Pyre

Pyre

by James McCann
     
 

Jonathan Pyre and Nick Bender are arch rivals — both nuts about Karen, the head cheerleader at Fillmore High. After a fight between the two, Nick forces Jonathan to vandalize a neighbor’s house. The unlucky Jonathan is caught in the act and agrees to complete chores for the owner as penance. Soon, what began as an adolescent rivalry takes a sinister

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Jonathan Pyre and Nick Bender are arch rivals — both nuts about Karen, the head cheerleader at Fillmore High. After a fight between the two, Nick forces Jonathan to vandalize a neighbor’s house. The unlucky Jonathan is caught in the act and agrees to complete chores for the owner as penance. Soon, what began as an adolescent rivalry takes a sinister turn — Whittaker, the neighbor, is actually a vampire locked in a ruthless battle with Rancour, a werewolf dedicated to ridding the world of Whittaker and his ilk. As Jonathan finds himself becoming stronger, with hypersensitive hearing and vision, he wonders: Is it the physically demanding chores? Puberty? A tumor? Whatever it is, it gives him the confidence he needs to pursue Karen. However, when dead bodies begin piling up, Jonathan realizes the truth — he’s been secretly enlisted as a foot soldier in the war between werewolf and vampire. This absorbing novel blends humor, suspense, and nail-biting horror in a format that engages even the most reluctant readers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Margaret Orto
Jonathan Pyre is a guitar-playing teenage misfit living in the isolated Canadian Plains town of Minitaw. He dreams of dating the head cheerleader at his school and of becoming a rock and roll star. Instead, he is bullied by Nick, a popular and athletic fellow student. When Nick forces Jonathan to perform an act of vandalism on the town's community center, he gets caught. That is when strange things begin to happen to him. As Jonathan fulfills his community service obligation at the center, he gets to know the leader there, an older man known as "Saint" Whittaker. Whittaker is called "Saint" by the townspeople because of his work placing orphans with local families. Jonathan learns that Whittaker has some unusual powers, and then he begins to acquire some strange powers of his own. He experiences visions, develops extraordinary hearing, and grows physically stronger everyday. Jonathan also comes to realize that Whittaker and several of his classmates are not who they say they are. Through Whittaker, Jonathan is swept into a surreal world of vampires and werewolves, hunters and defenders. It turns out that Whittaker, a self-proclaimed "good" vampire needs protection against "bad" vampires as well as an enemy werewolf. He has selected Jonathan to become a defender for Whittaker and his group. While this book shows promise with some clever ideas, in the end, it does not deliver. Dialog is abrupt and often mystifying. The plot is convoluted and at times contradictory. There is the suggestion of a Christian message, but it is never fully realized. Themes of teenage alienation and angst seem to be at play here, but they are so jumbled with the fantasy world of vampires and werewolves as tomake it difficult to understand McCann's intentions for the story. Reviewer: Margaret Orto

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781894965668
Publisher:
Simply Read Books
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Series:
The Rancour Chronicles Series
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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