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While created as part of licensed material, it has not been confirmed as part of the "real" Buffyverse.
|New School Nightmare|
|Publication date||September 25, 2018|
|Published by||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|Cover artist(s)||Carolyn Nowak|
An exciting and hilarious new middle grade story for anyone who likes (or doesn’t like) vampires!
Buffy Summers is just like any other student… except for the part where she’s also a secret vampire slayer. In every generation, one girl is granted great strength to stand against the forces of darkness. Of course, power doesn’t matter when it comes to eating lunch alone, getting picked on by the popular kids, or having way too much homework.
Luckily, Buffy finds her way with a can-do attitude, a weird Watcher, and new besties, Sarafina and Alvaro who might just have powers of their own. But will any of it be enough to turn the tide when an army of villainous vampires invade town? Can Buffy save herself, let alone the world?
Like Star Wars: Jedi Academy and DC Comics’s Secret Hero Society, this action-packed and fun-filled story is told through comics, journal entries, class notes, doodles, text messages, and other in-world artifacts.
This story is a remake of Buffy the Vampire Slayer using the series’ mythology, with Buffy Summers as the only character in common. Some key differences are:
- instead of being called at the age of fourteen ("The Origin"), Buffy is twelve;
- Buffy does not move from Los Angeles to Sunnydale ("Welcome to the Hellmouth"), but to Cleveland, another town based on a Hellmouth ("Chosen"), similarly to her Wishverse counterpart;
- her Watcher is Miss Sparks, instead of Merrick Jamison-Smythe ("The Origin") or the also librarian Rupert Giles;
- the Scooby Gang is composed of Buffy and new characters Sarafina, Alvaro, and Miss Sparks.
- the gang’s headquarters is the library of Cleveland West Middle School, in reference to the original Sunnydale High School library.
- Susan Brown
- Roger McKay
- Buffy Summers
- Hank Summers (Only mentioned)
- Joyce Summers
- Richard Wilkins (Only mentioned)
Organizations and titles
- Cat (Only mentioned)
- Bohg'Dar (Only mentioned)
- Brachen (Only mentioned)
- Dog (Only mentioned)
- Wolf (Only mentioned)
- California (Only mentioned)
- Cleveland, Ohio
Weapons and objects
- Unidentified vampire, staked by Buffy at the parking lot.
Behind the scenes
- In reference to her TV series counterpart’s quotes, Buffy declares: “Destructo Girl. That’s me.” as in "Teacher's Pet"; “She irons her jeans! She’s evil!” as in "Living Conditions"; and “A cranky Slayer is a careless Slayer!” from "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date". Similarly, Alvaro says “I laugh in the face of danger. Then I hide until it goes away.” in reference to Alexander Harris in the episode "Witch"; and Miss Sparks informs “It should simply be plunge, and move on. Plunge and…” as Rupert Giles did in "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date".
- Differently from other representations, when a vampire is dusted their body becomes a cloud of bats.
- Buffy names her stake Mr. Pointy, a reference to Kendra Young’s lucky stake first seen in "Becoming, Part One".
- Alvaro mentions the Mayor Wilkins apparently talking to a snake, a reference to his TV counterpart becoming the snake-like demon Olvikan.
Pop culture references
- Buffy compares Boone with renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci.
- Alvaro mentions the ability of talking to snakes as an indication of being from the fictional school house Slytherin.
- Fina mentions a waiter from Flappy Jack’s pancake house.