Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising [NOOK Book]

Overview

The Van Helsing name reborn

Fourteen-year-old Alex has no idea that he's descended from the world's most famous vampire hunter, but that changes fast when he arrives at Glenarvon Academy and confronts two vampires in his first three days. Turns out Glenarvon isn't the only school near Lake Geneva. Hidden deep underground lies an ancient university for vampires called the Scholomance. And the deadly vampire clan lord known as Icemaker? You ...

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Overview

The Van Helsing name reborn

Fourteen-year-old Alex has no idea that he's descended from the world's most famous vampire hunter, but that changes fast when he arrives at Glenarvon Academy and confronts two vampires in his first three days. Turns out Glenarvon isn't the only school near Lake Geneva. Hidden deep underground lies an ancient university for vampires called the Scholomance. And the deadly vampire clan lord known as Icemaker? You might say he's a visiting professor.

When two of Alex's friends are kidnapped by Icemaker, it's up to Alex to infiltrate the Scholomance and get them back—alive. Assisted by the Polidorium, a top-secret vampire-hunting organization with buried ties to the Van Helsings, Alex dodges zombies, bullets, and lots—and lots—of fangs on his way to thwarting Icemaker's plans and fulfilling his family destiny.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Launching the Alex Van Helsing series, Henderson’s debut is a pedestrian mashup of common contemporary genres: action hero meets vampires in an elite boarding school setting. Unlike Hogwarts, Alex’s new school, Glenarvon Academy, is populated primarily with mundane (if wealthy) students; Alex, however, is far from ordinary, being descended from a family of vampire hunters, though his family’s past has been kept secret from him. But Glenarvon isn’t the only premier academy on Lake Geneva: its neighbors include the Scholomance, an equally elite educational facility for vampires. Early and violent encounters with vampires (which Alex has a preternatural ability both to detect and dispatch of) allay his initial skepticism about the supernatural, and soon he’s gearing up to face Icebreaker, a powerful and very famous vampire. Henderson’s prose is serviceable, but the dialogue in particular tends to be corny and trite (“'Joining the family business, are we?’ Icemaker snarled”). The plot, while action-heavy, is predictable, with plenty left unanswered for future books, making this an accessible but uninspired choice for reluctant readers. Ages 12-up. (May)
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)
“This book will engage readers easily and many will not be able to put it down... Characters and plot are strong and the development of a new twist on the Van Helsing and vampire mythology will make readers eager for the next in the series.”
ALA Booklist
“Trouble seems to follow Alex Van Helsing wherever he goes... Invigorated by likable teen heroes with believable interests (one loves vampire lore, the other manga). This first book in the Alex Van Helsing series seriously doesn’t suck.”
VOYA - Karen Sykeny
This wonderful series opener is a compelling action, fantasy, horror story and tells the Van Helsing family history of hunting evil monsters like vampires and werewolves. Alex is a teenage boy who is sent to a boarding school in Geneva, Switzerland by his father after getting into a severe fight at his local school. Alex soon learns that what he thought was "not happening" and "not real" based on his father's words, is real. Vampires exist and he is the great-great-great grandson of Van Helsing. He finally understands that the "static" in his head is his ability to sense when evil is near. He befriends two boys at school, Paul and Sid, and they are all soon involved in this strange new world where evil really manifests as monsters that hunt and abuse mortal humans. Their literature teacher, Sangster, has mysterious connections to an order, the Polidori, which secretly protects people from vampires and other creatures. Alex's archenemy in this novel is a vampire called The Icemaker, whose background offers a nice surprise by tying into 19th Century literature. This book will engage readers easily and many will not be able to put it down. This excellent book is a must-have purchase for all libraries, especially where horror fiction is hot. Characters and plot are strong and the development of a new twist on the Van Helsing and vampire mythology will make readers eager for the next in the series. Reviewer: Karen Sykeny
Children's Literature - Amanda Ledbetter
Alex Van Helsing is a fourteen-year-old boy who has just begun studying abroad at Glenarvon Academy near Lake Geneva. Only two days after arriving, Alex follows the sound of a scream in the woods and finds himself face-to-face with a vampire. The next few days lead to more encounters with vampires, including witnessing the arrival of the powerful and deadly vampire Icemaker. Joining forces with a secret vampire hunting group known as the Polidorium, Alex learns the truth behind his family name and sets out to defeat Icemaker and his army of vampires before they can complete their sinister plan. The first book in the "Alex Van Helsing" series, this story is packed with action from the first to the last page. While vampires are an essential element of the story, Henderson has limited the blood and gore to isolated incidents, and only minimal foul language is present. The plot also contains ties to Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Dracula by Bram Stoker, allowing language arts teachers to make connections and encourage their students to read these classic works of literature. Reviewer: Amanda Ledbetter
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Alex Van Helsing always believed he was a normal teen who just happened to possess a legendary last name. All that changes when he begins to experience strange sensations and is involved in the bizarre death of a student at Frayling Prep. His parents decide to send Alex to Switzerland in order to attend Glenarvon Academy near Lake Geneva. Alex's dreams of a new beginning are shattered when he is attacked by a vampire on his second day. He must now face the realization that his instincts about supernaturals have been right all along and that they do indeed exist. Mr. Sangster, Alex's teacher, reveals to him that the Van Helsings have always been an integral part of the Polidorium, a secret organization of vampire-hunters. The Polidorium is in Lake Geneva to find the Scholomance, a vampire stronghold under the leadership of an ancient vampire known as Icemaker. When the vampires take captive two of Alex's friends, the 14-year-old must take action. Henderson references Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to weave a great story line full of action, suspense, and adventure. The satisfying story captivates readers with a modern-day spin of James Bond meets Dracula. It has lots of bite that will have readers thirsting for more.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061993381
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 25,269
  • Age range: 13 years
  • File size: 373 KB

Meet the Author

Jason Henderson is the author of Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising, which was named Best of 2010 by VOYA, and Alex Van Helsing: Voice Of The Undead. He has written for games and comic books, including the Activision game Wolfenstein, the vampire action comic series Sword of Dracula, and the manga series Psy-Comm.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Awesome book about vampires and a teenager coming into his birth right.

    THe first book is a gripping tale of a teenage boy trying to figure out what is going on in his life and the unusual things that keep occuring to him. Alex is a riveting character that sucks you in and makes you root for him to kick some vampire butt.

    20 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    The first book was beast so was this one i cant wat till the next onecalready prevued it

    Love it

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Great vampire book that introduces you to the world and keeps you riveted.

    THis book introduces you to the characters and leaves you wanting more.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Hard To Put Down, Action Packed Adventure that takes you in for a ride!

    Absolutely indulging! This book is hard to put down. It introduces you to Alex Van Helsing, and his destiny that awaits him. The story starts with some pulse raising suspense that carries you through the end with the same intensity. The authors intentions have been well carried out from beginning to end. And it just entices you to look forward to reading the next book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    AWSOME!

    I LOVED this book! I only had to read the description to want to read and know more. If Jason Henderson wrote another Alex Ven Helsing book i would absolutly read it! I don't udually read to offten because not many books catch my intrest, which is vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and zombies. This book was exreamly good and everyone with this intrest SHOULD read Alex Ven Helsing: vampire uprising!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Great book

    This a great book if you like a little suspence and a little bit of romance this is the book for you i love it!!!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Interesting with a touch of suspenxe Interesing with a touch of suspennce

    I loved this book! It was verry well wirten

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Alright

    This book was alright. Not the best though, I wouldnt recomend it.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Better than book 1

    Wow! Enjoyed every page. Looking forward to the finale.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Omgomgomgkmgomgomglmgomgomglmglmgomg

    Hes hot.. :) ;) 0-0 .-.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Pure AWSOMENESS

    One of the best books ive ever read ten thumbs up

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Talk about the book

    Can people actully talk about the book without going tttttrrrooooollllllllllllllllll?

    3 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Awesome

    It was great battles were awesome.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Good

    Its awesome

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    P

    Grreat read

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Great book

    Can't wait for the next.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Good

    Goooooooooooooood

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    AWESOME!

    This book was just as amazing as the first it cought my attention and pulled me in. I cant wait to read the third!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Really enjoyed this one

    Really enjoyed this one

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Love the Van H!

    LolololololololTROLLO

    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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