Harris, Carrie Demon Derby, 291 p. Delacorte (Random), 2015. $18. Language: R (40 swears, 0 ‘f’); Violence: PG-13 (some blood); Mature Content: G.
Casey has survived her cancer treatments, but the world is still treating her as fragile. After she gets spooked by a stranger at a Halloween party, she decides it is time to take control, so she tries out with a friend for a local roller derby team. While she doesn’t make the final cut, she does meet the handsome and available team manager. As they get to know each other, however, she finds out that he isn’t even human – he’s a Sentinel, a demon hunter – and he needs her help, because so few humans can actually see demons. These local demons are operating out of a bobblehead factory, where they place trapped souls into the dolls which then corrupt the people who own them.
Okay, okay – I know it all sound s a little weird, but it is actually simultaneously funny, dangerous, and interesting. I just wish there wasn’t so much swearing. Watching Caey rebuild her strength and become more than “cancer survivor” is rewarding, along with the butt-kicking for the demons.
HS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher