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Can someone help identify this young adult book, I remember reading it about 10-12 years ago. Some teenagers go on a school trip to Whitby(?) and are staying in a hotel or something, and one of the rooms is occupied by a strange man. During the course of the book, they all acquire seemingly random items (the most memorable for me is a wooden kite which breaks).

At the end the items all become useful for defeating the strange man who turns out to be a vampire (the kite becomes a cross, maybe one had holy water, possibly garlic?)

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This is "Room 13" by Robert Swindells.

These reviews from mumsnet positively identify the kite-as-cross motif:

A school (Bottomtop Middle!) takes a trip to Whitby. They stay in the creepy Crow's Nest Hotel. There is no room 13 but at midnight things change. The number 13 appears on the door to the linen cupboard next to room 12, only to disappear in the morning. The main character, Fliss, realises that the hotel is occupied by Dracula and that one of her friends is under his influence. She and her best friend must stop him before he claims another victim...

Also, various kids are "drawn" to collect random items throughout the story; a torch, a stick of rock, a pebble, a kite with a cross as its backbone. These are then utilised to deal with Dracula at the end.

  • Yes it is. As soon as I saw the question this book came to mind :D – John Demetriou Nov 14 '14 at 13:53
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    Perfect, brings back a lot of memories :) Figured it'd be Whitby too. – Beast-a-tron Nov 14 '14 at 14:10

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