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Middle school bites. #1 / by Steven Banks ; illustrated by Mark Fearing.

Banks, Steven, 1954- (author.). Fearing, Mark, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

1 current hold with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Climax Public Library J BAN (Text) 33500013208582 New Available -
McIntosh Public Library J BAN (Text) 33500013208574 New In transit -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780823445431
  • ISBN: 0823445437
  • Physical Description: pages cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: [New York City] : Holiday House, [2020]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
Eleven-year-old Tom Marks has big plans for middle school, but the day before classes begin he is bitten by a vampire, a werewolf, and a zombie.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1
    Middle school arrives and Tom has plans—for everything from getting a girlfriend to staying invisible. But they all go out the window when he's bitten by a bat and a strange dog and then scratched by a decayed sideshow exhibit on the last day of summer vacation. Suddenly he's got a supersensitive nose, superstrength, pointy ears, an aversion to sunlight, and a thirst for blood—yes, he's turning into a "Vam-Wolf-Zom." Subverting expectations in this set-up volume, about the only character who responds predictably to his eventual full-moon transformation is his drama-queen older sister; while she barricades herself in her bedroom with garlic, crosses, and a plastic stake, his parents just give him a pass on the family's vegetarian diet, his school principal delivers a speech about inclusivity, and his friends and odd locker mate Abel (pretty certainly more than he seems) take it in stride. Fearing adds images of pop-eyed cartoon monsters and middle-schoolers to almost every spread, capped by a startling twist at the close to set up further misadventures. A fang-tastic kickoff. Grades 4-6. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Steven Banks is a writer who received an Emmy nomination as head writer on SpongeBob SquarePants, wrote for The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron and CatDog, has appeared on TV shows like Penn & Teller's Fool Us, attended Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College, wrote a book called King of the Creeps, co-created the international theater sensation Shadowland, and lives in California with his wife. He was once bitten by a donkey, but did not turn into a Donkey Man.

Mark Fearing has never been bitten by a werewolf, a zombie, or a vampire. But he was bitten by the creative bug which is far more dangerous. Books he's illustrated include The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot, by Margaret McNamara, and Ben Franklin's in My Bathroom!, by Candace Fleming, as well as The Great Thanksgiving Escape, which he also wrote. He lives in Oregon with his family.

Subject: Middle schools > Juvenile fiction.
Middle schools > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
Vampires > Fiction.
Werewolves > Fiction.
Zombies > Fiction.
Humorous stories.

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