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Vampire Island [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Vampire Island

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101200650
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/16/2007
  • Series: Vampire Island
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 783,887
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • File size: 540 KB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Hey

    Great for kids. My little sis loved it.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Awesome

    It is such a good book u should read it

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    Posted January 13, 2014

    Stil

    "Walks in" then falls asleep.

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    Hides shyly in the shadows

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    Posted January 26, 2014

    Silver

    Sorry

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    Posted January 11, 2014

    A person

    *lurks in the dark*

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    Posted January 7, 2014

    To brady

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    Posted January 8, 2014

    Lucyto selena

    Hey and awwh im so sory that you killed you family on accident. *tears start to come down*

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    Posted August 8, 2013

    David

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    Reenelle

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Great book

    Good book. The sequels awesome its called"the knave hearts curse" its a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    This book s... AWSOME

    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?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Huh

    I did read it. And are you talking to me?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Awsome

    A over all great book but you must be pretty old to understand the story. Still a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Bye m Mellissa Matos

    The book is ok i guess bu whaat will haapeen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Ready to read this book

    I soon hope to read the book it seems intresting i wonder who can give me big details on this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Coool (:

    Looks good will have to look into getting it

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    Looks awsome

    I thank this is going 2 b a really good

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