Vacations from Hell
  • Vacations from Hell
  • Vacations from Hell

Vacations from Hell

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by Libba Bray, Claudia Gray, Sarah Mlynowski, Maureen Johnson
     
 

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Life's a beach . . . and then you're undead?

in this must-have collection, five of today's hottest writers—Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty), Cassandra Clare (City of Bones), Claudia Gray (Evernight), Maureen Johnson (13 Little Blue Envelopes), and Sarah Mlynowski (Bras &

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Life's a beach . . . and then you're undead?

in this must-have collection, five of today's hottest writers—Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty), Cassandra Clare (City of Bones), Claudia Gray (Evernight), Maureen Johnson (13 Little Blue Envelopes), and Sarah Mlynowski (Bras & Broomsticks)—tell supernatural tales of vacations gone awry. Lost luggage is only mildly unpleasant compared to bunking with a witch who holds a grudge. And a sunburn might be embarrassing and painful, but it doesn't last as long as a curse. Of course, even in the most hellish of situations, love can thrive. . . .

From light and funny to dark and creepy, these stories have something for everyone. You definitely won't want to leave this collection at home!

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Sarah Hill
Bray, Cassandra Clare, Claudie Gray, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Mylnowski each contribute a short story to this collection about teenagers on vacation experiencing the supernatural. In Mlynowski's Cruisin', a high school graduate is seeking to lose her virginity on a cruise ship, but a vampire twist changes the plot. Gray's I Don't Like Your Girlfriend follows a teenage girl on vacation to North Carolina's Outer Banks with her family and her mother's coven. Johnson's The Law of Suspects includes two sisters on vacation in France, where a local legend leads innocents to murder and mayhem. The Mirror House by Clare focuses on a young American girl visiting Jamaica and her struggle to keep her stepbrother from the clutches of a local witch. Bray's Nowhere is Safe focuses on teenagers backpacking through Europe and their stop in a small town during a haunted festival. A portion of the proceeds of this book's sales will be donated to College Summit, an organization that helps send students to college. An editor is not listed, and one would have helped this story collection tremendously. Gray is the only author who uses humor in her story, and the stories are predictable, like urban legends on vacation. Vampires are present in one story and witches appear in two others. The authors are extremely successful in fantasy and chick lit, but this collection does not live up to the quality of their novels. Reviewer: Sarah Hill
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—The all-star lineup of authors of these supernatural tales will attract readers, but none of the selections truly surprise. The settings range from the French countryside to a Jamaican villa and the protagonists include a vampire, a witch, and a couple of normal girls whose vacations turn into nightmares. The most winning entry is Maureen Johnston's "The Law of Suspects," in which two sisters are exposed to a story that turns its listeners into killers. It succeeds more as a black comedy of errors than as a chilling horror story. Bray's "Nowhere is Safe" is refreshing because the narrator is male and the characters don't fit the blond-haired, blue-eyed mold. But the author makes such a to-do about her characters' Haitian, Japanese, and Jewish identities that it feels sort of like an after-school special, and the Slavic village's sacrifice ritual is neither funny nor particularly scary. Overall, this is a good beach read for some, but the collection won't attract a diverse audience.—Emily R. Brown, Providence Public Library, RI

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061688720
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/26/2009
Series:
From Hell Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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