo cults in Haiti and the Caribbean. A few casual taps on the drum set in motion a tale of terror that includes zombies, evil spells, and death threats. Set in the mid-1950s, the horror is subtle, yet detailed enough to appeal to fans of the television show Tales from the Crypt and readers too young for Stephen King. The ``gee whiz'' tone lends a touch of naivet, and some plot turns are a bit obvious, but readers of Dixon's last escapade, The Secret of the Underground Room (Dial, 1990), will not be disappointed.-Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library, Austin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142402597
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/05/2004
Series:
Johnny Dixon Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
7 - 18 Years

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