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The Vampire's Assistant

Darren Shan. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $15.95 (256pp) ISBN 978-0-316-60610-3

In The Vampire's Assistant, the second installment of the series begun with Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan, the hero returns to the old-fashioned freak show where, thanks to Mr. Crespley, he became a ""half-vampire."" Darren once again struggles against the urge to feed upon the human blood his health requires. (Sept.)