Switched (My Sister the Vampire Series #1)

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When Olivia Abbott moves to town, she's excited to join the cheerleading team and make new friends. Then she meets Ivy Vega. At first, Ivy, pale and dressed all in black, looks like Olivia's opposite. Then the girls look beyond the glittery pink blush and thick black eyeliner to discover they're identical—identical twins!

Olivia and Ivy are brimming with plans to switch places and pull every twin trick in the book. But Olivia soon discovers that she and Ivy aren't exactly the ...

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Overview

When Olivia Abbott moves to town, she's excited to join the cheerleading team and make new friends. Then she meets Ivy Vega. At first, Ivy, pale and dressed all in black, looks like Olivia's opposite. Then the girls look beyond the glittery pink blush and thick black eyeliner to discover they're identical—identical twins!

Olivia and Ivy are brimming with plans to switch places and pull every twin trick in the book. But Olivia soon discovers that she and Ivy aren't exactly the same. Ivy's a vampire. And she's not the only one in town.

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Publishers Weekly

Launching the My Sister the Vampire series, this predictable if cute caper opens on Olivia's first day of eighth grade at a new school. Perky Olivia, who hopes to join the cheerleading squad, notices an abundance of white-faced, black-clad goths; in her pretty pink dress, she looks "like a lollipop in a graveyard." Charlotte, the snooty self-appointed cheerleading captain, befriends Olivia, as does "ultra Goth" Ivy, who feels strongly that she has met the new girl before. And indeed she has: when she spies the emerald ring on Olivia's finger, identical to the one Ivy wears around her neck, the two figure out that they are twins, adopted at the age of one by different parents. In the inevitable Parent Trap-esque move, they decide to change places, but just at school. How long will it take for Ivy to confess that she and her pals are vampires? Long enough for Olive to want to stand by her, because "blood is thicker than water" (to which her twin responds, "And better tasting, too!"). For those who crave vampire lite, the novel features likable heroines and comical scenarios. Ages 8-12. (Aug.)

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Children's Literature
The first book in the “My Sister the Vampire” series provides an introduction to the lives of Olivia Abbott and Ivy Vega. When Olivia moves to Franklin Grove she is excited to try out for cheerleading and make new friends. But what Olivia finds is much more than just a friend--she finds her twin sister Ivy from whom she was separated when she was a year old and they were each adopted by different parents. The girls--who appear different because Ivy is very pale and dresses in dark clothing, and Olivia is an athletic cheerleader who loves pink--decide to keep their relationship a secret at first, and the two try switching places as a practical joke. But there is more to Ivy’s pale skin than a lack of time in the sunshine, and soon Olivia is let in on a very big secret. While even the non-fantasy elements in the story seem implausible, this is a very appealing series with likable characters and a fun concept. These stories are perfect for kids who might be a little too young for some of the teen vampire series, but who want a different kind of fantasy than Harry Potter or Narnia. Reviewer: Kathleen Foucart
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6
Having just moved to Franklin Grove, finding new friends and fitting in on the cheerleading squad seem like daunting enough tasks for bubbly eighth-grader Olivia, but when she discovers that her Goth-dressed, dark-humored science partner, Ivy, is her long-lost twin, things take an interesting twist. The girls figure out their relationship themselves (they look alike, share a birthday, are both adopted, have the same emerald ring from their birth parents), and in true Parent Trap -style they plan many adventures switching places. There is one small difference between the sisters: Ivy is a vampire, as are many other members of this small community. While the story provides snapshots of the town, which includes both vampires (who satisfy their nutritional needs at BloodMart) and "bunnies" (non-vampires), readers never get the whole picture, leaving them with more questions than answers. Even the girls can't figure out why one of them is a vampire and the other is not. Many of the characters are stereotypes and never really brought to life. However, the sisters are likable and the writing is fast paced and upbeat, making for a quick read. This book will not interest diehard vampire enthusiasts, but may appeal to fans of frothy-and Gothy-school stories.
—Jennifer HuddlerCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060871130
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/24/2007
  • Series: My Sister the Vampire Series , #1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 91,350
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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My Sister the Vampire #1: Switched

Chapter One

Here we go, Olivia Abbott thought as her mother's car pulled away from the curb.

Olivia stood on the sidewalk and smoothed the skirt of her new pink dress for the millionth time. She usually felt her best in pink, but for some reason it wasn't helping at all this morning.

Olivia wished she didn't feel so nervous. After all, it wasn't like this was the cheerleading nationals or anything. It was just her first day of eighth grade at a new middle school. In an unfamiliar town. Where she didn't know anybody.

She was totally freaking out.

If it wasn't for her dad's new job, she'd be skipping into her regular school with Mimi and Kara and the rest of the old squad, instead of being the friendless new girl who shows up out of nowhere five weeks into the school year.

But, whatever, Olivia was determined to make the best of the situation. This would be just like the first time she ate sushi. It would be weird for a second—unfamiliar and slightly funny smelling—but then she'd grow to love it. Besides, what was she going to do, cry until high school?

Olivia stood up straight and clapped her hands twice, like at the beginning of a cheer. Then, with her mouth set in a smile, she made her way bravely toward the front entrance.

Her old school had been a modern box, painted a combination of ugly beige and ugly brown, but Franklin Grove Middle School was different. It looked a thousand years old. Ivy dripped from the huge entryway columns, and beyond the enormous oak front doors was a hallway so big you could make a sixteen-person pyramid across it. Olivia's oldschool was plastered with inspirational posters with sayings that made no sense, like live every day like it's today! Here, black-and-white school photographs hung on the walls dating back to practically the ice age. She passed one picture with a plaque that said convocation 1912. It showed a bunch of serious-looking students in black robes.

At least the sound of everyone rushing to their first class was familiar: lockers clanging, sneakers squeaking, people laughing. Olivia made her way through the bustle. There seemed to be a lot more Goths here than there had been at her old school. They were as black-and-white as the photographs on the walls: black clothes, pale skin, heavy black boots.

Olivia caught her own reflection in a display case. Her pretty dress floated, ghostlike, in front of tarnished trophies and a dark banner that said go, franklin grove devils! She tried to keep smiling, but her heart fell. She looked like a lollipop in a graveyard. What if she never managed to fit in here?

"Rise and shine," a voice interrupted. Startled, Olivia realized she was standing right in the way of a Goth girl. A prickly bun atop the girl's head was held in place by a wooden spike—Cool, Olivia thought, a chopstick!—and she wore a black dress with a neat slanted hem that started just above one knee and ended at the opposite ankle.

Olivia stepped to the left, trying to get out of the way, but the girl had the same idea. They both stepped in the other direction. Then they both stepped back again. Olivia laughed apologetically, but the girl just looked at her in a weird way. It wasn't mean or anything. She just looked curious, sort of like an inquisitive black cat.

"Do I . . ." the girl began, frowning. "Are you new here?"

"How can you tell?" Olivia asked jokingly.

"So you're probably looking for the office, right?" the girl replied, with the faintest of smiles, as another Goth in a black T-shirt that said hop, bunny, hop! in pink letters pulled up, a digital camera hanging around her neck. The first girl nodded to her friend before pointing Olivia in the right direction. "To the end, around the corner, office is on the right."

Olivia had been going the wrong way completely. "Thanks," she said sheepishly. "I probably would have been wandering the halls looking for the principal's office until I got sent to the principal's office for wandering the halls!"

To her relief, both Goths cracked a smile. Then the one with the stick in her hair looked at Olivia like she was trying to remember something. Finally she shrugged. "Well, good luck." And with that, she and her friend walked off down the hallway.

The office was exactly where the girl said it would be.

"Have a seat over there," the gray-haired receptionist said. "Principal Whitehead will be with you in just a minute."

Olivia turned around and saw a chair, next to where a girl with long, soft-looking, curly blond hair was sitting, reading a thick, battered paperback. The girl wore jeans and a yellow T-shirt, and on the floor at her feet was a canvas bag with a button on the strap that said alien spawn are people, too.

Finally, Olivia thought, someone who isn't wearing black! She walked over and held out her hand. "Hi. Olivia Abbott."

The girl lifted her eyes from her book. She looked confused. "No, actually, my name's Camilla. Camilla Edmunson."

Olivia laughed. "No. I mean my name's Olivia," she explained. "Nice to meet you, Camilla."

Camilla made an I'm-such-a-dork face and shook Olivia's hand. "Sorry. I'm just really into this book."

Olivia sat down. "Isn't that the best? When you get so caught up in a book that you're, like, in a different world?"

"I know!" said Camilla eagerly. She held up the cover of her paperback: Random Access by Coal Knightley, The Second Book in The Cyborg Trilogy. "Ever read it?"

"Nope. Is it any good?" Olivia asked.

"Are you kidding?" Camilla cried. "This is my third time through!"

"That's exactly how I am with the Count Vira books." Olivia sighed. "You know—vampires, bloodsucking, frilly collars. They're sort of my secret vice."

My Sister the Vampire #1: Switched. Copyright (c) by Sienna Mercer . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted September 4, 2009

    a page turner

    i loved this book! I got it because my mom would not let me get twilight and this is awesome. I finished this book in about a day and I couldn't put it down. Great for girls 8-12 and I would highly recommend it for everyone. Great plot, characters, and writing. Props to Sienna Mercer. I love Ivy and Olivia! They are great together! I am already on book #3! I love this series and I love Sienna Mercer! I 100% recommend the my sister the vampire series!

    61 out of 64 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2009

    My Sister the Vampire : Switched

    My 9yr old absolutely loved this book. She can't wait to read the second book. I thought at first it was going scary but she had read book three of that series and wanted to read the 1st book. It made a great Easter present for her and anything that keeps her reading is a good thing.

    30 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2010

    AWESOME

    this was one of the best books i ever read i couldn't put the book down it was great it is about a girl who goes to a new school and she runs into a girl that looks exactly like her.its an awsome book you should definitly BUY IT!!!!!!!!!

    23 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2008

    Switched

    I'm deeply impressed by this book. I like the whole series personally, it really exspresses what readers want to read!

    20 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2011

    I Highly Recomend This Book

    Olivia Abbott is new in town and wearing her best pink sskirt and a determinedly perky smile enters her new school to begin eight grade. Unlike her previous school on the coast this one is old and ivy colored with dark high-cerlinginged halls and alot more goth kids here too. A goth girl named Ivy gives Olivia directions to the ofice and Olivia is happy to findherself in several classes with this firmiliar looking girl. It is only when they see themselves in the mirror of the girls bathroom that they relize that they look alike. In fact they are identical twins. While Ivy as Olivia dresses has a power lunch with Charlotte Brown. Olivia dresses as Ivy. Then the same day they have a meeting for the party planning comittee Ivy also has her date. So then again the girls swap so they are both Ivy and real IVy goes on the date and fake Ivy wich is Olivia goes to the meeting.

    16 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    VERY GOOD READ!!!!!!!!!

    Holy cow i was allowed to pick any book and i pick this one because it is the BEST book ever!!!!!!!! SO READ THIS BOOK!!!!

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    ?... ?????

    Im 9 should l get it?

    11 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    Reading this....

    I read this book and I loved it! I also gave it to my friends and they really wanted to buy the second one! :D Go out and get a bite of this book, today.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2009

    This is the deadliest book ever!

    Ivy and Olivia are awesome. The characters have a good sense of humor. There are alot of secrets revealed to the reader. This is a killer book.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    very good story, i loved it. i cant wait to read the second, third, and fourth book. they are all on my Christmas list!

    i love it i love it i love it! i think people should read this book. i really really really want to read the second, third, and fourth! they are on my Christmas list. i really hope that there is a fifth book! i would be dissapointed if there wasn't a fifth book. i love to read! i read all the time! this book is such a good book. i give it a 9 out of ten. you will not be dissapointed if you deside to read this book. i am sure that the second, third, and fourth book will be just as good. and if there is a fifth book, i know that that will be great too!

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Smart

    Not to brag or r do anything.. but this book made me smart... im 6 years old and i love this book

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2009

    Great Overall

    This story line is wonderful. It has everything from coming of age, to vampires, to the quality of two sisters who find each other after years of being apart, and the lengths family will go to in order to help one another. I recommend this book to any generation who likes family style fiction, and even if you're not into vampires, this story shall capture your imagination and stay with you for all time.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Awesome vampire girl

    I love these books they are like the best if the author is reading i just want to say is WRITE MORE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    BEST BOOK EVAR!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is the best book since twilight and koola bears i love this amazing book!!!!!! Ivy and Oliva are wicked!!!!!! I mean cool wicked not evil wicked!,, MUST BUY BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I. Love. This. Book!!!!!!!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    AWESOME!!! AWESOME!!!

    Ivy is so awesome and Olivia is too but she could cut back on the pink. Ivy knows how to rock all the styles in black, cover all the craziness of school and handle being a vampire with keeping an eye on the Beasts. Olivia has her wierd but funny dad, school, style, cheerleading, Charolette and the Beasts.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Hi

    Awsome

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Fangtastic book!

    Switched is a fantastic book! Love Olivia and Ivy! Great job Sienna Mercer! Love the book! Can't wait to buy book #2!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Sister

    Best book

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Love this book,it is so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My friend bought some of the books. So now i want to read it all day long!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MY BROTHER LOVES THESE BOOKS.THESE BOOKS ARE LIKE FOR GIRLS THAT LIKE VAMPIERS.I MEAN WHAT BOY WOULD READ A GIRL BOOK? OH I KNOW A GIRLY GIRL ON!!!!!!!!?!!!!!!!!?"@",,;@/&()@&/&&()"!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    I LOVE THIS BOOK

    This book was so good:) :)

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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