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. Volume XII Number 16 . . . .April 14, 2006
When 12-year-old Christine Bellamy, a.k.a. Salt, is invited to spend summer vacation in England with her best friend, Pepper, she is thrilled. The only downside is that her 10-year-old brother, Hal, is included in the plans.
Upon arriving at Mr. Peter Cubbington-Smith’s manor, the duo is surprised to find garlands of garlic hanging over the doors and windows. Then, one foggy night, Christine and Pepper are visited by Simon Chelling, a teenage vampire. Simon claims their host is helping a group of renegade vampires. He insists that the girls spy on Cubbington-Smith and report his movements. When they refuse to cooperate, Hal is abducted and the plot begins to twist and turn.
In his novel, The Vampire's Visit, David Poulsen slips effortlessly inside 12-year-old Christine Bellamy to deliver this hilarious and suspenseful story through the character’s eyes. His First Person narrative is brimming with contemporary, witty exchanges and slap-stick humour while embroiling the reader in a gripping vampire mystery.
Though, in the end, the plot-strings appear tied but loosely together, the reader is nevertheless satisfied and eager for another “Salt and Pepper Chronicle.”
Marina Cohen has a Master’s Degree in Literature from the University of Toronto and has been teaching in the York Region District School Board for 10 years.
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