Review: Dread Locks by Neal Shusterman

by Captain Lyaf Yarr

Title: Dread Locks
Author: Neal Shusterman
Format: Paperback
# of pages: 176
Grade Reading Level:

Summary: Parker Baer is spoiled. He has everything he’s ever wanted and then some. But the only problem is that he thinks his life is dull and boring. He rethinks this observation after a girl named Tara moves in the house across from them alone. If that wasn’t suspicious enough, she has hair that is almost lifelike, as if she has snakes for hair. She always wears sunglasses and claims she has a bad eye condition. Her house is full of beautiful “sculpted” statues… with fingerprints? She stares people down as if they’re prey and she changes people with her eyes. All Tara wants is a friend and that friend is going to be Parker, whether he likes it or not. Once Tara (Medusa) takes Parker under her wing and changes him into her kind he becomes immortal. But he realizes that he doesn’t want this! Can he escape and change what Tara has done? Will Tara get her friend? Will the people she’s changed be turned back to normal?

Why I Started the Book:

I started this book because it was assigned as a school reading book.


  • I enjoyed the reading this book. I was kept on the edge of my chair in suspense. I’m defiantly going to be reading the sequel and other books by Neal Shusterman!
  • On the back of this book it said it was a mix between the three little bears and Medusa. And I love how these different stories joined together.
  • This book was both predictable and unpredictable. It was predictable because I knew it was Medusa and she was going to do bad and turn everyone into statues but besides that I had no idea what else would happen. Since we were reading together as a class we weren’t allowed to read ahead. It was terrible! The waiting was killing me!


  • I wish the ending was different and that Parker’s choice had been something else. I can’t say what without giving the ending away.

Buy: Dread Locks #1 (Dark Fusion)

Book Rating: I give this Book 4.5 Stars!

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  1. I have not read the book, but it sounds really really good and interesting and i would like to!!!!!

  2. I love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love this book. The best book I’ve ever read. <3

  3. Jacob Muhleck

    Omg this book was fantastic it kept me so deep into the book I knew there was something up with Tara when I was reading this for my book report well at first it was for fun but I really enjoyed this I would’ve never thought she was medusa or the fact Parker’s older brother turned to stone I felt bad and for Dante

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