A chess-playing vampire?
Sam Bamford loves playing online chess with his Romanian friend Vlad. Sam's brother, Robert, is sure Vlad knows vampires, since the original Dracula lived in Romania. Maybe he is even related to one. Sam doesn't believe Robert at first, but when he learns that Vlad is coming to New York for a chess tournament -- even though he is only supposed to be a beginner -- he suspects that Vlad is keeping secrets from him. Is it possible that his friend really is a vampire -- and now he's coming for a visit?
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Elizabeth Levy loves to tell stories that combine serious issues with humor. She has proven it with her award-winning books for young readers, including My Life As A Fifth-Grade Comedian, Keep Ms. Sugarman In The Fourth Grade, and other best-selling books in the Sam and Robert series, including Frankenstein Moved In On The Fourth Floor and Dracula Is A Pain In The Neck. She lives in New York City.
Sally Wern Comport has been making pictures professionally since the age of sixteen. Her images have been seen in the editorial, advertising, and publishing markets worldwide, and her work includes the picture book Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure, by Robert D. San Souci. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with her studio partner -- husband and their two daughters, Taylor and Olivia, and she recently completed her graduate education at Syracuse University to further her passion for the art of illustration.From Booklist:
Gr. 3-6. In the fine tradition of Night of the Living Gerbil (2001), 11-year-old Sam, his younger brother, Robert, and their irritating cousin, Mabel, return for another tale set in New York. Sam is playing chess online with 12-year-old Vlad Clinciu living in Bucharest, Romania. Mabel prattles on about vampires and Count Dracula, but Sam and Vlad simply enjoy the back-and-forth of chess play. Vlad and his family come to New York so Vlad can be in a chess tournament, and Sam is astounded and annoyed to find that his friend is not a chess beginner at all. Meanwhile, Mabel and Robert find all sorts of reasons to believe that Vlad is a vampire and try to convince Sam. Along with the slightly mysterious goings-on, readers will enjoy getting a tour of New York City as kids and adults revel in showing their town to the visitors. Levy's light touch works well here. GraceAnne DeCandido
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