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The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie (Johnny Dixon Book 9) [Kindle Edition]

John Bellairs , Brad Strickland
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Book Description

When Dr. Charles Coote—a noted folklorist and old friend of Professor Childermass—returns from a conference in New Orleans, he brings home a small, sinister drum. It’s made entirely of black wood with red leather straps and small, white bones. Nobody takes Dr. Coote’s worries about the drum very seriously, until Fergie taps it a few times and releases an unspeakable evil. Suddenly, Johnny and Fergie and the professor find themselves battling the imposing Madame Sinestra, a voodoo priestess who seeks the magical drum for her evil Caribbean cult. Spells, zombies, and voodoo demons beset our heroes and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Can they save Dr. Coote? Will they make it out alive? This ninth book in the Johnny Dixon series was completed by Brad Strickland after John Bellairs died, and it has all the spooky thrills that make these mysteries classics.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 697 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Young Readers (1 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J84L3Q4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Horror, or Science Fiction Books 18 Jan. 1998
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter -- move over!! 25 Jan. 2001
By M. Bouchard - Published on
I got interested in John Bellairs books after I read a reader review of a Harry Potter book which talked about these books as even better than HP -- and you know, he was right! These are really well-written books. I've read about 6 Bellairs books with my kids (ages 10 and 11) and this was by far the scariest. This one seemed to have more: more humor, more fright, more heart, as well as the usual excellent character development. (oh yeah, my kids really enjoyed the book too.) The scary scenes are really vivid, but ideal for my boys' age group. They just love this stuff.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a deliciuosly chilling yarn 5 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
I have loved John Bellairs' gothic horrors since I was a liitle boy, and could not pass up the chance to read a new tale with my old friends Johnny Dixon and Professor Childermass. I admit my skepticism about the story being fleshed out by someone other than Mr. Bellairs, who, sadly, had passed away a few years ago. But in the first few lines, and through to the end, Brad Strickland did not fail me; the story came through with the same atmosphere and feeling of the best John Bellairs, complete with the warm humor that brings you back safely from the dark evils encountered by our heroes. This story is my favorite since The Curse of The Blue Figurine and I have reread it probably six times. To anyone considering the purchase of this book I say,grant yourself the privelage.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the scariest Bellairs/Bellairsesque novels ever! 16 July 2000
By EA Solinas - Published on
Good grief, this was amazingly, shriekingly good!
Johnny and Professor Childermass take a detour into the darkest side of voodoo, known as voudon. When, at a get-together with one of the professor's friends, Fergie begins playing and singing ("Babaloo") a tiny leather drum, the lights unexpectedly go out.
Soon the friend is ill, raving and finally falling into a coma. A creepy old woman and a mysterious man are lurking nearby. Some of the most affecting scenes is where the professor finds the hideous creature growing in a pillow, and when he battles the horrifying snakelike demon.
But taking the prize is the zombie mentioned in the title. Holy cow.
This is a genuinely scary book-for heaven's sake, don't read it at night.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting little mystery 16 Aug. 2001
By "evilgrrlfriday" - Published on
I'm not quite sure where John Bellairs finished and Brad Strickland started, and that's probably a good thing. All the characters from the other Johnny Dixon mysteries are back: timid Johnny, the outrageous professor, meek Dr. Coote, practical Father Higgins and matter of fact Fergie.
The book begins when Dr. Coote shows his friends a drum that was given to him by a mysterious young man. As usual, the professor scoffs at it, although Dr. Coote is still worried, because of his extensive knowledge of voudon, an evil voodoo cult on a fictional Caribbean island. Fergie then takes the drum and beats it while screaming "babaloo! babaloo!" which sets a chain of terrifying events into action.
Dr. Coote has a nervous breakdown and a horrible old woman stalks Johnny and his family to find the drum, all while the friends scramble to figure out where the drum is and save their own necks in the process. There are some genuinely scary scenes involving a zombie, and later an exorcism.
Bellairs and Strickland have done an excellent job creating the mythology of Baron Samedi and the Priests of the Midnight Blood, the evil voudon cult on a French Caribbean island. It's a bit formulaic, and not absolutely perfect, but a taut, enjoyable mystery/horror book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book is great-- a classic from my youth, but . . . 23 Jan. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
This book and the entire Bellairs series are what got me into reading and reading a lot! Looking back as a college student, the vivid impressions made on me while reading the Bellairs books are what got me hooked on reading (the Hardy Boys were instrumental as well). To give a child a love for reading while they are young is probably the best way to ensure academic success in the future. I know this as I graduate now with a 4.0 gpa!
My only qualm is the artwork for the new books. Ugh! The cover illustrations of the old ones were MUCH better. Buy the book for the quality reading inside, though.
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