Vampire Island

Book review by
Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Middle school vampire read all angst and no bite.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Mostly positive characters, but some mean-girl behavior.


Maddy tries to kill the vampires across the street. Vampires try to suck a girl's blood. A girl threatens some younger students.


Nothing more than middle school crushes.


Musical artists are mentioned and quoted: Kurt Cobain, Tupac Shakur, Jim Morrison.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6, 10, and 11-year-old Written byhyjean September 30, 2009
My daughter loved it ~ it was awesome!
No kissing.... just a dance. Nothing too scarey. Read it in two days!
Kid, 12 years old November 29, 2011

Vampire Island 101

Vampire Island is a great book for kids 9+. ( CommonSense rated it exactly right! :P ) There is a part where a girl gets bitten by vampires aftter they glue he... Continue reading

What's the story?

Lexie, Maddy, and Hudson Livingstone -- hybrids of vampires and fruit-bats (and vegetarians) -- have more to worry about than just keeping their thin vampire skin hydrated and preventing themselves from being photographed -- they're in middle school, too. Lexie has a huge crush on Dylan, and her friendship with Pete is also changing. Maddy is suspicious of her neighbors and sets out to expose them -- could they be pure-blood vampires and thus sworn enemies? Hudson becomes interested in protecting the environment, but his high-minded and heavy-handed strategy has alienated him from just about everyone in school.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about being environmentally responsible. What ideas did Hudson have that kids can use to help protect the environment? How does global warming affect the planet? What steps can families take together to lessen their carbon footprints?

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