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PHBC – Freeze Tag by Caroline B Cooney

 


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Do you remember the Point Horror Book Series from the 90’s?  The Point Horror Series was a series of young adult point horror books and was launched in 1991 by Scholastic always with the Point Horror banner on the spine and on the top of every point horror book.  There were a number of authors that wrote these books for Scholastic: R L Stine, Diane Hoh, Caroline B Cooney, Sinclair Smith to name but a few.

Are the Point Horror books we loved as a teenager still our favourites on the re-read?  Are you new to Point Horror?  Has our opinion changed?  Are they still as good?  Do they stand up to modern day YA Horror?  Or are they a whole load of cray cray?

Lets find out…

#pointhorrorbookclub

 Join in the discussion with this months title!

Freeze Tag by Caroline B Cooney

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Don’t forget to use the #pointhorrorbookclub on twitter so I can see your thoughts or tweet me using @chelleytoy

 There is a link to a poll at the bottom of this post to vote for your next #pointhorrorbookclub read! The next book will be announced on 17th December 2015

For links to #pointhorrorbookclub posts old and new, Point Horror guest posts and interviews with Point Horror authors please click here

We also have a fantastic guest post from the lovely author and Point Horror fan Sophie Cleverly – HERE!


** Please note that as this is a discussion there will be spoilers**


The Tagline

Cold hands…evil heart

Okay ….so…What’s It All About?

In a little town there is a road called Dark Fern Lane and four children play a game called Freeze Tag.

Awwwww Freeze Tag I remember that game!  It was fun!

Not the way Lannie plays it….she plays it for realises!  With one touch she can freeze you so you can feel cold passing through your heart and snow piling on top of your eyes and basically going into another world……DEATH!

Ooookkkkaaaayyyy….Lannie sounds like she would be good to play Christmas board games with!

Wrong!  After making local hunk West promise to like her best (seriously) a few years later when Meggie-Mogs and West are getting it on Lannie gently reminds everyone of the promise that was made that must not be broken!

Oh No!  What will happen if Meggie-Mogs and West try to have a sneaky kiss!?  No one can stand in the way of true love!

One touch by Lannie and they will take Freeze Tag to a whole new meaning and be frozen FOREVER!

And Lannie never lets anything get in the way of her and her man!

The Girl

Meghan Moore – little old Meggie-Mogs!  I actually quite liked the long thick haired, popular only child who, in my opinion, did not put her flute and piccolo playing to much use in this book.  Bless her…after adoring West all of her life after the prologue it made me smile that she finally got her man…well that’s until Lannie threatens to freeze her….to death!

She did at least try and fight for her man and I loved the relationship between her and her best friend Tuesday (West’s sister).

I also loved that special moment after being absent for half of the book that Meggie-Mogs shares a tender moment with her Mom with snuggles on the bed.  It was actually quite emotional.  At a point where Meghan had no one because of ice fingered Lannie.  Of course this was soon to be dashed by her Mom telling her to listen to her Dad and do as she is told and go outside to the girl who wants to kill her…but you know as long as Meggie-Mogs Dad is happy!  *tuts*

Given all this I loved how Megham thought the Trevor family are how families should be, but then maybe realises that she is possibly wrong after all.

The Love Interest

I cannot make my mind up if I like West Trevor the boy next door or not.  Sometimes I did.  Sometimes I didn’t.  Apparently his name sounds like a street or a town in Ireland (?), he owns all the best cassettes and cd’s, loves doing the dishes and calls all girls he doesn’t like babe?!?.  He is courteous, manages the football team, owns a Chevy that he can’t drive and has a long cross wide grin.

What’s not to love?

He was so loved up with Meghan, but then fear gripped him like an icicle and he was forced to dump Meghan and date Lannie through fear of his sister, Tuesday, becoming frozen by Lannie!

Sounds like an episode of Hollyoaks!

Hmmmmmm still can’t decide on him….

Lannie

The baddie of the book gets a whole heading to herself….basically I’m scared she will freeze me to death if I didn’t!

Skinny as a popsicle stick, wispy and as pale as Kleenex with long thin fingers that will terrify you and freeze you if touched!

Where did she get her freezing power from?

Did she grow up to be Elsa?

I’m not gonna lie she was truly terrifying!  Creeping around unseen and unheard, always standing as close as a sweater to share your oxygen (?) and with the smile of ice and snow she sent shivers down my spine on every page!

The back story of her Mom and Dad and their love for cars especially Jaguars was tragically strange, but gave us a good reason why she had absent parent syndrome.  Well, other than the fact that she freezes her Step Father to death sitting in his car, freezes the family dog because she is jealous and kills her Mom in a car crash by freezing her!

And don’t forget those pale bleached in wash eyes and cobra hood eyelids!

She was actually pretty scary!

The Gang

Tuesday, West’s little sister and Brown, West’s little brother make up the rest of the gang.  I didn’t make many notes on them, but I loved them both especially Brown.

And I can’t not mention the lovable feeder Mrs Trevor!  She was awesome!  She reminded me a bit of Mrs Weasley from Harry Potter!  Although I did feel a little let down that she feel for the it’s hard to park trick when West turned down driving her car and not realising that her son was being forced through fear of being frozen to date Lannie!

Oh also huge shout out to Z list character Valarie who whilst getting dating tips for West off his girlfiend Meghan so she could pretend to date him (who does that?!) calls Lannie a pale faced shrimpette from the zoo!  I hope off page Lannie froze her so she could never say such nasty things ever again!

Fashion Faux Pas

The only reference I picked up on was plaid wool pants and a dark sweater…..that’s not that bad is it?

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Dialogue Disasters

This is Caz Coo!  The Queen!  I found is quite hard to find dialogue disasters so as always here’s a few that made me giggle!

“Lannies eyes, as pale as though they has been bleached in the wash”

Ouch!

“What was the other side of Lannie made of?!”

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,  bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens…..oh wait!

“Probably no other family on earth with children named West, Tuesday and Brown”

I feel that Kim Kardashian and Chris Martin may have been fans of Point Horror and adopted this policy!

“Her heavy eyelids lifted like cobra heads”

:-0

“The sun fell like a wet plate out of a dishwashers hands”

This is my new excuse when I drop a plate and it smashes *angelic grin*

“Lannie tightened like a bow and arrow”

Tense!

“She whispered so hotly she could have lit a match with her breath”

We all feel like this after a super hot curry *passes breath mint*

“She couldn’t understand why she couldn’t just take West and walk off with him.  Sort of like shoplifting a lipstick”

I always wondered what shoplifting a lipstick would feel like!

“The only thing that moved was Lannies hand, stroking here, touching there…”

*coughs*

“Gag me with a spoon”

Erm before or after the stroking and touching 😉

“He took her to pizza hut Meghan!”

Dum Dum Dummmmmm!!!  Oh no!  How could he!

“I’m probably the only girl in America who has to defrost her boyfriend”

*passes hair dryer*

Body Count

Hmmmmmm…..body count off screen so to speak, but they still totally count!

Two human frozen bodies and one dog *sniffles*

Oh actually was their reference to an unknown school student in hospital too?

Is it scary?

I’m actually going to admit I found this quite scary.  I mean not in a scary jump out of your seat gruesome scary but definitely creepy scary!

The prologue when all the characters are younger captures youth and sets up the tone of the book and you really do feel every word as if it’s ice and cold and freezing throughout!  The prologue helped build a chilling back story and makes us fearful of Lannie from the offset!

I genuinely found myself feeling fearful when loved up Meghan and West take the mickey out of Lannie at the start of the book when the story jumps to the characters as teenagers.  You know it is not going to end well!

And that scene in West’s Chevy at night when Lannie is sitting there in the dark and brushes her fingers against them!  O.M.G!

Did the best friend do it?

There’s no mystery to this Point Horror.  It’s a straight up creepy Point Horror and you know who the baddie is from the off set.

Some Mild Peril?

I’m sure being frozen to death by someone’s touch is mild peril enough!

Is it any good?

Yes!  Yes!  Yes!  The queen of Point Horror does it again!  Another brilliant story of good versus evil and very much, in my opinion, like The Perfume a different tone from other Point Horror’s in the series almost like this was never meant to be an actual Point Horror.

Caz Coo is basically just a genius!

Although….the end?  Not sure how I feel about the end?  I presume all Lannie really wanted was to be loved and have friends……yep….that explains freezing people to death!

Final Thought

RIP Buttery Popcorn!  Cheese popcorn is all the rage now!

Although buttery popcorn did make an appearance to help the characters think towards the end of the book….fear not Billy!

Also who knew fresh snow and maple syrup make instant candy!  Mind Blown!

Over to you!

As well as your thoughts on the book I’ve added some fun questions to ponder!

  • The ending?  Did we like?  Not Like?
  • What did Lannie and West really get up to for three hours in his car?!
  • Who would you promise to like best to save your friend from getting frozen to death?
  • Cheese Popcorn, Buttery Popcorn or our knew Point Horror treat of Snow Candy?

You can leave a reply by using the reply button at the top of the page!

See you at #pointhorrorbookclub on 13th January 2016 !

You can vote for your next #PointHorrorBookClub read here!

Voting closes on the 17th December 2015!

And the winner was……

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Don’t forget to check out the fab  Point Horror guest post with author Sophie Cleverly – here

Also don’t forget the lovely Anne Finnis has said we can put some Point Horror related questions to her which she is going to answer over the Christmas break!  Do you have a question for Anne?  Let me know and I will include it in my Q&A with her which will go live next month!

The next read will be announced on the #pointhorrorbookclub page here and on twitter using the hashtag #pointhorrorbookclub on the 17th December 2015!

For links to #pointhorrorbookclub posts old and new, Point Horror guest posts and interviews with Point Horror authors please click here

Thanks for joining in….

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