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Vampire High (2003)

by Douglas Rees

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- Cody is not adapting well to his family’s move from California to New Sodom, Massachusetts. Fed up with his lack of effort at the local high school, Cody’s dad transfers him to Vlad Dracul, where, much to Cody’s surprise, he is given a ‘free ride’ (all As with practically no effort) simply for playing on the school’s water polo team. As Cody discovers more and more about his strange classmates, he discovers that he may not be content with that free ride… Interesting concept, amusing at times, a bit childish…I like the change in Cody’s attitude. ( )
  kayceel | Aug 15, 2013 |
A very good book if you like vampires but want to avoid the 80-million Twilight, True Blood, and Vampire Diaries carbon copies. ( )
  benuathanasia | Sep 9, 2012 |
This book is about a boy that is very bad at school on perpose to tell his parents he does not belong in there new home. But his parents don't give in that they should move back to Californa. His parents disiude that he should be put in another school, that is when he goes to the Draclar high. things are very wierd, and the only reson he was put in was because he promised to join the swim team. The classes were hard and chanlenging. The people looked the same. and he finds out a big secert. this is a vampire school! he was put on the swin eam because vampires can't swim so a human had to do it. And if he did he would get 100% on every assinment he had, even if he turned in a blank peice of paper. At first it was a cool, but after a day he feels as if he is being use. He starts doing every bit of work. And asked all of his teachers to give him a proper grade. They say no. Then he helps his friends in so many ways that the teachers disied to help him.they give him a proper grade and all is well.
I like this book because the charaters the auther put in the book. the way they react to things in many difret ways. Like the boy was rude and unrespectful, but helped his friends as much as he could. He risd his life to save his friends. And the girl he like was hard but also sencitive. His friend was unuseally but very creative. They have there own personalty. That is why i like this book. ( )
  Alexis.Goodro | May 28, 2012 |
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Rees (Lightning Time) sinks his teeth into teenage satire with this witty and original vampire novel. The narrator, 15-year-old Cody Elliot, is rebelling against his family's move from California to New Sodom, Mass., mostly by failing at school. His parents transfer him to what they are told is a public magnet school, Vlad Dracul. With bold, almost hyperbolic humor, the author describes a lavish campus, impossibly erudite students (nearly all of whom are tall, pale and raven-haired) and ludicrously difficult assignments. As the title suggests, the school proves to be almost entirely populated by vampires (or "jenti," the term these vampires prefer), a premise Rees exploits with aplomb. Cody, along with the six other "gadje" (non-jenti) students, has been accepted only to fill out the state-required water polo team (jenti, of course, are deathly afraid of water), and no one cares about his schoolwork-he is to get automatic A's. Unlike his numbskull teammates and their sodden coach, however, Cody refuses to accept his free ride. Friendship with a bullied jenti and a tentative romantic interest in a jenti aristocrat prompt Cody to probe the boundaries of jenti/gadje relations, an effort which, in this author's hands, also translates to an exploration of classic teen tensions between wishing to belong and maintaining individuality. The resolution is marred by some oddities in narrative logic (suddenly vampires are related to selkies), but on balance the story is fluid and fun. Ages 12-up ( )
  EBurggraf | May 17, 2012 |
This book is about a boy that has been doing very badly at school because he is upset that he moved away from home. So his parents make him go to a new school. The new school is very strange and on his very first day he finds out that he goes to a school of vampires! He is only there the go to the swim team because they have to keep the school going. He id being reworded by not geting grades in his work and just geting A+ on every thing. Then he starts to like a girl, which is a vampire, and he gets his frist friend, which is a vampire. He starts to feel that he should get grades for the effort he puts into it. so he does his own work even though he doesn't need to. He was determind to get teachers to grade him. So as he is trying to get school to grade him, he is using this as a charm for the girl he likes which is now one of his friends. Soon he wins the battle and starts to get his own grades. With that the girl he likes likes him back, he is living the life. After all he went through, being called names, and been turned down, he is now constroed legindary.
I liked this book because it was funny and a learning lieson. It had a very good story behind it. A boy who learnds to try the best of himself and do his best, and for nnever give. It makes me think of thing I could do. That why i like books they make me think, not only about the events but how the could affect my life if i really did happen. ( )
  Alexis.Goodro | May 7, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 044023834X, Mass Market Paperback)

It doesn’t take long for Cody Elliot to realize that his new high school is a little different. The other students are supernaturally strong, don’t like the sunlight, and are always placing orders at the local blood bank. When his new friend shows him his fangs, Cody doesn’t need any more clues—these kids are vampires! As Cody struggles to fit into this secretive community, he disrupts centuries of human-vampire segregation, with some serious—and some seriously funny—consequences.

In sharp, humorous, and insightful prose, Douglas Rees creates a world of vampires where the real issue for humans is not the fear of being bitten, but the need to get along.


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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, pale-skinned, supernaturally strong students to Charon, the wolf who guides him around campus on the first day.… (more)

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