I can't wait to share the character diary entry that Vanessa Barger sent us for today's stop on the SUPER FREAK blog tour hosted by Chapter by Chapter. While you're here be sure to check out the book and the giveaway at the bottom of the post! Click the banner above to check out the rest of the tour!
About The Book
Super Freak by Vanessa Barger
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Tantrum Books
Genre: MG, Fantasy
Thirteen-year-old Caroline is a freak. Her parents have uprooted her to a town full of Supernaturals. You’d think she’d be thrilled. But, with someone without a magical bone in her body, this daughter of tree sprites feels like even more of an outcast than she has ever before.
To make matters worse, her new home is cursed. But when Caroline takes to investigating the mysterious and strange happenings of Harridan House, her BFF goes missing. Seems someone doesn’t want Caroline sticking her non-magical nose where it most certainly does not belong. Determined to prove herself, Caroline uncovers a plot to destroy her new hometown.
Undeterred, Caroline can’t give up. But what’s a human without magical powers to do? Caroline better figure it out fast, before she loses everything she has ever loved and the whispers she’s heard all her life prove true: Caroline is a useless superfreak.
I should really give you a name. Diary is kind of boring. Louise? Beatrice?
Meh. I’ll stick with the traditional for now, but I’ll think about it.
Anyhow, we’ve moved. Again.
Of course, I wasn’t thrilled about moving, but Dad talked it up. And I was going along with it until today. We barely pulled into town, and this guy gets tossed out of an exploding store and into the road! Dad almost ran over him.
Now I kind of wish he’d run over me. The guy turned out to be my new principal. Seriously? Only I would have the bad luck of meeting the head of my newest school in the middle of the road. I can only hope he won’t remember me if he sees me at school, but seeing as I’m the only freak of nature around, that’s probably unlikely.
Middle school kind of bites, and it hasn’t even started yet.
But when we drove through town, I saw the library. It looks pretty awesome. Big and old. I’ll bet the rare books room will have tons of cool things. If I can get a look inside. Depends on whether they have an age limit on theirs. I hope not. All the interesting stuff is always in the places no one thinks the kids wants to go.
Then there’s the house. You will be happy to hear, Diary, that this place has bathrooms that work. Really, that’s the important part. And I only had to call Dad to kill one spider. It needs some work, but then I can’t remember a house my parents moved us to that didn’t. I’m in a round room. Like, totally round. It’s kind of cool. Mom and Dad don’t seem to care for it much, but I like it. There are carvings all over the place too. It’s almost too much, but it’s kind of like a fungus. It grows on you after a while. Like one of those “it’s so ugly it’s adorable” things.
I hope we stay here this time. Even if it’s just until I finish high school. It would be nice to be in one place long enough to actually make some friends. Dad said we’re staying. And he’s got the boxes with him.
Those boxes. I’m dying to see inside, but he’s made very sure to keep everything locked up. Someday I’ll get in there and find out what he’s hiding. He should know better than to think he can keep a puzzle locked up and away from me forever.
Mom says we’re cleaning tomorrow, and I figure she’ll be in here disgustingly early to wake me up.
I’ll write more later.
About The Author
Vanessa Barger was born in West Virginia, and through several moves ended up spending the majority of her life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a graduate of George Mason University and Old Dominion University, and has degrees in Graphic Design, a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, and a Masters in Technology Education. She has had articles published in Altered Arts Magazine, has had some artwork displayed in galleries in Ohio and online, and currently teaches engineering, practical physics, drafting and other technological things to high school students in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), the Virginia Writer’s Club, and the Hampton Roads Writers. When not writing or teaching, she’s a bookaholic, movie fanatic, and loves to travel. She is married to a fabulous man, and has one cat, who believes Vanessa lives only to open cat food cans, and can often be found baking when she should be editing.
Contest ends October 12, 2015
· Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Super Freak by Vanessa Barger (INT)