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Encyclopedia > How I Survived My Summer Vacation (Buffy novel)


Book Information

Author(s): Michelle West, Nancy Holder, Cameron Dokey, and Paul Ruditis // Introduction Author of many Buffyverse books. ...

Substance: 288 pages

Publisher: Pocket Books

Date first published: (August 1, 2000)

Book Description

Dust by Michelle West

Buffy continually sees the death of everyone she touches while she heads out to LA to spend summer vacation with her dad. She must come to terms with her own death before the deaths of others will disappear from her mind.

Absalom Rising by Nancy Holder // Introduction Author of many Buffyverse books. ...

Absalom tries to get a hold of the Master's bones from Giles who has them kept in his house.

Looks Can Kill by Cameron Dokey

A shapeshifter comes to town and Giles, Angel and Jenny must figure out how to deal with it before it gets to the Slayer.

No Place Like... by Cameron Dokey

While shopping in LA Buffy runs into a fortune-teller who tells her that she's the warrior sent to free the spirit of her dead child. Buffy must solve the mystery of the daughter's death and why her spirit isn't free.

Uncle Dead and the Fourth of July by Yvonne Navarro

A newly risen vampire raises the war veteran General Sam from the grave. General Sam, crazy and still sure that World War II rages on, decides to seize Sunnydale since he believes it has been infiltrated by the enemy. Giles, Jenny and Angel must stop the General and his legion of zombie followers.

The Show Must Go On by Paul Ruditis

Willow and Xander are running a play at the local theater and little do they know but the stage crew are actually all vampires who have a love for Shakespeare. After several deaths in a Shakespearian fashion, Giles, Jenny and Angel decide to remove the vampire threat on the night of the play.


  • The book is supposed to be set in the summer after Buffy's first year at Sunnydale High.
  • The book largely follows established Buffy 'canon'. The book successfully explains the experiences the scooby gang could have had in the gap in established 'canon' between Prophecy Girl and When She Was Bad. For example

Plot Synopsis ‹The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... Plot Outline Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details about some or all of the Whedonverse productions (Buffy, Angel, Fray, etc. ...


  • Tagline: 'What really happened after sophomore year'.
  • The full title How I Survived My Summer Vacation, Volume 1 seems to suggest the publisher considered releasing future volumes of short stories about the scooby gang in the summers which were not covered by the TV series. Future volumes failed to materialize.
  • Mayor Richard Wilkins and Deputy Mayor Alann Finch make brief appearances.
  • Willow wonders whether there are such things as werewolves.

For the Australian television/entertainment personality, see Richard Wilkins (TV presenter). ... Daniel Osbourne, referred to almost exclusively as Oz, is a fictional character in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Seth Green. ...

See Also

// Introduction A large number of books have been published since 1998 by Pocket Pulse, and Simon Spotlight Entertainment. ... // Introduction Angel books. ... Note this is not to be confused with Tales of the Slayers Graphic Novel. ...

External Link

Nika Summer's Buffy Library



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