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Vampire Island
     

Vampire Island

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by Adele Griffin
 

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From a National Book Award finalist comes a lively new spin on the classic vampire tale.

When old-world dangers threaten a race of fruit bat hybrids, where can they run to? New York City, of course! And that's where we meet the Livingstone kids?Lexie, Hudson, and Maddy?trying to blend their ?vampireness? with the regular people of the city. Unfortunately, their

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From a National Book Award finalist comes a lively new spin on the classic vampire tale.

When old-world dangers threaten a race of fruit bat hybrids, where can they run to? New York City, of course! And that's where we meet the Livingstone kids?Lexie, Hudson, and Maddy?trying to blend their ?vampireness? with the regular people of the city. Unfortunately, their vampire traits keep complicating things. Lexie's super speed, amazing strength, and poetry-quoting habit embarrass her in front of classmates, and her secret crush. Hudson can fly and is determined to save the planet, but with a vocabulary from the wrong century, he doesn't quite fit in. And then there's Maddy, who has a hard time sticking to her vegetarian diet, and an even harder time convincing her siblings that their new neighbors are vampires. With all these challenges, will Lexie, Hudson, and Maddy ever be able to navigate the normal world?

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Publishers Weekly

Griffin's (Witch Twins) goes in for ghoulish humor with this tale of three siblings who are "fruit-bat vampire hybrids" living in Manhattan and posing as ordinary children. Their parents, who now earn unexpectedly good incomes by walking dogs ("because all dogs were so obedient under their instinctive care") and play in a rock band called the Dead Ringers, whisked them out of the Old World four years earlier to escape dangerous pureblood vampires. But Maddy, the middle child whose predatory instincts are undiluted despite her impure bloodlines, correctly suspects that their mysterious new neighbors are purebred vampires from the Old World. Readers will know within a few chapters whether they will find the story gross (Maddy snags a Japanese water bug with her tongue) or very funny (when the elegant neighbors finally trap Maddy and plan to "taste" her even though her fruit-hybrid blood will probably be too sour, they explain their need to sample her because "You are simply the most awful creature Nigel and I have ever encountered"). Meanwhile, handsome brother Hudson flies over Central Park at night and uses terror tactics to launch a recycling program at school; and superstrong older sister Lexie spouts poetry and idolizes Jim Morrison, while her best friend seems more than a little unearthly. This one will win (or lose) its audience on the sheer brazenness of the plot. Ages 9-up. (Aug.)

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Children's Literature
Sometimes, being a kid is not all that it is cracked up to be. Especially when you are a vampire, yet a vegetarian one (think fruit bats), from the Old World trying to just get by in New York City! Siblings Lexie, Maddy, and Hudson (ages 13, 11, and 9, respectively) were whisked away from their home to this New World by their parents in the hopes of escaping the dangerous pureblood predators. Sadly, they think their new neighbors may be some of them! In leaving their old home, they had to relinquish some big things, such as everlasting life, but they have retained some extraordinary powers. Readers, particularly those familiar with the city, will enjoy antics occurring in certain locales. The narration of this wacky tale changes from chapter to chapter throughout the book; it marginally assists the less than full character development, but may only serve to confuse readers. This is not a necessary purchase, but is recommended for a light read as the subject matter is cleverly presented. Reviewer: Cindy L. Carolan
Kirkus Reviews
The author of the Witch Twins series leans toward Addams Family-style comedy in this tale of three vampire siblings trying, with mixed success, to make a go of it in New York. The bats in their ancestry being fruit bats rather than the more usual kind, the Livingstones are supposedly vegetarian, but Maddy can't seem to get over snacking on bugs and ticks as she spies on new neighbors who just might be vampires of the more conventional, carnivorous, sort. Meanwhile, her sister Lexie is so wrapped up in mooning over popular classmate Dylan that she's oblivious to the oddities of another classmate, Pete, and Hudson, the youngest, has embarked on a decidedly unpopular campaign to make his fourth-grade class more environmentally aware. Giving each of the three distinct traits and sets of supernatural abilities, Griffin switches point of view from chapter to chapter, trots the plot to a climax in which Maddy earns her golden Slayer pin with help from the others, then closes with a hilariously macabre housewarming party and, along with other backmatter, a (relevant) cookie recipe. Fans of Angela Sommer-Bodenburg's Little Vampire tales will happily sink their teeth into this one. (Fantasy. 10-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101200650
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/16/2007
Series:
Vampire Island
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
File size:
552 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Adele Griffin’s critically acclaimed novels include The Other Shepards, Amandine and National Book Award Finalist Sons of Liberty. Her numerous awards and accolades include ALA Best Book for Young Adults,ALA Notable, CCBC Choice, IRA-CBC Children's Choice and Bank Street Book of the Year. She lives in New York City.

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Vampire Island 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for kids. My little sis loved it.
Madalynn Foley More than 1 year ago
It is such a good book u should read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Walks in" then falls asleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hides shyly in the shadows
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*lurks in the dark*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey and awwh im so sory that you killed you family on accident. *tears start to come down*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May i join?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate becca i hate becca she messed up this whole rp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did me leaving really hurt you that bad? In fact I thought YOU left. I kept looking for you. But you anywhere. Plus. I really didn't think you actually cared if I left or not. Or if you even really liked me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. The sequels awesome its called"the knave hearts curse" its a must read!
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A over all great book but you must be pretty old to understand the story. Still a great book.
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Hey if u never read this book u hav missed out on alot BUTif u have and u got the next 2 can u tell me wat thier about?