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“Lubar’s creativity is still going strong in these thirty-five short stories that present suspenseful, surreal tales…[that] will delight reluctant and ravenous readers alike.” —Booklist on The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies

“Most readers will find something here to their liking.”—School Library Journal on The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies

“Pleasingly short, well-crafted pieces…mixes the comic and the creepy, the merely weird with the truly haunting.”—San Francisco Chronicle on Invasion of the Road Weenies

“Another cool collection. This would be perfect to read around a campfire—or at any sleepover. They are creepy, but also hilarious.”—Detroit Free Press on The Curse of the Campfire Weenies

About the Author

David Lubar created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Thousands of kids and educators across the country have voted Hidden Talents onto over twenty state lists. David is also the author of True Talents, the sequel to Hidden Talents; Flip, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror selection; five short story collections, including In the Land of the Lawn Weenies, Invasion of the Road Weenies, The Curse of the Campfire Weenies, and The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies; and the Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie series. Lubar grew up in Morristown, New Jersey, and he has also lived in New Brunswick, Edison, and Piscataway, NJ, and Sacramento, CA. Besides writing, he has also worked as a video game programmer and designer. He now lives in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Series: Weenies Stories
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Starscape; 1 edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780765323453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765323453
  • ASIN: 0765323451
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Lubar has written more than thirty books for teens and young readers. His novels, including Hidden Talents and Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, are on reading lists across the country, saving countless students from a close encounter with Madam Bovary. His novel, Dunk, won Pennsylvania's Young Adult Book Award and was used by the New Jersey Library Association for their One Book New Jersey program. His Weenies short story collections have sold more than two million copies. He had several books come out this year, including Hyde and Shriek, and Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge (He's actually a much nicer person than these titles would indicate.) He is a popular speaker at schools and conferences around the country. He also designed and programmed many video games in an earlier eight-bit life, including Home Alone and Frogger 2. In his spare time, he takes naps on the couch. He grew up in New Jersey, went to Rutgers, and now lives in Nazareth, PA with one awesome female and various annoying felines. You can visit him on the web at www.davidlubar.com.

Customer Reviews

"Lost and Found" proves that sometimes it just doesn't pay to be nice.
Kathy Davie
The stories were all very clever, and could easily be read aloud in a classroom, or enjoyed individually by tweens, teens and adults alike.
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I picked this up at a school book fair, not knowing what it was about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ReadingVacation on August 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Attack of the Vampire Weenies is a collection of 33 magical or paranormal short stories. I am not kidding when I say they are short stories either. They average about six pages each. What a change from reading lengthy novels that are part of a series!

In one story, a young boy hijacks an alien space ship through a computer game. That's pretty cool if you ask me. Other hi-jinx includes a boy who makes candy out of soap and an elf that likes to haunt another boy's house. There's even a girl who gets revenge on her rival using an evil cat. Meow.

My favorite story is Rapt Punzel. In this retelling of the fairy tale, the farmer steals a satellite TV rather than food. I really do enjoy fairy tale retelling and this one is nicely done. I could even picture it as a full length book.

I was surprised that there was so much violence for a middle grade book. This book is not for small children and I wouldn't recommend reading it just before bed if you are easily creeped out.

RATING

3 So-So

COVER COMMENTS

Admit it, you like the unique title as much as I do. And who could resist those creative vampire weenies on the cover? Yeah, this cover is just right.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A.M Donovan on May 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
For lovers of very short stories with a dark and twisted view, this is the book for you. If you prefer books with flowers, butterflies and cute puppies then you want to look elsewhere. With several different (monstrous, not glittery) vampire stories, stories about cats, dogs and even video games this takes you down a path even darker than the "Goosebumps" series. Do not read this if you are prone to nightmares, walking in your sleep and you might want to hide it from your kid brother or sister and even your parents. It might be too scary for them. But you can handle it. I know you can.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on May 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
David Lubar has released another humorous horror anthology aimed at middle school readers. The thirty tales are spooky but contain no blood or slashing. The stories are short, but gripping as the young audience will enjoy the brisk reading experience.

The title entry stars a boy sick of the fake vampires especially his sister and her boyfriend and decides to teach the "undead" a biting lesson. "The Ride of a Lifetime" focuses on Zack who wants to ride the Titanium Tempest, but his family prevents him so he pulls off a stunt for a midnight ride only to know he wants off immediately. Particularly amusing is "Chirp" who turns into different birds when he says "Chirp", but will soon make a potentially fatal mistake. Jacob is disgusted with the workers lazing around until he complains and learns what their "Roadwork" is missing. In "Lost and Found", Dale and Kirby find an expensive handkerchief with a series of symbols sewn into it that has them take it a grateful Xantin who is euphoric and glad to have two boys inside his house of horrors.

The other contributions are as scary and funny whether it is in the school gym or running a train, as Mr. Lubar provides an amusing compilation.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Eckert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I got a copy of this book at Book Expo America in 2011 (yep it's taken me a while to get to it). This is definitely one of those books aimed at reluctant boy readers in the 8-13 age range. Some of the stories are amusing, but they are all very short and end up being more sketches of ideas than fully realized stories.

There are 30+ stories in this slim 224 page book. So that alone will give you an idea of story length. The stories run a large range of weird and creepy. There's a story about a boy who gets the ride of his life on an amusement park ride. There's a story about mutant ants and one about a dragon. There is a parody story that pokes fun at sparkly vampires fans too.

All in all a pretty large range of the strange and creepy here. Many of the stories end with the lead boy dying or being hurt in some gruesome way; so if that bothers you as a parent just a heads up. Also given the frequent death I wouldn't recommend this for younger kids, I honestly think it might be too intense and scary for them.

The stories are decently written but pretty simple stories with pretty simple sentence structure. This is definitely aimed at reluctant boy readers ages 8 to 14 or so. So if you are a boy in that age range I think you will really relate to and enjoy the stories. In many cases the main protagonist in the story is a boy, so that seems to be the audience Lubar is aiming for.

As an adult reading these stories I thought they were okay. The stories are very short and are basically quick sketches of ideas. Not a lot of character development and world building here; although most of the stories are full of some sort of irony that is darkly humorous.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This installment of Lubar's popular "Weenies" collection features 33 short stories. Many of the stories have to do with vampires, but most of them feature simple plots that are clever, creepy and, at times, hilarious. Some of the stories include "Not Another Word," featuring a mime who has a particular reason for donning that white face paint, "The Ride of a Lifetime," about a rollercoaster that seems to have a life of its own, and "Cooties," which explains what really happens when someone says "no returns." Most of the stories are only 2-3 pages long, with only a few over 5-10 pages.

Lubar's "Weenies" collection has sold, according to his website, over 1.7 million copies worldwide, and it is obvious why after reading Attack of the Vampire Weenies, the latest installment. Although the stories are quite short, they are full of clever, creepy and funny characters, plots and situations that will keep tweens, and adults, reading. Some of the real stand out stories include "Not Another Word," "It's Only a Game," "Rapt Punzel," "Cooties" and "The Cure for the Uncommon Vampire." All of the stories are very entertaining, however, and readers of all ages are sure to enjoy experiencing their favorites again and again.

This is my first experience with the "Weenies" books, but I am now officially a fan! The stories were all very clever, and could easily be read aloud in a classroom, or enjoyed individually by tweens, teens and adults alike. I look forward to picking up more of Lubar's creations!

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