When Sheldon Delany was a small child, he witnessed the horrible, gruesome murder of his parents. After undergoing therapy, he returned home and vowed never to set foot outside the house again. He works as a telephone solicitor and conducts all his other interactions with the outside world via Evan, a neighborhood boy who's deaf and has no other friends. Sheldon is so afraid to step outside his door that he has Evan bring his mail in for him.
But then, everything changes when a motorcycle parade roars through town for what turns out to not to be a festive occasion, but rather a horrible day of carnage for the town. The adults are mysteriously incited to horrific acts of murderous violence, and the parade itself kidnaps the children-including Evan. And so Sheldon, having escaped the killing frenzy, must leave his house and set out to rescue his friend-all the while learning a few things about himself as well.
The book is a slim volume, weighing in at 124 pages. But it really doesn't need more than that. The story is inventive and moves right along, very confidently, without any excess baggage. The main characters are engaging--and, in fact, the focus of the story isn't on the horror elements so much as Sheldon's ability to find the courage to overcome his own fears and step out into what would be a frightening world for anyone.
Order a copy, wait for a rainy Saturday afternoon, and go off on an adventure with Sheldon Delany.