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Fanged Fiction

January 20, 2013 by Webmaster

In the Forests of the Night In the Forests of the Night
Risika, a teenage vampire, wanders back in time to the year 1684 when, as a human, she died and was transformed against her will.

Eighth Grade BitesEighth Grade Bites
Ninth Grade Slays (Series- Chronicles of Vladimir Tod)For thirteen years, Vlad, aided by his aunt and best friend, has kept secret that he is half vampire, but when his missing teacher is replaced by a sinister substitute, he learns that there is more to being a vampire, and to his parents' deaths, than he could have guessed.

Glass HousesGlass Houses (Series- Morganville vampires)
For Claire Danvers, high school was hell, but college may be murder. Bad enough she got on the wrong side of Monica, the meanest of the her new school's mean girls ... but now she's got three new roommates, all with secrets of their own. And the biggest secret of all isn't really a secret, except from Claire: Morganville is run by vampires.

BloodlineBloodline (Series- Bloodline)
In this story told primarily through journal entries, a British soldier in World War I makes the horrifying discovery that his regiment commander is descended from Count Dracula.

Marked Marked (Series- House of Night)
Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird is Marked as a fledging vampyre and joins the House of Night where she will train to become an adult vampyre.

Blue Bloods Blue Bloods (Series- Blue Bloods)
Select teenagers from some of New York City's wealthiest and most socially prominent families learn a startling secret about their bloodlines.

Vampire Island Vampire Island
Siblings Maddy, Lexie, and Hudson Livingstone, who are vampire-fruit bat hybrids, struggle to adjust to living as humans in New York City while maintaining their individual vampire strengths.

Sweetblood Sweetblood
After a lifetime of being a model student, sixteen-year-old Lucy Szabo is suddenly in trouble at school, at home, with the "proto-vampires" she has met online and in person, and most of all with her uncontrolled diabetes.

The Silver Kiss The Silver Kiss
A mysterious teenage boy harboring a dark secret helps Zoèe come to terms with her mother's terminal illness.

Gil's All Fright Diner Gil's All Fright Diner
Hired by the owner of an all-night diner to eliminate the zombie problem that is costing her customers, werewolf Duke and vampire Earl tackle an even stickier adversary who is out to take over the diner.

Sunshine Sunshine
They took her clothes and sneakers. They dressed her in a long red gown. And they shackled her to the wall of an abandoned mansion-within easy reach of a figure in the moonlight. She knows he is a vampire.

Suck It Up Suck It Up
After graduating from the International Vampire League, a screwy, teenage vampire named Morning is given the chance to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a superhero when he embarks on a League mission to become the first vampire to reveal his identity to humans and to demonstrate how peacefully-evolved, blood-substitute-drinking vampires can use their powers to help humanity.

Twilight Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn ( Series- Twilight)
When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.

Vampire High Vampire High
When his family moves from California to New Sodom, Massachusetts and Cody enters Vlad Dracul Magnet School, many things seem strange, from the dark-haired, paleskinned, supernaturally strong students to Charon, the wolf who guides him around campus on the first day.

Vampire Kisses Vampire Kisses (Series- Vampire Kisses)
Sixteen-year-old Raven, an outcast who always wears black and hopes to become a vampire some day, falls in love with the mysterious new boy in town, eager to find out if he can make her dreams come true.

My Swordhand Is Singing My Swordhand Is Singing
In the dangerous dark of winter in an Eastern European village during the early seventeenth century, Peter learns from a gypsy girl that the Shadow Queen is behind the recent murders and reanimations, and his father's secret past may hold the key to stopping her.

Cirque du Freak (Series- Saga of Darren Shan)
Two boys who are best friends visit an illegal freak show, where an encounter with a vampire and a deadly spider forces them to make life-changing choices.

When multiple murders in Austin, Texas, threaten the grand re-opening of her family's vampire-themed restaurant, seventeen-year-old, orphaned Quincie worries that her best friend-turned-love interest, Keiren, a werewolf-in-training, may be the prime suspect.

Demons of the Ocean Demons of the Ocean (Series- Vampirates)
When twins Connor and Grace's ship is wrecked in a storm and Connor is rescued by pirates, he believes that Grace has been taken aboard the mythical Vampirate's ship, and he is determined to find her.

Dangerous Girls Dangerous Girls (Series- Dangerous Girls)
After sixteen-year-old Destiny and her twin sister, Livvy, are turned into partial vampires at a summer camp, they try to find the "Restorer," someone who can return them to normal.

Companions of the Night Companions of the Night
When sixteen-year-old Kerry Nowicki helps a young man escape from a group of men who claim he is a vampire, she finds herself faced with some bizarre and dangerous choices.

Peeps Peeps
Cal Thompson is a carrier of a parasite that causes vampirism, and must hunt down all of the girlfriends he has unknowingly infected.

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A Little Dark Reading

April 13, 2012 by Webmaster

Brought to you by Sarah @ GERE Branch Library

Night RunnerNight Runner by Max Turner
Zack Thomson is a sane teenager living in a mental ward - and he's pretty much okay with that. After his parents died, he developed some very strong and weird allergies and the mental ward was a place that could handle his needs. His severe allergy to sunlight means he mostly only deals with the night staff, and Nurse Ophelia does the best job with his crazy food restrictions anyway. She makes a strawberry smoothie that soothes his raging hunger and doesn't make him feel sick. Things are running pretty smoothly until the night that the freaky guy on the motorcycle crashes through the wall into the lobby of the ward and tells him to run. Suddenly Zack has questions and lots of them!

Keeper of the Night Keeper of the Night by Kimberly Willis Holt
Isabel's mother died, and nobody is talking about it. Not her dad, who sleeps curled up on the floor next to the bed he used to share with mom, not her sister who has nightmares and wets the bed every night, and not her brother, who begins taking a knife to his room each night and carving his anger into the wall. Isabel is doing everything she knows how to do to keep the family afloat, but unless she gets some help, tragedy may strike again.

Night of the BatNight of the Bat by Paul Zindel
Jake is a spoiled 15-year-old, or at least that is everyone's opinion of him up until now. So when his dad's expedition to study bats in the Amazon is in trouble, Jake flies down, determined to prove that he can help. But the man-eating monster they find themselves up against is something out of a nightmare, and may be beyond anyone's ability to destroy - let alone a teenager on his own in the jungle.

Up All NightUp All Night by Abrahams, Bray, Levithan, McCormick, Weeks & Yang
Six short stories about thing that keep you up all night: Babysitting your little brother and his dying pet mouse; Going out of town to a concert with your stupid friends who drink too much and having to call your dad and his new sweetheart for a place to crash; Deciding that the party is lame and bailing out to find what you REALLY want to be doing; Learning to drive secretly at night and discovering power you never knew you had; And a graphic short about a monkey without a mother - all of which may very well keep YOU up and pondering all night long!

In the Forests of the NightIn the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Riska used to be a girl with a family, back in 1701. Now she's an old vampire, forced into this unlife against her will and at a very high cost, powerful, angry and alone. There are no sparkly love stories here, just tragedy, loss and power.

A Discovery of WitchesA Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Do you love the idea of a dusty British library reading room, a mysterious magical manuscript that disappears as soon as it's discovered, and a forbidden love story between a witch and a vampire? This book is gothic, dark, mysterious, romantic, peopled with witches, vampires, and daemons, rich with history - and best yet...great characters and really well written!! It'll leave you craving book #2...which is due out July 10th!!

The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Prepare to be up all night. The setting is a unique circus that travels secretly and only opens at midnight. The author will entrance and enchant you with the descriptions of this circus that are so amazingly delicious and addictive, they will haunt your imagination forever - and that's just the setting. The story itself, a complex, fascinating story of REAL magic, amoral competition, and accidental love will leave you breathless and cheering for the characters to beat all odds and win together.

NightjohnNightjohn by Gary Paulsen

A historical novel - not Paulsen's usual fare but he's produced a remarkable story here. Sarny is a slave girl in the 1850's. Nightjohn is also a slave - or is he? He can read, and he's teaching Sarny how too, despite the huge risk. When Sarny accidentally spills the secret the punishments are beyond harsh, and she's sure that life and death are more important than learning how to read - but Nightjohn has some amazing plans in store.

NightNight by Elie Wiesel
The most tragic and horrific story on this list, and it's not fiction. When Elie Wiesel's family was forcibly removed from their home and taken to a concentration camp in German-occupied Poland during WWII, Elie was 15 years old. He was a deeply religious boy, who lovingly studied his Jewish faith and dreamed of studying the even more mystical and complex cabbala. Enduring the horror of the Holocaust on the very front lines was a test not only of his will to survive, but his sanity, and his faith. He is rocked body and soul by this experience, and again by surviving it. Much later he found himself compelled to share it, and it is an important story of our history, one that has many difficult lessons to teach today's students. This book is not an easy read, but it is a critical one.

Night FiresNight Fires by George Edward Stanley
Set in Oklahoma in 1923, this is the story of a boy whose father was recently killed in a car accident. He and his mother move to Lawton, OK from Washington DC, where their loss and grief get entangled with the racial unrest happening in this small town. Woodrow just wants to fit in, and find some friends who might help him deal with his sadness. His mom is nearly too sad to get out of bed, so when his neighbor offers some fatherly support, Woodrow is drawn in. But there is a strong KKK presence in Lawton, something his own father would have been set against - and his new friends are up to their pointy white hats involved with the Klan. Woodrow has to make a stand, but how many horrible acts will he commit in the name of weakness and need before he finds his strength?

The ReplacementThe Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Mackie doesn't remember the whole story - he was too little when it happened, but his sister does. She was four years old, awake in the night, and she watched while her little brother was stolen from his crib, and replaced with Mackie. And she loved him anyway. As did the rest of his family, even though they knew in their hearts he wasn't quite right. They buy all plastic silverware when they realize the iron in the metal hurts him. They protect him from harm when they discover the scent of blood makes him faint. They make up allergies to explain his pallor, and excuses to explain his absence from from church - even though his dad is the minister. But when another child is replaced, and the changeling dies, Mackie steps up. He's the only one who can go to the fae underworld to find out the truth, and the only one who can change it.

Wicked GirlsWicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill
Based on the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, this novel takes us inside the circle of girls who cried "Witch". The core group of three, Ann, Mercy and Margaret, and four other girls who come and go from the group, as the power dynamic shifts...and shift it does. It's all about power. In this time and place, young women had little to none and this was an opportunity to seize some. The power impress, to have your parents listen to you and treat you with respect, to get back at people in the town who had harmed you or your friends, and power to control the group itself. Before long, the frenzy they've whipped up results in not just imprisonments for the accused, but some hangings, and the girls begin to fear that they're in way over their heads.

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'Casting About Program 53

September 20, 2010 by Webmaster
The Bennett Martin Public Library Teen Advisory Board

PodcastListen now - 9:57, 6.8 MB

Scott talks with Alex and Erin from the Bennett Martin Public Library Teen Advisory Board about:

The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod
series by Heather Brewer

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Gere Books Talk - October 13, 2008

January 08, 2009 by Webmaster
"Vampire Fiction, Classic and Modern"

PodcastListen now - 50:43, 23.2 MB

Layne, from Eiseley Branch, discusses these books:

Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Chronicles of the Vampires series by Anne Rice
The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

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'Casting About, Program 21

October 24, 2008 by Webmaster
Sookie Stackhouse and Other "Fanged Fiction"

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Lisa and Susan discuss the Sookie Stackhouse series and other "Fanged Fiction".

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