Vampire High

Vampire High

by Douglas Rees


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Vampire High by Douglas Rees

It doesn’t take long for Cody Elliot to realize that his new high school is a little different. The other students are supernaturally strong, don’t like the sunlight, and are always placing orders at the local blood bank. When his new friend shows him his fangs, Cody doesn’t need any more clues—these kids are vampires! As Cody struggles to fit into this secretive community, he disrupts centuries of human-vampire segregation, with some serious—and some seriously funny—consequences.

In sharp, humorous, and insightful prose, Douglas Rees creates a world of vampires where the real issue for humans is not the fear of being bitten, but the need to get along.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385739207
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/13/2010
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 838,841
Product dimensions: 8.06(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Douglas Rees, a young adult librarian, once spent a year in Massachusetts near a town much like New Sodom.

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This all began on the day I came home with straight Fs. F in English, F in math, F in social studies, F in science. I'd even managed to get Fs in gym and homeroom. I was proud of that.

My parents, however, weren't.

"What is this?" my father raged when I showed him my grades.

"A report card," I said. "They put these letters down on it, see, and it tells you what grade you got."

"I see the letters," he said. "And the comments with them. 'Cody has turned in no homework at all for nine weeks.' 'Cody has been absent or tardy every day this quarter.' Oh, this one's a classic. 'Cody has spent every day in class trying to prove that Sir Isaac Newton was mistaken about the law of gravity. These experiments have consisted of repeatedly jumping off my desk and flapping his arms. This is distracting to the other students. He has done no other work.' And homeroom. There is no comment from your homeroom teacher, so I suppose I'll have to ask you--how on God's green earth did you manage to flunk homeroom?"

"Easy. I never went," I said.

"And what's this?" said Dad. "A special note from the principal? Yes. 'Your son has shown the intellectual development of an illiterate hurdy-gurdy grinder and the attention span of his monkey. It is impossible to evaluate his work as he has not done any. He is lazy, sly, and generally useless. I confidently predict he will be spending the rest of his life in ninth grade. I only hope it will be at some other school. Go back to California.'"

That last part sounded like good advice to me. But I doubted Dad would take it.

We glared at each other in that way we'd developed ever since he'd moved us from home to this dump of a town, New Sodom, Massachusetts. He wouldn't drop his eyes and I wouldn't drop mine.

This was Mom's cue to stop making terrified little gasps and whimpers and start making excuses for me. I liked this part.

"It's not his fault, Jack," she said.


"It's this place."

Right again.

"He's been miserable ever since we moved here."

Three rights. Dad's out.

But Dad didn't know he was out.

"Beth, he's cutting off his nose to spite his face," he said. "I can't accept that."

Yeah. And you can't do anything about it, either.

Dad threw back his head like he was about to explain to a jury why only an idiot wouldn't see things his way and give his client what he wanted.

"Now, look here, young man," he said. "This move is the best thing that's ever happened to us. I was going nowhere at Billings, Billings and Billings. Jack Elliot was good enough to handle their really tough cases, but not good enough to promote. No, my name wasn't Billings, so that was that. When this opportunity opened up at Leach, Swindol and Twist, I knew it was the best chance I'd ever get to have the career I wanted. So here we are. And here we stay. And you'd better get used to it."

Fine. And I will go right on flunking. And you can get used to that.

I didn't say it. I only thought it. But I meant it.

Dad looked at my report card again.

"Homeroom," he said softly. "My son flunked homeroom."

Mom came over and put her arms around me.

"It won't do any good to get mad, Jack," she said. "These grades are a cry for help. Cody needs something in his life to connect to. He needs something to love."

Good idea, Mom. I would love to go home.

"Extracurricular activities, perhaps," Dad said. "Working on a road gang after school. Freelance garbage collection. He needs to acquire a skill with which he can support himself, since college will obviously be out of the question."

"That's not fair," Mom said. "You dragged us three thousand miles from home to further your career and you expect us both to accept it as though nothing has happened. Well, that's not realistic."

Now it was "us." This was sounding pretty good. Better than usual. Maybe enough "us" would get me back to California. I thought about doing the stare again but dropped my head instead.

"And another thing," Dad said. "That hat is an obscenity."

He must have thought Mom had made a good point. He was changing the subject.

"That hat goes," he said. "At least don't wear it in the house."

This was my Black Death baseball cap, which I always wore backward because Dad hates baseball caps worn backward.

"Don't change the subject," Mom said. "You're not in court now. Cody needs something in his life to care about."

"All right, all right," Dad sighed. "Tell us, Cody, can you think of anything you want that would make you happier?"


Dad crumpled up my report card.

"I partially agree with you, Beth," he said. "Our son does need something new in his life. He needs a tougher school. Tomorrow I'll start making inquiries."

The next day I was so worried that Cotton Mather High started to look almost good to me. The cracked ceilings, the wooden floors that creaked like they were in pain; even the boys' bathroom, which was as dark as a grave and smelled worse. The thought that I might never see them again made them seem almost friendly. No, that wasn't true. It was just fear that, bad as this was, Dad was determined to find someplace even worse.

When he came home that night, he had a thin smile on his face and a couple of big manila envelopes in his hand.

"Seek and ye shall find," he said. "I have learned that there are not one, but two really hard schools in this excellent town. I've got all the information right here."

"You work fast," Mom said, crossing her arms.

"It turns out that there are other members of my law firm who have children in each one," Dad told us. "Clancy Kincaid has a son and daughter in Our Lady of Perpetual Homework. He speaks very well of it. And there's a public school that's just as good and even harder to get into--Vlad Dracul Magnet School. Hamilton

Antonescu's daughter goes there."

Our Lady of Perpetual Homework?

My stomach froze. I'd heard about that place. Every kid in town was afraid to be sent there.

From the Hardcover edition.

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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Cody Elliot has just moved to Massachusetts from California. He hates his new town of New Sodom and is proud of his report card full of F's (even in homeroom). His dad, not so proud. Cody gets sent to a new school, Vlad Dracul.

It doesn't take long for Cody to realize that something is different about his fellow students. They wear sunglasses inside, they are strangely silent, and seem to be super-smart. After he sees someone's fangs he realizes the obvious- his classmates are vampires.

Most people would be creeped out by this, but not Cody. As it turns out, going to school with vampires is pretty sweet. Cody doesn't have to do much of anything. He gets free A's, a free ride through college, a free ride through life basically. All he has to do is get in the pool and pretend to play water polo once and a while.

It's when Cody decides to try to get real grades, make some friends, and actually try to win a game of water polo that things start to get messy. Vampires don't like messy very much. For Cody, life is about to get really interesting.

This book was really good, very hard to put down. It had a great plot and is full of mystery. I would suggest it to anyone who is a fan of vampires.
Taylorraven More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up and read the first line and couldn't stop. I laughed so hard at the author's unique sense of humor coming from the teenagers point of view. The book is seriously a good read, I enjoyed it from the first to the last chapter. The plot line is simple, the characters are identifiable and it gives a great ending with how it should have ended not a bubble gum pop. I would recommend this book to young and old alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! Everything that you need to learn about modern vampires and more are all in this book! This is mostly about a kid named Cody doing really bad at a public school and had to go to a private school! But soon cody starts to relize that there is more to this school mosltly everyone there looks similar to each other...other then the swim team! Soon he makes some friends in this school named Justin and Ileana. He soons discovers that this is a school full of blood sucking bats known as Vampires. Soon he starts to know them alot better and becomes pretty good friends with them. He notices that these vampires dont like alot of human beings because they lie about every single thing they know about Vampires. Cody wants the teachers to give him his actual grades not give him STRAIGH A'S because hes in the swim team...see Vampires cant swim!!! Well if you want to read this great book about how Cody goes to a school full of Vampires youll just have to read VAMPIRE HIGH!!!Belive its one of the best book i read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vampire High was a good story. Usually when you think of vampires you think of bloody vicious sharp toothed monsters killing people.Vampire High was an entertaining, satisfying story. What really was cool was how the characters developed, and that one gadje boy, Cody Elliot, changed the world. I wouldn't give it a five star but this book was funny, the only minus was the dull kind of setting. It could have been a better setting. The beginning is dull, but it gets more exciting..
Kegsoccer on LibraryThing 1 days ago
"Vampire High" by Douglas Rees was a great read. Cody Elliot is a normal high school kid who ends up at a school of all vampires. Well almost all vampires- the water polo team is made up of humans (apparently water is harmful to vampires). Cody tries his best to fit in, and ends up in more trouble then he bargained for. But armed with his new best friend, he's ready for anything. The book was 226 pages, and I was sorry to see it end. I've found myself hoping that Douglas Rees will write a sequel so we can learn more about Cody- or even about Rees' vampire dwelling world. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys lighthearted, and/or amusing, supernatural novels.
mayaspector on LibraryThing 1 days ago
What a fun book! It's a California Young Reader Medal nominee for high school, too.Cody is so angry about his family moving to Massachusetts from California that he literally does nothing at school. His father decides to enroll him into a special high school recommended by a work colleague. Vlad Dracul is more than a little strange. It doesn't take Cody very long to figure out that almost all the students are vampires. But he also learns that vampires are not exactly like the stories about them. One becomes a close friend, and then he falls in love with another. And the deal with school is that he just has to play on the water polo team (vampires can't stand water) and he'll get through with straight A's. Perfect! But it turns out that Cody doesn't want a free ride, and pretty soon things start changing at good old Vlad Dracul.This book is so entertaining. A great, fast read.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Transferring to a new high school all the way across the country -- especially when you're transferring from sunny, beautiful California, to cold, boring New England, well -- is it any wonder that Cody Elliot rebels? When he fails every class at public school, his father announces he's transferring again, this time to Vlad Dracul, a school with a truly nasty reputation. Surprised that the only requirement Horvath the headmaster cares about is his ability to swim, Cody quickly discovers that he will get A's in class, no matter what he does, and that his classmates are something a bit out of the ordinary.This was an impulse read, and a lot of fun. Rees is an entertaining author, and his characters have just that: character. The plot isn't complicated, but its simplicity allows the humor to really shine. Wonderful ending! (I'd give it an 'A'!)
chibimajo on LibraryThing 1 days ago
This is the story of Cody, who has been rudely moved completely across the country by his parents. So he does what every kid would do, he throws a fit hoping to be sent back. It doesn't work the way he wanted, because instead, he's enrolled in an elite private school, where almost all the other kids are vampires. As if it weren't hard enough fitting in when you're the new kid already, now he has to fit in with vampires??? This was a very light, amusing book. It was easy to read, and rather funny in parts. I recommend it if you're looking for something a little on the silly side.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book many times, and I enjoy it every time. It's about vampires (jenti) and humans (gadje) in a different way than most sparkly or bloodthirsty novels. Read it, regardless of whether you like supernatural novels. You'll enjoy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books i read
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bookreader94266 More than 1 year ago
It was really good. So interesting. A little boring in the beginning but it gets better.
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