By Vanessa Barger
Publisher: Tantrum Books
Publication Date: October 13th, 2015
Thirteen-year-old Caroline is a freak. Her parents have uprooted her to a town full of Supernaturals. You’d think she’d be thrilled. But, with someone without a magical bone in her body, this daughter of tree sprites feels like even more of an outcast than she has ever before.
To make matters worse, her new home is cursed. But when Caroline takes to investigating the mysterious and strange happenings of Harridan House, her BFF goes missing. Seems someone doesn’t want Caroline sticking her non-magical nose where it most certainly does not belong. Determined to prove herself, Caroline uncovers a plot to destroy her new hometown.
Undeterred, Caroline can’t give up. But what’s a human without magical powers to do? Caroline better figure it out fast, before she loses everything she has ever loved and the whispers she’s heard all her life prove true: Caroline is a useless superfreak.
Hello! Thanks for having me today! You’ve asked me to tell you about my top five supernatural creatures. I’d be happy to oblige! Of course, picking only five is hard! There are so many to choose from!
- Ghosts – This is kind of cheating. There are LOTS of different types of ghosts, so under that one category are poltergeists and shadow figures and all kinds of things. I love them because they were once a person with a past, and now they’re a ghost so they can be all kinds of scary, or nice, or sympathetic, or a jerk, or any combination thereof. There’s just so many possibilities with ghosts! There are none in SUPER FREAK. At least, not this book…
- Imps – In my mind, imps are tiny, so-ugly-they’re-cute creatures, with a wicked sense of humor and who live to create mischief. I believe in one old piece of writing I described them as looking like the offspring of a Barbie and a tiny Newfoundland that had been hit by a Mack truck. Imagine that, if you will. I just love their sarcasm and sense of humor. Though I will admit they sometimes run to the crude.
- Shapeshifter – I didn’t pick just one kind, because let’s be serious, it’s pretty cool either way. If I could change my shape into a wolf or fox or cat, it would be amazing. In my mind, they’re just regular people with extended lifespans and some really cool weekend activities. I always assume they’d live in some sort of pack-like situation, because going it alone would be much less fun. There are some shapeshifters in SUPER FREAK. Mr. Grouseman, for instance, is a werewolf.
- Vampires – I know, everyone says they’re so passé, but they are still pretty awesome. They live forever, have magic, and get to see all kinds of history first hand. I mean, you have that whole pesky blood thing, and you probably shouldn’t get photographed too often, but it’s still pretty interesting. There are several vampires in the book, all from two families. Diana is a dhampir, which is kind of like vampire-lite.
- The Loch Ness Monster – This isn’t a type of creature, unless we’re talking general lake monsters, but I have always had a fascination with Nessie. Maybe its because we share a nickname, maybe its because it’s in Scotland, (my top place to visit on my wish list), maybe its because there’s so much information that says so little. But in my mind, Nessie and her lake monster friends are all dinosaur hybrids that managed to adapt and change to live in their lakes. And they have to be pretty smart, or they’d have been found out a long time ago. There haven’t been any lake monsters yet in SUPER FREAK, but you can’t rule anything out in later books!
Vanessa Barger was born in West Virginia, and through several moves ended up spending the majority of her life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a graduate of George Mason University and Old Dominion University, and has degrees in Graphic Design, a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, and a Masters in Technology Education. She has had articles published in Altered Arts Magazine, has had some artwork displayed in galleries in Ohio and online, and currently teaches engineering, practical physics, drafting and other technological things to high school students in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), the Virginia Writer’s Club, and the Hampton Roads Writers. When not writing or teaching, she’s a bookaholic, movie fanatic, and loves to travel. She is married to a fabulous man, and has one cat, who believes Vanessa lives only to open cat food cans, and can often be found baking when she should be editing.
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