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Tara Herpecheveux, whose head is covered with glowing, golden, dreadlock-like curls of hair, wants Parker to introduce her to kids all over. About 4 chapters later Parker noticed that his dreadlock was twitching and had a Shusterman was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Tara Russell. Updated 22 February Transcript. Book and Beyond. Tara Russell. Period 3. Dread Locks by Neal Shusterman.

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The more shsuterman gets to know her, the stranger everyone around him acts until he realizes he needs to stop her. Subjects, Themes, and Big Ideas: Currently Neal is adapting his novel Everlost as a feature film for Universal Studios. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. And, since I finished this in one morning, it’s clearly the sort of book that catches you and makes you want to keep reading. He starts to get a clue when his own family falls under Tara’s curse.

NealShusterman December 22, All Tara wants is a friend and that friend is going to be Parker, whether he likes it or not. I rummaged through my bookshelves and found a copy of Dark Fusion: Also in Dark Fusion. Still, he finished it in a day. For his birthday he gets a statue of himself from his parents, and better yet a motorbike from his brother.

I love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love this book. In the years suhsterman, Neal has made his mark as a successful novelist, screenwriter, and television writer.

And I thought this was a good story. Jun 02, Ambar Negron rated it it was amazing. I came in thirty nal later to start him on math, and I couldn’t tear him away from the book.

He has even tried his hand at creating Games, having developed three successful “How to Host a Mystery” game for teens, as well as seven “How to Host a Murder” games. I loved this book, and if you like mysteries you will love it too!


But strange things happen to the people Tara meets. When you can have everything, you find there’s nothing you really want.


He’s always been given everything he’s ever wanted, due to the fact that his parents are wealthy. Also by Neal Shusterman.

Dread Locks

Everyone seemed to be turning a pale gray color, drinking tons of milk, not caring about anything, and eating mud. But Tara’s strangeness, and undeniable attractability, is a hodge-podge of attributes–she’s exotically beautiful, has the strangest blond dread locks, always wears mirrored sunglasses, and has an aversion shusternan the belief of shusgerman property.

I had a hard enough time with the mythos of the Medusa and that’s what attracted me to the book in the first place.

No one is capable of ripping off our blinders the way that Neal Shusterman does, giving light the chance to stream in and illuminate reality for us even if we’d rather not look; however, souls brave enough to be shown the truth might find that as their comprehension of their own unfathomably jeal lack of understanding increases, so does their ability to accept the things they cannot change, and therefore to stay afloat when the swift rivers of life threaten to drag them beneath the turbulent waters’ surface.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. No thought was given to why they felt comfortable in the third bed.

The surprises that build up so masterfully in Dread Locks go beyond what I ever would have guessed, getting behind our normal reactionary defenses to reach our hearts in a way that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Quotes from Dread Locks. What happened to Parker right before the end was the main reason I love this book.

I thought it was a great book, denfinatly worth reading. Lists with This Book. Neal Shusterman is an award-winning author and screenwriter. For his birthday, his brother bought him a motocross bike, and suusterman parents gave him a statue.

But apart from the irritating ending, the book plays well with the horror angle. We want what we want when we shustermwn it, and we always want it now.

DREAD LOCKS by Neal Shusterman | Kirkus Reviews

After all, he’s the only guy she’s hung out with who hasn’t contracted this weird disease that makes people crave milk and sand. He cleverly weaves together familiar parts of fairy tales and Greek mythology to tell the story of fourteen-year-old Parker Bear, rich and utterly bored with life—until a new girl arrives in town. Eating kitty litter with milk, statues with fingerprints, and other unexplained until the very end behaviors will keep readers turning the pages even as they shudder to think what will come next.


The entire concept of middle child characters has lots of potential but Parker isn’t the middle in a full school of identities like Brendan in Brick. Parker and Tara became close friends.

Mar 21, Renee Hess rated it it was ok. Nov 13, Alecia Smith rated it really liked it. Positive, with a dark ending Anyone else going in blind like I did would have assumed, as I did, that this was merely a contemporary story based on the Medusa mythos. Parker is a son of a rich family who lives in a fairly mansion like house. Students could also compare Dread Locks to another modern Greek myth retelling, such as The Lightning Thiefone of the books in the Medusa Girls series, or another Greek myth retelling book.

The crack in my life was the fact that I had everything I wanted, or could ever want-and when you have it all, boredom grows like a fungus, coating everything you own and everything you feel. Parker Baer as an adult. Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. However, it is the gross-out factor that readers will remember. Once Tara Medusa takes Parker under her wing and changes him into her kind he becomes immortal.

Wherever Neal goes, he quickly earns a reputation as a storyteller and dynamic speaker.