“Wenger knows her audience well,” writes Suzanne Morris of Kid Lit Reviews on Wenger’s first book, The Ghost in Me, which earned such praises as, “Love, love, love!” and “A fun read!” Her other children's book, Little Red Riding Hood, Into the Forest Again, earned 2011 KART Kids Book List Award and the 2012 Purple Dragonfly HM Award. If early reviews of Reality Bites are on the mark, Wenger may be set to please her young readers again. Reality Bites is hitting home with young and old alike; and Wenger couldn’t be happier.
“My middle school years—although plagued with your typical stresses—were loaded with fun. Perhaps that’s why I love writing for this market. I particularly like targeting my books reluctant readers. But while I like to entertain, I also hope that by the end of my stories, my characters have grown in a way that inspires my readers to conquer whatever issues they face.”
Indeed, MacKenzie Bonapart has familiar issues to deal with in Reality Bites, like bullies, secret crushes, and the expectations of growing up in a paranormal family. But for a girl who may be half-dead, Mackenzie knows how to grab life by the horns; and she lives it to the fullest, even if it is in the quirkiest of ways. From its opening lines of, “It’s because of the whole dead bunny thing … that I’ve taken up lying…” to the closing scenes that are full of fun twists, magic and discovery, Reality Bites, Tales of a Half-Vampire provides a fun read for tweens in search of their own destinies.
Reality Bites, Tales of a Half-Vampire is available in ebook and paperback formats from major online booksellers. For more information about Shaunda Wenger’s other books and upcoming events, visit www.shaundawenger.blogspot.com.