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Somtow, S. P.

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ISBN 10: 0689319681 / ISBN 13: 9780689319686
Published by Atheneum., NY:, 1997
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Illustrated by Gary A. Lippincott. This copy signed by Somtow. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket with remainder dot. Bookseller Inventory # 8531

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Publisher: Atheneum., NY:

Publication Date: 1997

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Edition: 1st edition

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Life isn't easy for Johnny Shapiro, despite his mother's success as the author of a book about his Lakota grandfather. He finds it hard to "fit in" in his new school--until he meets Rebecca, a new student as well, and the half-human daughter of a vampire.

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Grade 7 Up. Johnny Shapiro's mother wrote a best-seller about his Lakota grandfather and, because of its success, the family moves to California. Johnny, 15, has difficulty in school until Rebecca arrives on the scene, announcing that she is the half-human daughter of a vampire. As Johnny and Rebecca's relationship deepens, they are faced with decisions about their future and how those decisions will affect their lives, together and apart. This book is a quick read, drawing readers in right from the start. However, it quickly becomes forgettable. The plot is highly imaginative and the "cultural" interactions are a compelling if strange blend. For example, Johnny goes on a vision quest to come to terms with Rebecca's decision to have a Halloween party to become a full-fledged vampire. The characters are the weak link here. While they struggle with their identities, decisions, and situations, readers feel little compassion, empathy, or identification with and for them. While Johnny and Rebecca "go through the motions" required of the plot, they seem to grow and change based on events. The crashing climax is like the characters?quick, tied in a bow, and heedless of the need to explore what the changes mean. However, this book is not without merit. The comical scenes, such as a teenage vampire explaining menstruation to Johnny's younger sister, are funny. The often-silent, wise and caring grandfather holds the story together. If you have a "creep and gore" audience, wait for this title to come out in paperback and purchase it then.?Molly S. Kinney, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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