Cirque du Freak, book 1, A Living Nightmare, by Darren Shan

Published November 14, 2012 by Dagmar

cirqueduAh.  Finally a great horror book for tweens and middle school.  Darren Shan has written a book that will please your readers seeking “creepy” books.  My son read the 12 books in the series in a matter of a month – six books in one week.  It’s that compelling.  I thought the writing was really good.  I couldn’t wait to read what was going to happen next.
Synopsis: Darren Shan and his friends see a flyer advertising the Cirque du Freak.  They pool their money and buy two tickets.  Darren and his friend Steve win a game and get to use the tickets.  They sneak out at night to an abandoned theater and are amazed at the “freaks” in the show.   When Steve gets bitten by Madame Octa, a spider Darren stole from Mr. Crepsley, a member of the Cirque du Freak, the boys begin a page-turning journey into the world of vampires.


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