Book of Nightmares (Diadem) Paperback – March 8, 2005
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Score was very agitated,and it was difficult
for him to be still even for a moment.
The events of the past couple of
hours had been too much for him; one
thing piled onto another. He'd been attacked
magically, through a locket that
had once belonged to his mother. It
contained a lock of Score's baby hair
from his first-ever trip to the barber.
Using this, Destiny had managed to
drain his strength and had almost killed
him. Pixel and Helaine had risked their own lives to
save Score, and they had succeeded in recovering the
locket and breaking the death spell.
But it had left Score terribly weak. As much as he'd
objected to the delay in rushing off to help Pixel,
Score had reluctantly realized that he was in no shape
to help anyone. He'd been hungry and dehydrated,
and stopping for a very large snack and a couple gallons
of soda and water had been essential. He'd wolfed
down the food as if it were going out of style. Now he
felt a whole lot better, at least physically.
The trip to Earth had left Score with more problems
than ever. He'd run into his father again. That
was never a happy event. His father, Bad Tony Caruso,
was a crook, a bully, and a liar. But he'd also stunned
Score by wanting to train him to take over his criminal
organization. Score had naturally refused, but the
offer had startled him.
Being on the verge of death, Score had not been
afraid of his father-the first time in his life he could
ever have said that. The fear had been burned out of
him at last, and Score now realized that Bad Tony was
actually a pretty pathetic excuse for a human being.
Right now, he was back in police custody, where he
would hopefully stay for a few years. Score liked the
idea that he might be able to return to Earth sometime
without running into his father. But at least now it
was because he despised the man, not because he
Score had come to realize that there were questions
about his mother to which he didn't know the answers.
Bad Tony had mentioned that she was a stréga, a wise
woman from the old country. She had somehow
known what Score was, and had prepared for his arrival.
She'd died when Score was young, and he'd always
assumed that Bad Tony had caused her death.
Now, however, he wasn't so sure.
Bad Tony had been cruel with his son because he
thought that would make a man out of Score. Bad
Tony's own father had treated him the same way. But
he swore he had not killed Score's mother, and Score
didn't think his father had been lying. Still, Score remembered
his mother as being constantly afraid.
If not of Bad Tony, then of whom?
Score knew he'd have to go back to Earth to get answers
to those questions. Who had his mother really
been? And who had killed her?
- Grade Level : 4 - 6
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0738706124
- ISBN-13 : 978-0738706122
- Product Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- Publisher : Llewellyn Publications; 1st Edition (March 8, 2005)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,632,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I love your books! I think it's interesting having a new fantasy book series that incorporates some of the less widely used characters, like the centaurs, the sphinx, and the ice dragon, to the unicorns, wizards, and kids with magical power. It always interests me to view how writers portray the opposite sex in characters, and I approve of Hellaine. They are all believable, lovable, human characters, and that is perhaps your major selling point. I also like how all the book covers mold together to form one design! However, the suspense is killing us! Keep writing, Publish those books faster! We'll be waiting at the bookstore.
Kids who are reading this, if you like this, you'll probably be interested in another book series I've read. Patricia C. Wrede's "Dealing With Dragons". It's about a teanage girl who is a very improper princess, who like Hellaine, is bored with her royal duties of curtseying and needlepoint, so she voluntarily becomes a dragon's princess, and aids the dragons in their battle against the evil magic-stealing wizards.
Pixel's been kidnapped by Destiny and taken to a planet where nightmares become real, a world where if you fall asleep you are lost forever. Score and Helaine, already tired from the attempt on Score's life in "Book of Earth," immediately rush to the planet to save Pixel...but they're in for a constant fight between forces of the planet and their own tiredness.
On a world where bad dreams come true, each must face their own darkest nightmares. However, the key to surviving Zarathon also lies in their dreams, if they can figure out the various puzzles.
For many years, "Book of Nightmares" was the last available Diadem book, and is one of the few to not end on a cliffhanger. If you, and/or your kids love this series, fear not because now there are four new Diadem books for your reading pleasure. But, I have to admit, it is nice to finally see the trio get a rest at the end of this book.