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This is an interesting tale of parental responsibility, told within the realm of otherworldly beings attempting to lead "normal lives."

When Gillian runs away from her guardian to visit her father, she literally flies into trouble.

She sprouts her vampire wings for the first time at the age of twelve. She knows her half-human father has no interest in her, but she will tackle that problem when she sees him -- after she explains all the narrow escapes that bring her to his doorstep.

Gillian finds support from her father, uncle and their friends, who are an odd assortment of vampires, telepaths and half-humans.

They rescue her from kidnappers and form a major backdrop for the story. The villains are obvious but tricky, which makes figuring out their schemes worth the read.

(Sep. '03, 260 pp., $13.25)

Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Brown