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A Bad Day for Voodoo by [Strand, Jeff]
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Length: 272 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: 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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SOL2BM
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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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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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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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Mr. Strand occupies the funny-horror realm like a squatter and is now reaching out for the young-adult-funny-horror genre which I'm not sure actually existed before this book.

“A Bad Day For Voodoo” is a typical Strand plot in that there's an absurd premise (voodoo dolls work), things go awry (when you stick a pin in a teacher-doll's leg it's supposed to hurt, not explode his leg and kill him in front of a gore-splattered class), and Tyler Churchill, his psychotic best friend and his girlfriend are about to have the anti-Ferris-Bueller day from hell.

There's blood and gypsies and cabbies and Rottweilers and zombies and car chases and a complete absence of subtext or meaning beyond wondering what horrible, hilarious thing will happen next, which is why you absolutely should read it.
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