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The Vampires Beautiful Daughter
     

The Vampires Beautiful Daughter

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by S. P. Somtow
 
Life isn't easy for Johnny Shapiro, despite his mother's success as the author of a book about his Lakota grandfather. He finds it hard to "fit in" in his new school--until he meets Rebecca, a new student as well, and the half-human daughter of a vampire.

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Life isn't easy for Johnny Shapiro, despite his mother's success as the author of a book about his Lakota grandfather. He finds it hard to "fit in" in his new school--until he meets Rebecca, a new student as well, and the half-human daughter of a vampire.

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Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
Johnny Raitt has identity problems: His mix of Lakota, Jewish and Polish cultures leaves him squarely in the middle of nowhere. So he can relate when the most bewitching girl he's ever seen says that she's half human and half vampire. Trouble is, she's not kidding, and life becomes increasingly complicated for Johnny, who's having enough trouble adjusting to Los Angeles after a quiet life in South Dakota. With help from his grandfather, a Native American spiritualist with a practical streak, Johnny realizes that he can embrace more than one heritage - unlike Rebecca, who must be one or the other. This novel is a real find, deftly mixing teen angst and pop horror with the universal notions of identity and one's place in the world. To his credit, Somtow does NOT give the book a pat or even a particularly happy ending.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpJohnny Shapiro's mother wrote a best-seller about his Lakota grandfather and, because of its success, the family moves to California. Johnny, 15, has difficulty in school until Rebecca arrives on the scene, announcing that she is the half-human daughter of a vampire. As Johnny and Rebecca's relationship deepens, they are faced with decisions about their future and how those decisions will affect their lives, together and apart. This book is a quick read, drawing readers in right from the start. However, it quickly becomes forgettable. The plot is highly imaginative and the "cultural" interactions are a compelling if strange blend. For example, Johnny goes on a vision quest to come to terms with Rebecca's decision to have a Halloween party to become a full-fledged vampire. The characters are the weak link here. While they struggle with their identities, decisions, and situations, readers feel little compassion, empathy, or identification with and for them. While Johnny and Rebecca "go through the motions" required of the plot, they seem to grow and change based on events. The crashing climax is like the charactersquick, tied in a bow, and heedless of the need to explore what the changes mean. However, this book is not without merit. The comical scenes, such as a teenage vampire explaining menstruation to Johnny's younger sister, are funny. The often-silent, wise and caring grandfather holds the story together. If you have a "creep and gore" audience, wait for this title to come out in paperback and purchase it then.Molly S. Kinney, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689319686
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
10/07/1997
Series:
Vampire's Beautiful Daughter Ser.
Pages:
116
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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The Vampires Beautiful Daughter 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book at my school liabrary and I got hooked. I recomend this book for any fantasy/ vampire book lover. It was great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not decide whether it was too much of a childish book or not because it is supposed to be a kids book but it seemed like the boy and girl had a closer relationship than friendship.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazingly written. The title may throw some peopl off,but it is a great book. You really shoulde read it...it's just great!