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Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising
     

Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising

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by Jason Henderson
 

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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

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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.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061993381
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Series:
Alex Van Helsing , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
353,997
File size:
387 KB
Age Range:
13 Years

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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Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grreat read
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Goooooooooooooood
Harley-Girl14 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was verry well wirten
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really interesting so far. I think that it is the bomb lol:)
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Ok
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Wht the hell...?
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Kiss your hand three times and repost thion three diffrent books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriosly im not kidding he does and his name us al hey dont judge me im a sopmore in high school and we have been together since the seventh grade and our anniversy is in two weeks he says he is going to take me somwhere special and thas its a suprise lets hope for tye best
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just bought, hope it is good.
renegade0 More than 1 year ago
^^ good book
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Kiss your hand post this in 3 diffrent books and look under your pillow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry for the spelling! I have read better, it was okay for a easy read. If you want to get it I would but to me it was really slow, boring and predictable.
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I Loved it
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