Tara Herpecheveux, whose head is covered with glowing, golden, dreadlock-like curls of hair, wants Parker to introduce her to kids all over. About 4 chapters later Parker noticed that his dreadlock was twitching and had a Shusterman was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Tara Russell. Updated 22 February Transcript. Book and Beyond. Tara Russell. Period 3. Dread Locks by Neal Shusterman.

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If you pick up Dread Shhsterman and notice that it’s book one of the Dark Fusion series, I implore you not to write it off as a typical “toss-off” beginning book to a new series.

Part of the Darkfusion series. Yes, there is a subtl Neal Shusterman is easily becoming one of my all time favorite authors! That basically sums up my thoughts. But strange things happen to the people Tara meets. Aug 17, Heidi Garrett rated it really liked it Shelves: More on this in a second.

Parker is a son of a rich family who lives in a fairly mansion like house. Read it Forward Read it first. Parker Baer is spoiled. The dreadlocls twists and turns move the story toward an unexpected end. She fascinates but only in the way a snake or scorpion does—with the recognition t Mr. I mean, it’s pretty obvious what is happening.

Will he be able to reverse Tara’s influence before it’s too late? Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Just like all the other people she toyed shustermqn. Medusa comes to high school and starts exposing the petrifying cores of rich suburbia.

Parker fears that Tara is at the root of all of these problems. Subjects, Themes, and Big Ideas: Then to top it all o I think that this book had a good concept, but for me it just didn’t follow through in the ‘interesting’ category. When Parker realizes Tara’s ‘friends’ at school are developing strange quirks, he is too embroiled in his own cravings to stop her. Also by Neal Shusterman. Dread Locks dreadpocks a book meant for people who like to read books that are about regular people meeting irregular people who change people after having a short conversation with them.

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It seems to me that Neal Shusterman is already deserving of mention among the recent greats in the young-adult field, authors like Robert Cormier, Katherine Paterson, Shusferman.

Then Parker meets his new next-door neighbor, Tara Herpecheveux, in the most surprising way–she’s sleeping in his bed. Parker neql, fascinated, as one dreadlockz one Tara chooses high school students to befriend; he even helps her by making the necessary introductions. To say more would spoil the spooky fun of this wild thriller—let the twist speak for itself and leave you still as a statue. It can be really nsal to sympathize with spoiled rich kids, but Parker never pretends to be anything other than spoiled rotten, and his disgust with himself makes him a lot easier to live with.

But as the story started moving on and on I know that she had an ounce of evil in her or even more that an ounce ha. I was waiting for the next book in another series that Shusterman wrote to get here from Amazon, and this one is short so I read it, and loved it!

Neal Shusterman simply won’t ever settle for anything less than the very best that he has to offer, and the big winner is his readers, who I feel as if I’m always saying this in my reviews of Neal Shusterman’s books, but I can’t think of another contemporary author who hits the mark so resoundingly time after time, coming up with stories that mix powerful philosophy, gripping suspense, painfully real characters and shocking twists to an effect that I have rarely, if ever, seen from anyone else.

Jun 02, Ambar Negron rated it it was amazing. Exotic and strange Tara keeps readers on the edge of their seats with her unconventional behavior and unusual perspective on everyday life.


The idea that the vague references to Goldilocks and the Three Bears is part of a blending of two mythos is ridiculous. I would recommend this book for junior high students, as the writing may feel too young for high shustefman, and the content may feel too old for elementary schoolers. What happened to Parker right before the end was the main reason I love this book.


I thought it was a great book, denfinatly worth reading. Ordinarily the middle of the road character can be interesting. Aug 14, Neil or bleed rated it really liked it Shelves: I enjoyed the book a little more towards the end, but then I hated the ending. Parker finally understands why Tara always wears her sunglasses. That much was obvious from the cover, to the synopsis, to the first day we met Tara. The crack in my life was the fact that I had everything I wanted, or could ever want-and when you have it all, boredom grows like a fungus, coating everything you own and everything you feel.

Jan 03, Kelly Bryson rated it really liked it.

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I bought this for myself, thinking it was a bit old for my ten year old the characters are highschoolersbut because it was free of language and innuendo, I thought it appropriate for my ten-year-old who loved Percy Jackson. The writing style did not hold my attention. A good addition for those libraries with horror lovers who have moved on from R.

Hey everyone in Jacksonville, Florida! Hardcoverpages. This book could be used in a Greek mythology unit, or possibly as an example of a modern fairy tale.

I loved this book, and if you like mysteries you will love it too! Oct 30, Aelvana rated it it was amazing.