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Rees, Douglas.
New York : Delacorte Press, 2003.
ISBN 0385901437

(3 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Cody is certainly not happy about the move.  His family has left California and settled in New Sodom, Massachusetts.  Cody's unhappiness is reflected in his school work.  He is failing every subject!  So, his father decides to send him to a magnet school.  But Vlad Dracul Magnet School is nothing like any of us know!  Academically, the school is very easy and Cody is assured a free ride.  But the other students are a bit odd.  Should Cody be worried about the tall, pale students?  Could it be?  Is this school a magnet school for vampires?  If so, what do they want with Cody?

Booktalk #2

Cody attempts to be a school failure in New Sodom, Massachusetts with hopes of returning to California where he did well, but, these attempts come to naught.His dad's new boss suggests that he transfer to ValdDraculMagnet School. Cody notices that most of the students are tall, dark-haired, pale-skinned, walk silently, and wear sunglasses.They attend classes and complete difficult homework assignments.They call themselves jenti.All Cody really needs to do is play water polo for the school.He does not need to go to classes or do any homework to make straight "A's."When a classmate yawns, Cody notices jentis have pointed teeth.Cody's actions cause quite a stir as he strives to survive Vampire High. Black-eyed Susan Award nominee 2005-2006

Booktalk #3

Have you ever really hated a decision your parents made?  Well, Cody Elliot’s father moved the family from idyllic California to New Sodom, Massachusetts, without even consulting his son on the matter.  How to get Cody’s viewpoint across?  Why, flunk out of his new school!  So it happens that Cody must choose yet another new school: either “Our Lady of Perpetual Homework” or “Vlad Dracul Magnet School”.  Perpetual homework?! Cody opts for Vlad Dracul.  Which is really a school for, ah, special Transylvanian Americans, ah, real vampires, who must allow a few human kids into their school to play on the school’s state mandated water polo team. (Vampires can’t abide water.) So, these humans don’t really have to do anything else and they will still get straight A’s. Neat, huh? Ugh, just another deal which makes what Cody does or aspires to NOT MATTER AT ALL!  Read this laugh-out-loud book to learn how to REALLY survive high school!  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2007-2008)

SUBJECTS:     Vampires -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Massachusetts -- Fiction.

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