Darren Shan's Visit to Skokie
May 11, 2004

More than three hundred students from Old Orchard Junior High, Fairview South, East Prairie, Oliver McCracken, and King Lab schools met bestselling author Darren Shan during his very special visit to Skokie Public Library. Shan is well known among junior high readers for his popular Cirque Du Freak fiction series. This growing collection of horror novels tells the tale of an ordinary schoolboy who joins the bizarre Cirque Du Freak book covertraveling troupe and enters the world of vampires and evil forces.

Students enjoyed hearing Shan speak about his books, his love of horror films, and other funny tales he had to share. At the morning presentation, Shan invited a few students to participate in a scene from one of the Cirque Du Freak books. It was a great day for the students and Library staff. Darren was so much fun and we wish him continued success with his writing career.

Take a look at Shan's note and photos from the day, and then be sure to visit Shanville on the Web to learn more about Darren Shan, his books, and the Cirque Du Freak series!

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Darren talks to students about his fascination with horror stories.

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Audience members help Darren act out a short scene from Cirque du Freak.
 

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Darren spends time with fans after the presentation. He autographed books and took time for photos.

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Darren with students from Old Orchard Junior High School.
 (Photo courtesy of S. Accardi)
 

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Darren and "Madame Octa," the larger-than-life tarantula
created by Library artist Susan Teller.
 

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Fairview (left) and East Prairie School students dare to stand beneath Madame Octa in the Youth Services Department.
 

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Darren with Ashley Sero, the mistress of ceremonies who introduced Darren at his presentations in the Petty Auditorium.

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Darren with School Services Liaison Louise Barnett (left) and Linda Sawyer, Assistant Head of Youth Services.
 

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Darren enjoyed an entertaining lunch with Youth Services staff.