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Length: 272 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Age Level: 12 - 17 Grade Level: 7 - 12

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Gr 7 Up-"My mom came home around six and asked me how my day went. I told her, leaving out the voodoo but leaving in Mr. Click's leg and death." By page 10, average Florida teen Tyler has inadvertently killed his history teacher, and then things really get weird. A laugh in every paragraph.α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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""Characters, settings, dialogue, all work well. Highly recommended." Blogger Michael Collings, Collings Notes " - Collings Notes

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  • File Size: 1741 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (June 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SOL2BM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jeff Strand was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but moved to Fairbanks, Alaska when he was six months old, so his memories of Baltimore are hazy. He grew up in the cold, where he desperately wanted to be a cartoonist. Then he wanted to make video games. Then he wanted to write movies. Actually, he still wants to do all of those things, but for now he's quite happy writing lots of demented novels.

He was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. His novel PRESSURE has been optioned for film; he's hoping the movie will be made soon so he can scream "My baby! What have you done to my precious baby?!?"

His novels are usually classified as horror, but they're really all over the place, from comedies to thrillers to drama to, yes, even a fairy tale.

Because he doesn't do cold weather anymore, he lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife and a deaf cat.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Iain M. Grant on August 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Me: I heard you snort with laughter five times while reading this book. Was it funny?
My daughter, Kate (14): Yes. It was silly and crazy. People being chased by zombie History teachers is crazy. It also features a voodoo doll and a family of cannibals.
Me: Cannibals?
Kate: Yeah. They kill people in human sacrifices. And then eat them.
Me: So it's a horror story?
Kate: Yeah. I suppose. It wasn't scary horror. It was more funny than scary. There were great characters like Adam, the main character's best friend. He was funny and slightly psychotic. He's the one who gets the voodoo doll in the first place.
Me: Are you sure it's suitable reading for young people?
Kate: Yeah.
Me: Sure?
Kate: It depends. There's no real swearing. It's not scary. Not proper scary.
Me: Human sacrifice? Limbs dropping off?
Kate: It has violent moments, but it's not graphic.
Me: So how many stars would you give it?
Kate: Five
Me: Five? It's that good?
Kate: It's really good. It was funny. There were no plot holes.
Me: Is that what you look for in a book?
Kate: Well, it all made sense in the end. Sort of.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dingfelder on June 6, 2012
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Jeff Strand writes like nobody else, in a hectic pell-mell motormouth style that, even when it doesn't start off jokey and off-kilter, usually winds up there. In Bad Day for Voodoo, written in the first person, Strand's mouthpiece is 16-year-old Tyler, who lives through Ferris Bueller's Day Off with his cute girlfriend and best pal -- that is, if Ferris had tangled with gypsies, voodoo, zombies, murderous thugs, and a family of bloodthirsty religious wackos; was threatened with eternal damnation; and lost a couple of toes. Also got an "F" in class. But otherwise, it's mostly similar, in that we are treated to a picaresque tale of unfolding wackiness and ever more unlikely bad luck among kids on the brink of adulthood.

Tyler may be living the American dream when he sticks a pin in a voodoo doll of his unfair meanie of a teacher right in the middle of class and gets a result. But something happens that's much worse than pain, and he learns that revenge isn't so sweet a dish when it's just too much colder than he really is at heart. And then comes the panic.

Panic and comedy set the two overlapping tones for the whole book. Jeff's ... umm, Ferris's ... Tyler's! narration flits all over the place, but rarely stays serious for long. In many ways, this a book about books, and about funny books. The customary narration of the story cuts out entirely at points while Strand "gets meta" and regales us with odd bits of weirdness involving a ghostwriter begging for more work, comments on The Shining, notes from the editor, hints on writing a book report on the book, and generally exhibits enjoyable silliness before getting back to the story at hand.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wag The Fox on July 27, 2012
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When you went to high school, did you have a teacher that you just didn't like? Actually, hate might be a better word. I know I had one. He was an English teacher, a miserable bastard of an English teacher to be precise. In the case of Jeff Strand's protagonist, Tyler Churchill, he hates his his tenth grade history teacher, Mr. Click. So does Tyler's best friend Adam, to the extent that Adam buys a voodoo doll for Tyler, as a silly act of revenge against their teacher. Just one problem: the voodoo doll is real and is way more powerful than either Tyler or Adam could have dared imagine.

The story movies along at a frenetic pace once the voodoo doll comes into play, as sticking a pin into the doll's leg and then seeing their teacher's leg detach from his body in a violent eruption, sending both boys into a panicked sense of terror and paranoia. How Tyler and Adam each handle the event is like the different between night and day. What ensues is a farcical fright-fest with the boys winding up in possession of a new doll, this one designed to symbolize Tyler, and the outright horror of what might happen to Tyler if anything happens to the doll.

Throw in a cavalcade of crazy characters that the boys encounter during a single night of wild-eyed wandering in hopes of getting the woman who made the doll to take away its powers. Readers no sooner get a sense of how one tension-filled scene might play out, then Jeff concocts a brand new dilemma for the boys to deal with on their fear-fueled romp.

A Bad Day for Voodoo feels like the Corey Haim/Corey Feldman movie that never got made. A bit of
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Madison on July 30, 2014
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My ninth grade teacher was a poster child for mean-spiritedness. During exams, he used to snatch my paper mid-writing, and tear it in half ,while saying gleefully: "Re-write it. Your handwriting is unacceptable." He used to tell me off for no good reason and command me to wait outside of class while he taught. So naturally, I used to fantasize about him getting reamed by the principal or some formidable authoritative figure. I know it isn't high on anyone's Revenge List, but I hated confrontations. Besides, I didn't have a psychotic friend who'd proffer me with a voodoo doll, such as in the case of Tyler (the narrator of this book). So when I began reading this book, I totally sympathized with his predicament.

The storyline is so far-fetched, wacky and extremely entertaining! I love horror and a good comedy and Jeff Strand combines 'em both in this fine treat: A Bad Day for Voodoo.

From the opening chapter, it's a roller coaster ride! The plot borders on the ridiculous. I remember my eyes bugging out in incredulity. It ranges from body parts exploding to cadavers escaping the morgue; voodoo doll-loving Rottweilers to creepy cannibals. So if you're the type that don't like to suspend a lot of disbelief or dislike an unbelievable storyline, then chances are you won't like this book.

This book isn't Shakespeare. It won't be winning any Pulitzer awards. However, it's extremely enjoyable. The pacing is swift and brilliant. There's a lot of blood splatter and the humor is in spades. You might ask, how can mutilation and blood loss be humorous? Jeff Strand nails it. It reminds me a lot of the late 80s - early 90s B movies minus the modern gizmos and gadgets, such as My Boyfriend's Back.
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