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KLIATT"Wow, Grandma . . . What gnarly teeth you have." Fusing the tale of "Little Red Riding Hood" with werewolf legends, Shusterman crafts a fast-moving story about tough teenager Red Rider, who tools around his dangerous urban neighborhood with its gangs of Wolves and Crypts in his blood red Mustang. When his grandmother is mugged by some of the Wolves and Red learns that they're really werewolves, he joins the gang as a pledge in order to bring them down. However, he finds he must fight the growing urge to join them. This sinister, imaginative series (Dread Locks was reviewed in KLIATT in May 2005; Ugly Duckling is due out in March 2006) will appeal to fantasy fans as well as reluctant readers. Red Rider's Hood features lots of action and creepy details (e.g., the Crypts are really vampire bats who suck all the blood from their victims), and the cover, depicting a sweatshirt-hooded youth, a red Mustang, and a werewolf under a full moon, will attract an audience. (Dark Fusion, Book 2). KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Penguin, Dutton, 176p., Ages 12 to 18.