A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Mostly positive characters, but some mean-girl behavior.
Violence & Scariness
Maddy tries to kill the vampires across the street. Vampires try to suck a girl's blood. A girl threatens some younger students.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nothing more than middle school crushes.
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Products & Purchases
Musical artists are mentioned and quoted: Kurt Cobain, Tupac Shakur, Jim Morrison.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book deals with middle schoolers who happen to be vampires. The book is pretty tame even though one kid tries to poison her neighbors. There are good messages about the environment.
Is It Any Good?
VAMPIRE ISLAND is cute fun, yet readers will be left with the feeling that there is or should be more to the story. There are times where the story conveys a sense of darkness and foreboding that begs to be explored, but instead the author switches back to more fruit eating and middle school angst.
Parents may like that it isn't as dark as other middle school vampire books like Eighth Grade Bites or geared to teens, like Stephenie Meyer's romance-heavy Twilight Saga. With its sequel perhaps readers will get a story with a little more bite.
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