For 16-year old Charlie Harker, the news that his summer vacation will be spent helping his mom renovate an old inn in the middle of nowhere is about as bad as it gets. But that was before Charlie had to deal with Miles Van Helsing, his irritating new neighbour, who just might be completely insane. After all, there isn't really otherworldly happenings going on in the tiny town of Rolling Hills... is there?
So begins James Leck's After Dark (Kids Can Press), a young adult novel that is as funny as it is suspenseful. Prankster Charlie is a great character to carry the action of this clever tale of things that go bump in the night.