The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie

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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.

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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.

When thirteen-year-old Johnny Dixon and his friend Professor Childermass try to save the life of the elderly Dr. Coote, they find themselves facing the forces of a menacing voodoo cult.

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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.
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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
Stephanie Zvirin
Flopping and thrashing about on the desk was a weird form, repulsive, slimy, drooling. The sounds it made were horrible, like the bawling of a baby animal in terrible pain. Descriptions in R. L. Stine's horror oeuvre can't match this stuff, which has the added benefit of being part of a story that has a tight plot and characters who actually have some personality. Readers may recognize Johnny Dixon, Fergie Ferguson, Father Higgins, and Professor Childermass from such books as "The Secret of the Underground Room" (1990). This time the group is battling zombies and exorcizing voodoo demons invoked by vicious Madame Sinestra, who has come to America in search of a drum that has special significance for her evil cult. There's suspense and action aplenty as Johnny, Childermass, and Fergie investigate the weird goings-on, with the spookiness nicely balanced by comedy that comes direct from the pompous but good-hearted professor. This ably devised bit of supernatural fun, completed by Strickland after Bellairs' death, is perfect for the preStephen King set.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613048873
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: Johnny Dixon Mystery Ser.
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2011

    its ok

    The Drum, The Doll and The Zombie From reading this book I have discovered that this book just isn't for me but I do recommend it to people. The author could have done a whole lot better.In my book this boy named Charlie is at a party and he meets a scientist named Dr.Cootive. Charlie and the doctor start walking and it turns out it is one of his dad's friends. Charlie's dad is in the Marines across the see. As they are walking Charlie notices a man following him to his car. Then Charlie blacks out. When Charlie wakes up in an old dentist chair he sees the doctor.The book described the characters and the settings so well.From reading this book it's not as bad as I thought.I give my book 4 stars.

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