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Blood Diaries: Tales of a 6th-Grade Vampire

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Kid vampire tale has a light but delightfully gross touch.

Book Marissa Moss Fantasy 2014
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Author Marissa Moss has really dialed in a formula for success here: "my family doesn't get me" plus "middle school is hard" plus vampires equals everything a reluctant reader could ask for. Edgar is very relatable as a regular sixth grader who wants to have friends, be one of the cool kids at school, and who just happens to be a vampire. Except for the very squeamish and the vampire-phobic, kids will revel in this gross and slightly gory introduction to vampire lore.

Kids looking for a lot of action and excitement, though, should look elsewhere. This story concentrates almost exclusively on Edgar's day-to-day trials, his emotional growth, and explanations of how things work in the vampire world. Edgar's narrative voice is believable and engaging. The illustrated-diary format is tried and true, with pen-and-ink illustrations (which kids will believe they could draw themselves) adding charm and realism.

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