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Firefly Press Ltd
Paperback / softback
Who is the mysterious bloodstained man who stops their coach? Why is no one around when Lance and the rest of Year Six arrive at the brand new Crater Lake activity centre? But this is just the beginning of the school trip from hell; a fight for survival that sees five pupils band together to save their classmates from an alien fate far worse than death. But whatever happens, they must Never. Ever. Fall asleep!
A perfect middle-grade horror featuring zombie teachers, bug-eyed students and a school trip like no other! Lance and his friends are headed for Crater Lake, a supposedly new and innovative activity centre. With his nemesis Ms Hoche in charge and annoying Head Boy Trent for company, Lance feels that the trip might be a series of unpleasant surprises; but nothing can prepare the students of Montmorency High for the horrors of what lies ahead. Planning a midnight feast, Lance sneaks out to meet his friends only to find all his fellow students locked-in their rooms. Events take a sinister turn when he realises that some of them have developed terrifying zombie-like mannerisms. Realising that the change must have occurred when they were asleep, Lance and his friends Kat, Chets and Mak must find a way to reverse the process...and stay awake. Jennifer Killick's latest book is full of sharp and contemporary dialogue that should have wide appeal and the clever activity centre setting allows for all sorts of parentless adventure. It's a winning combination of horror and humour with a strong emphasis on loyalty, friendship and teamwork. A wonderfully sinister read! 242 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Clare Wilkins, school librarian
Suggested Reading Age 9+