Team Human

Team Human

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by Justine Larbalestier, Sarah Rees Brennan
     
 

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Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn't mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It's up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might

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Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn't mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It's up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity!

On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching.

Acclaimed authors Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan team up to create a witty and poignant story of cool vampires, warm friendships, and the changes that test the bonds of love.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Larbalestier (Liar) and Brennan (the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy) affectionately poke fun at vampire tropes and, in the process, create a memorable story about love, prejudice, and the lengths to which people will go in service of both. High school senior Mel Duan is not impressed when a 150-year old vampire (who looks like a teenager and talks like a 19th-century poet) enrolls in her school. Sure, New Whitby, Maine, is known for its large vampire population, but the vamps and humans keep to their own. Mel finds Francis merely annoying until her best friend Cathy falls for him and decides to become a vampire herself, at which point Mel shifts into full-blown protective mode. This smart and entertaining novel—part Nancy Drew with vampires, part thoughtful and provocative story about assumptions—fully blooms in the second half. Themes of honest friendship and freedom of choice mix with zombies, accidental romance, a diverse and complex cast, and sharply funny dialogue to create a thoroughly enjoyable read with a core of unexpected depth. Ages 13�up. Agents: (for Larbalestier) Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management; (for Brennan) Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency. (July)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
The perfect blend of humor, heart, brains (braaaaaaaainssss?) and thrills.
VOYA - Jennifer M. Miskec
Mel is a realist in an unreal town where vampires and humans have learned to cohabitate in relative peace. Unlike some of her fellow citizens, Mel does not yearn to work with or date vampires. In fact, when a vampire is a new student at her high school, Mel would like nothing more than to avoid him altogether. Unfortunately, Mel's best friend, Cathy, starts to fall for the new guy and begins talking about becoming a vampire herself. Mel also finds herself knee deep in solving the mystery of another friend's missing father, last seen with a vampire patient. Then Mel begins to date Kit, a teenage human who has been raised by vampires. Throughout, however, Mel remains team human, even as she comes to better understand the vampires who are so important to the people around her. What is interesting about this book is that the authors both uphold the conventions of the contemporary vampire romance and comment on it. The book remains sympathetic to the popular vampire story; Cathy's connection to her vampire boyfriend is depicted as legitimate, and so her conversion to vampirism is fraught but ultimately not to be read as a mistake. However, antithetical to the Twilight saga, Mel, our teenage female protagonist, is critical of the romantic vampire mythos, especially the pederastic relationship between centuries-old vampires and real teenage girls. In the end, like so many readers, Mel begins to better understand the appeal and her inevitable connection to vampires, though she remains committed to human endeavors. Reviewer: Jennifer M. Miskec
Kirkus Reviews
Both lovers and loathers of teen vampire romance will revel in this hilarious satirical take on the genre. Mel might not exactly have her own life sorted out, but she's always been there for her BFFs, Cathy and Anna. She indulges Cathy's passion for history, ruins and old things in general; that is, until Francis Duvarney enrolls in their high school. Vampires may be both dead and deadly, but they are also a legally tolerated minority and even tourist attractions--and Francis, with his mesmerizing good looks and stuffy arrogance, is irresistible to an old-fashioned girl like Cathy. Meanwhile, Anna sees Francis as an unbearable reminder of the collapse of her parents' marriage. Mel knows her duty to both of them: prove that Francis is up to no good, whether the clues lead her into the city's terrifying vampire district, the school's rat-infested basement, or even the arms of a cute guy. While primarily an affectionate parody of the genre, filled with clever allusions and devastating snark, the story also sympathetically illuminates the allure of vampire romance, for characters and readers alike. In an unexpectedly poignant turn, it becomes a celebration of love in all its forms: crushes and spouses, parents and children, brothers and sisters, families born and created, and, above all, friends tested and true. Laugh-out-loud funny, heart-wrenchingly sad and fist-pump-in-the-air triumphant, this sparkling gem proves that vampires, zombies and even teenagers … at heart, we're all on Team Human. (Fantasy. 12 & up.)
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

The perfect blend of humor, heart, brains (braaaaaaaainssss?) and thrills.

The Horn Book
Team Human is both fearsome and funny, a fresh entry in the popular genre.
Booklist
A witty, comedic parody that adds a fresh idea to the teen vampirenovel trend.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
The perfect blend of humor, heart, brains (braaaaaaaainssss?) and thrills.
Maureen Johnson
Funny, scary, touching, and thoughtful in ways you’d never expect: if you love vampire books, this is the book for you—if you hate vampire books, this is also the book for you.
Claudia Gray
No matter what team you’re on, there are characters here you’ll cheer for. Suspense, humor, and romance: Team Human has it all!
Cory Doctorow
Incredibly fresh and original—and absolutely charming.
Rachel Caine
I could not be more a fan of this book than if I had a TEAM HUMAN cheerleader outfit ... brilliant, funny, sharply emotional!
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
The perfect blend of humor, heart, brains (braaaaaaaainssss?) and thrills.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—When Mel's best friend, Cathy, begins to fall in love with a centuries-old vampire who starts attending their high school, Mel does everything she can to prevent them from becoming a couple. Afraid of losing Cathy forever, and forced to face her own prejudices against vampires, she begins an adventure that results in mystery and romance. The story is set in a town famous for being founded by vampires escaping persecution; the cast of characters deals with typical teen issues while also living in a world with vampires and zombies. What really happened to their friend's dad, a vampire psychologist said to have run off with a patient? What does it mean to be human when you've been raised in a community of vampires? Is the chance of becoming a zombie worth the risk in order to follow your dreams and heart? Larbalestier and Brennan have created a witty story of friendship that takes place in a realistic fantasy world in which people can choose to become vampires as long as they follow the official government protocol. Not your typical vampire novel, this entry into the genre has a poignancy that is rare, coupled with a dry humor that is truly laugh-out-loud funny.Sharon McKellar, Oakland Public Library, CA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062089649
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
HL650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Maureen Johnson

Funny, scary, touching, and thoughtful in ways you’d never expect: if you love vampire books, this is the book for you—if you hate vampire books, this is also the book for you.

Claudia Gray

No matter what team you’re on, there are characters here you’ll cheer for. Suspense, humor, and romance: Team Human has it all!

Rachel Caine

I could not be more a fan of this book than if I had a TEAM HUMAN cheerleader outfit ... brilliant, funny, sharply emotional!

Cory Doctorow

Incredibly fresh and original—and absolutely charming.

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