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Cirque du Freak

               Darren Shan

                                Darren Shan's an ordinary schoolboy, until he and his best friend

                                Steve get tickets to the Cirque Du Freak, a bizarre freak show
                                featuring such arcane performers as Hans Hands, Gertha Teeth,

                                the Wolf Man and Rhamus Twobellies. In the midst of the
                                ghoulish excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve
                                recognises that one of the performers -- Mr Crepsley -- is in

               fact a vampire!

               Steve remains after the show finishes, to confront the vampire -- but his
               motives are anything but ordinary! In the shadows of a crumbling theatre, a
               horrified Darren eavesdrops on his friend and the vampire, and is witness to a

               monstrous, disturbing plea.

               Later, in a moment of insane daring, Darren sets out to steal the vampire's
               magnificent performing tarantula, an act which will have severe, tragic
               consequences for both Darren and Steve. Their lives will never be the same

               again… 12+

               Skulduggery Pleasant

               Derek Landy

               Skulduggery Pleasant is a series of fantasy novels written by

               Irish author Derek Landy. The books revolve around the
               adventures of the skeleton detective, Skulduggery Pleasant,
               and a teenage girl, Stephanie Edgley (Valkyrie Cain), along with

               other friends. The central story arc concerns Valkyrie's
               struggle to stop evil forces threatening the world, finally find

               justice for her late uncle's death, and her internal struggle of
               keeping the darkness within her to stay within. 12+

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