Perez, Marlene. Dead is So Last Year
Graphia see Houghton Mifflin 2009 192p 7.99 978-0-15-206216-3 jr/sr
Nightshade California is a really weird town. Daisy and her two sisters have special paranormal powers. Other town members also have special powers. There Summer progresses from normal to spooky and extreme. Daisy, Rose, and Poppy Giordano must manage alone during the Summer because their mother is on a job in Italy. At first they go to Italy with their Mother and then return to see their friends in many strange activities. Daisy can’t believe how big and strong Ryan has gotten in only two weeks. In fact the entire football team has grown in size and brawn. Then you need to pair this with a pack of werewolves running wild in the town. However this doesn’t even hold a candle to the fact that people are having their doubles appear and gorge on candy. It is a frantic time for the Giordano family in a town made up of people with special powers such as harpies, psychics, werewolves, etc.
It is a smoothly written fast paced enticing novel that young readers will enjoy. It will give them a glimpse into family dynamics and friendship among peers. Either way it is a rollicking spoof and fun to read. LM