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The Monster Variations

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Someone is killing boys in a small town. The weapon is a truck and the only protection is a curfew enacted to keep kids off the streets. But it's summer, and that alone is worth the risk for James, Willie, and Reggie.

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Someone is killing boys in a small town. The weapon is a truck and the only protection is a curfew enacted to keep kids off the streets. But it's summer, and that alone is worth the risk for James, Willie, and Reggie.

Product Details
eBook (192 pages)
Published: August 11, 2009
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Imprint: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780375892646
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