A Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak Book 1)
By Darren Shan
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2002
272 pages (paperback)
Darren Shan and his best friend, Steve, get tickets to the Cirque Du Freak, a wonderfully gothic freak show featuring weird, frightening half human/half animals who interact terrifyingly with the audience. In the midst of the excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognizes that one of the performers— Mr. Crepsley— is a vampire!
Stever remains after the show finishes to confront the vampire— but his motives are surprising! In the shadows of a crumbling theater, a horrified Darren eavesdrops on his friend and the vampire, and is witness to a monstrous, disturbing plea. As if by destiny, Darren is pulled to Mr. Crepsley and what follows is his forrifying descent into the dark and bloody world of vampires.
This is Darren's story.
Two boys who are best friends visit an illegal freak show, where an encounter with a vampire and a deadly spider forces them to make life-changing choices. (from barnesandnoble.com)
This book was a great read because it’s not too scary or not scary at all. Also, at the end of the book, it left me on a cliff-hanger. It irritated me when he took forever describing some things… so that could be improved. Yes, [I would recommend this to a middle schooler] because it is about a teenager who goes on this adventure as a vampire.