The Devouring by Simon Holt

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When Reggie finds an old journal and reads about the Vours, supernatural creatures who feast on fear and attack on the eve of the winter solstice, she assumes they are just the musings of some lunatic author. But soon, they become a terrifying reality when she begins to suspect that her timid younger brother might be one of their victims.

Risking her life and her sanity, Reggie enters a living nightmare to save the people she loves. Can she devour own her fears before they devour her?

Bone-chilling, terrifying, thrilling...what are you waiting for?
 

About Simon Holt

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Simon Holt's writing career began with a horror fanzine in high school, the publishing of which overheated the school's photocopier. Undaunted by after-school detention, he's continued writing ever since. Holt supported himself as a hotel night clerk and a handbag salesman before becoming a full-time novelist. A comic book collector and amateur musician, he makes his home in Chicago.
 
Published September 1, 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 240 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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When, as a prank, Reggie and her friend Aaron attempt to summon a Vour, things go horribly awry and a Vour takes over the body of her little brother, Henry.

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The Bookbag

If you don't make the mistake of pausing – and this doesn't invite you to ever stop turning the pages, in truth – you will find a book that consistently gives us strong energy levels, yet has a nice balance of pace throughout its drama.

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Common Sense Media

The Vours are pretty creepy, even if the plot occasionally feels like horror redux (knowing comments like "Who knew my deepest fears were so damn cliché?"

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Nights and Weekends

I’m beginning to enjoy young adult novels more than most novels meant for grown-ups, and Mr. Holt brings readers an imaginative and downright spooky read with The Devouring.

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Kidz World

Reggie and her best friend Aaron are fascinated by all things horror—movies, books, serial killers, legends—unlike Reggie’s eight-year-old brother who can hardly sleep in his bed alone, especially since their mom abandoned them.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

The race to overcome fear and beat an unbeatable enemy sends Reggie into one of these wicked nightmares that could physically kill her.

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