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Vampire Island Hardcover – August 16, 2007

3.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Vampire Island Series

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Goths-in-training will be delighted with Griffin's tale of hybrid vampire–fruit bat siblings in Manhattan. Though New Yorkers will get more of the in-jokes, even those unfamiliar with the city will appreciate the adventures of 13-year-old Lexington, 11-year-old Madison, and 9-year-old Hudson. After quitting the Old World (Europe) and relinquishing some of their powers, each preserves different and fascinating vampiric and/or bat-related traits. The siblings' main goals are to rid the neighborhood of the pure-blooded vampires across the street; get the students of P.S. 42 to take recycling more seriously; and develop some social graces and make some friends. All missions are accomplished, with a twist at the end that begs for a sequel. Character development is minimal, but fang-in-cheek jokes carry the swift-moving plot. Too old for Bunnicula? Here's a cuddly, friendly vampire story with nary a (human) death. Carton, Debbie

About the Author

Adele Griffin’s Where I Want to Be was a National Book Award Finalist. She lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Vampire Island
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (August 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399237852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399237850
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,528,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Howard on September 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Livingstone's are vegetarians. They're vampires, and they live in Manhattan. You just know it's not going to be a walk in the park--Central Park, that is.

Adele Griffin's Vampire Island takes us into the world of Lexie, Maddy and Hudson, a world where vampires and humans live together, but not all vampires are fruit-bat hybrids. I really enjoyed following Lexie through her boy problems, Maddy spying on the neighbors, and Hudson setting out to save the world.

Hudson has a small language problem. He uses old world words (like "yewn," "O' Happy Day" and "whilst") in a new world. He wants to help save the planet from global warming, so he makes people write on both sides of the paper, use the least amount of electricity possible, and sometimes has his sister Maddy scare kids into not using as much throw-away paper or plastic at lunch. By night he loves to fly through Central Park, talking to bat friends. By day he talks to the animals his parent's pet sit.

Lexie can do things only bats can do, echo-sounding, super-fast reflexes (I liked the coin catching trick), double-jointed knees. These attract the attention of the hottest guy in school, Dylan Easterby. Dylan happens to be the same age as Lexie (her human age anyway). Lexie runs into trouble because Mina, the most popular girl in school, also happens to want Dylan.

Of all the vampire children, Maddy has the most trouble adapting to the vegan diet, but she's willing to try some interesting new foods. She drinks hot pomegranate juice every morning, pretending it's blood. She eats mosquitoes and ticks to get the blood they have taken from others. She also has a keen sense for uncovering and hunting down pureblood vampires.
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Format: Hardcover
Vampire Island tells the story of three siblings - Lexie, Maddy and Hudson. These siblings aren't your normal kids - or, I should say, your normal vampires. They're fruit-bat hybrids, so they only eat fruit. Although Maddy is starting to develop a further taste for protein. . . . Mysterious (and possibly dangerous) neighbors aside, these three are mostly just trying to survive there normal lives. Masking their identity and special-powers at school is harder than you'd think.

I have very mixed feelings on this book. On the one hand, I loved its dark humor - reminiscent of Pure Dead Magic by Debi Gliori. I thought it was very cool to have a teenage heroine who quotes dead poets. Almost immediately I developed a sort of fondness for some of the characters, Maddy in particular. All that aside, this book was not exactly satisfying. It seemed to leave off too suddenly with too many loose threads. Obviously there's going to at least one sequel if not more, but this particular episode of the story didn't feel finished. The writing was not spectacular to begin with, and this leaving-off made me even more disgruntled.

It was an OK read. If you're in the mood for an easy-read with slightly-ridiculous Gothic settings and situations (which I was, strange as it sounds) then you'll have fun with this. Just don't go into it expecting something great.
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By khttk98 on August 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The book Vampire Island is a really fun interesting book. Adele Griffin really captures the fun quirky sides of her characters that all preteen and teenage readers are interested in reading about. My daughter has a copy of this book and I read it too. We both loved the character Maddy. She is a fun fierce girl. I would say anyone who gets this book will enjoy Adele Griffin's world of young Vampires in New York City and just maybe they will see some of themselves in the characters and the social situations all kids face no matter where they live!
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Meet the Livingstones. Recent transplants to Manhattan from the Old World, they live above a vegetarian restaurant in an old brownstone on the island of Manhattan. Mom and Dad play in a rock band called the Dead Ringers. Their three children --- Lexie, Maddy and Hudson --- are dealing with friends, neighbors, crushes and growing up, just like kids everywhere. Okay, maybe not quite like kids everywhere. You see, the entire Livingstone family are vampires, or vegetarian fruit-bat/vampire hybrids to be exact. As a result, the Livingstone children are facing a few extra challenges as they try to fit in to their new New World lifestyle.

Oldest daughter Lexie has a crush on the hottest guy in her eighth-grade class, Dylan Easterby. But do her batlike habits (such as double-jointed knees and lightning-fast reflexes) and her tendency to quote gloomy, doomed poets set her apart from the crowd, or do they just make her seem odd? What's more, Lexie's best friend is exhibiting some seriously weird symptoms. What comes over him after dark?

Middle child Maddy is beginning to have second thoughts about her family's vegan lifestyle. When the family's new neighbors, the von Kriks, treat Maddy to a dinner of steak tartar, Maddy's thirst for blood grows almost as strong as her nose for trouble. Maddy suspects that the von Kriks are genuine pureblood Old World vampires, and in Harriet the Spy style, she grows determined to catch them in their lies, even if it means lacing tempting cookies with garlic.

Youngest child Hudson may be blessed with good looks and the ability to fly through the city at night, talking with other species as he goes, but he's pretty clueless when it comes to dealing with his fellow nine-year-olds.
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