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Tommy Donbavand
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6 Oct 2008 Scream Street
In Scream Street, Luke and his parents discover a nightmarish world of the undead. Luke soon makes friends with vampire Resus Negative and mummy Cleo Farr, but he remains determined to take his terrified parents home. After liberating the powerful book Tales of Scream Street from his new landlord, Otto Sneer, Luke learns that the founding fathers of the community each left behind a powerful relic. Collecting together all six is his only hope of opening a doorway out of the street, so with the help of Resus and Cleo he sets out to find the first one, the vampire’s fang. But with Otto Sneer determined to thwart him at every turn, will Luke even get past the first hurdle alive?

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (6 Oct 2008)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1406320609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406320602
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tommy Donbavand was born in Liverpool, England - but doesn't know any of The Beatles. When he was 11, his parents moved to Lancashire and, because they didn't trust him to forward the post, he had to go with them.

After an early career as a clown called Wobblebottom (no, really!), he joined the cast of the West End musical, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story where he played the Clearlake MC for a total of eight years, including stints on the UK tour and in Toronto, Canada.

Tommy then moved into the world of theatre production, where he wrote, directed and appeared in theatre tours such as Robinson Crusoe, Hey Diddle Diddle, and Goldilocks & The Three Bears.

As an author, Tommy's new series of comedy horror novels, Scream Street, is published by Walker Books in the UK, Candlewick Press in the USA and major foreign publishers in many territories around the world. He also wrote five titles in the Too Ghoul For School series, published by Egmont Press under their 2Heads imprint.

He has recently written two books for specialist publisher, Barrington Stoke: Zombie! and The Uniform - and his book of drama activities for teachers, Making a Drama Out of a Crisis (Network Continuum), was published in April 2009.

The activities in Tommy's non-fiction books such as Boredom Busters and Quick Fixes For Bored Kids helped him to become a regular guest on radio stations around the UK. He even made several appearances on BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright In The Afternoon as the kids entertainment guy.

Tommy also writes for a number of magazines, such as the Times Educational Supplement, Practical Professional Child Care, Creative Steps and Scholastic's Junior Education. He was also one of the writers for the hit CBBC series, Planet Cook and pens tales from the island of Sodor for Thomas & Friends magazine.

In addition to his writing and acting, Tommy also runs creative writing workshops in primary schools across the north of England, teaches writing to adults and organises storytelling courses for SureStart.

Tommy spent a year as the writer-in-residence at Seven Stories, the centre for children's books in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and is very proud to have recently been made the UK's first RIF Ambassador by Reading Is Fundamental (part of the National Literacy Trust), attached to a primary school in Middlesbrough.

Tommy writes full-time and lives in Lancashire with his family. He has started to see sleep as a waste of good writing time.

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After Luke Watson transforms into a werewolf for the third time, he and his parents are moved by the Government Housing of Unusual Lifeforms (G.H.O.U.L.) to Scream Street – a community of vampires, zombies, witches and more.

About the Author

Tommy Donbavand was born in Liverpool and has worked at a number of careers that include clown, actor, theatre producer, storyteller and writer. His two non-fiction books for children, Boredom Busters and Quick Fixes for Bored Kids, have helped him to become a regular guest on radio stations around the UK. Tommy now writes for a number of UK magazines, including Creative Steps and Scholastic’s Junior Education, and he was one of the writers for the hit CBBC series Planet Cook. He lives in Northumberland with his family.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast and fun read, mixing humour and horror... 21 Sep 2008
By Stuart Moses VINE VOICE
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This is the first in a series of spooky adventures aimed at 7-9 year olds. The lead characters - a werewolf, a vampire and a mummy - are good company. I particularly enjoyed the vampire's cloak, which contains a seemingly endless supply of useful items. There's a basic quest structure, with each book in the series seeing our heroes pursuing a different relic.

This novel contains a strong mix of humour and horror. There are moments of great comic invention, including the time when a skeletal dog gets confused and buries itself. Sadly there is also a chapter featuring flatulent goblins, though no doubt this body-based humour will appeal to the book's target audience. It's difficult to know what will frighten children, but I'd say there's enough terror here to excite, but not enough to disturb.

The pace of this book is so swift there's little room for depth. On the other hand I am intrigued to know how the characters will fare in their quest. The concept of 'Scream Street' - basically where monsters are deported to from our world - is interesting. Perhaps later books will allow a little more time for world building as the glimpses given here are fascinating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right up my Street 28 Sep 2008
Really good childrens Comedy/Horror. I am a long way from being young but I loved the book. Very clever idea to have a street where all the Monsters can be sent.
Maybe an idea for a political party to take on-board, vote catcher??

I think that the age group that it is aimed at (7 to 9 year olds) will love it and want to read the rest of the 12 book series. This author understands what young people find funny. I will read this book to my grandchildren, 7 year old twins.

The book reads at a terrific pace, no time to get bored in Scream Street.
The characters are full of "life"??? and will become well loved by the readers, even if some of them are a bit nasty. Smelly trumping Goblins, eccentric Zombies, talking book, educated skeleton etc.

I see this series of books as having all the hallmarks for a series of movies.
I have read some of Tommy Donbavands other books and some that he wrote under a pen name B. Strange. He wrote most of the "Too Ghoul For School" series of books.
Well done yet again to this author.
Looking forward to the rest of the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good first book that shows much promise 27 Sep 2008
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I quite enjoyed this book. Aimed at the higher age of primary school readers (7-9 year olds) this will probably hit the mark fairly well. The story opens well, fast-paced from the start and well-pitched to keep the aimed age group involved in the story.

The story is aimed at being part of a series of books that will see the lead charcter (a boy who has just started becoming a werewolf) and his gang of friends (a 'vampire' and a mummy) as they attempt to change things for the better on the eponymous 'Scream Street'. It is funny and the plot is quite clever if possibly a bit easy to guess the twists for smarter children. The book brings some good themes out as well; friendship, teamwork, fairness and looking beyond first impressions all feature heavily and they are done in a really nice style and so don't feel too heavy-handed.

In conclusion I'd recommend this book for kids who like their ghouls and goblins, and even for those who don't. Funny, quick and enjoyable I think this is a good book for young readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little rushed... 1 Oct 2008
By Richard Madgin VINE VOICE
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This is an interesting idea which I'm sure will appeal to many children, especially boys. However, I don't think the book was well executed... the pace of the story felt a little rushed and plot developments came all too easily. Does the author think that modern day children don't have the patience to finish a longer more in-depth book? Judging by the recent success of the Potter series which grew ever longer as the story progressed I'd question the choice to make this book so brief.

Also I felt that at times the blood and gore talk was over-emphasized and unnecessary. Not that I'm the kind of person that thinks this kind of thing will influence children unduly... it's more than it made the book seem sometime silly. Children will probably love it for the gore though as it will make them think "yuck!".
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Scream Street" series book 1 27 Sep 2008
By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Luke Watson and his parents are moved into Scream Street by GHOUL (Government Housing Of Unusual Lifeforms) when he transforms into a werewolf and attacks a school bully. Unfortunately his normal parents remain terrified and are unable to adjust to a neighbourhood which houses vampires, mummies, poltergeists, zombies and witches, so Luke decides to find a way to return them home.

Befriended by vampire Resus Negative and mummy Cleo Farr, Luke is on a mission to find a book; "Skipstone's Tales of Scream Street" and uncover the clues hidden inside it to locate 6 relics with the power to open a doorway to the normal world. Unfortunately this book is in the possession of the horrid Sir Otto Sneer who refuses them access to it, not that this is a drawback for our young and unusual heroes.

This is a great book for the recommended reading age of 7 to 9 year olds and suitable for both "ghouls and boys". There is plenty of humour mixed in with the action as Luke, Resus and Cleo face a variety of interesting situations and enemies with some imaginative resources at their disposal (namely Resus' magic cloak).

A further 3 books are scheduled for release in October this year; "Blood of the Witch", "Heart of the Mummy" and "Flesh of the Zombie" followed by another 2 more books every 6 months until the end of 2010 (12 in total) and I'm sure fans of "Fang of the Vampire" will be eager to get their hands on them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Kids absolutely love the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I really liked the book. It was a fast moving incredible story. It is about monsters and werewolves living in a small community.
Published 14 months ago by ScottishLass
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
It was great I enjoyed it and I would recommend it to anyone and anyone who doesn't like it I would strap to a chair and make them read it 3,000,000,000 Times!
Published 18 months ago by Mr James hope
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story & harmlessly funny!
Am reading this collection with my 10yr old - witty, good story and very well written! We both enjoyed this book & looked forward to the next one!
Published 20 months ago by Purpletiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Arrived on time. Bought this for my son (10) he loved it. Bought the other 12 in the series too.
Published 21 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars little one enjoyed it!
my little girl loved it!! read it quickly and was her first proper book (she's 7!) and I have now gone on to buy the box set for her!
Published 22 months ago by R M Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Screem Street series
I read this to my 7 year old and enjoyed it as much as he did! We have now read the whole series. They are cleaver books, very funny and engaging, and he couldn't wait to read... Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2011 by Gilly H
3.0 out of 5 stars It never turned up
I'd review this but it never arrived. I had an exchange of emails with Amazon, but as I was sending my email from a new account, and not the one they had a record if, they said... Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2010 by Mrs. R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fang of the Vampire
Fang of the Vampire is a brilliant introduction to Scream Street, with murder, mystery and mayhem all par for the course on this unusually shaped street. Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2010 by Jenny, Wondrous Reads
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read
My son really enjoyed this story, he couldn't put it down until it was finished. Great read. I'd recommend this , suitable for girls or boys
Published on 24 Sep 2009 by M. A. Coyle
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