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ISBN13: 9780316013734
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Well, if pirates are bad,
And vampires are worse,
Then I pray that as long as I be
That though I sing of Vampirates
I never one shall see.

Twins, Connor and Grace, never dreamed that there was any truth to the Vampirate shanty their father sang to them before he died, but that was before the two were shipwrecked and separated from each other. For Connor, who is taken aboard a pirate ship, there's the chance to learn to swordfight, but for Grace, aboard a mysterious ship of vampire pirates, the danger is great. The twins want more than anything to find each other, but their time is limited and they're an ocean apart.

Review:

"Set in the 26th century on Australia's Crescent Moon Bay, Somper's portmanteau of two fiction favorites — pirates and vampires — is a gleefully quick read. When lighthouse keeper Dexter Tempest passes away, heavily laden with debt, his 14-year-old twin children, Connor and Grace, find themselves suddenly homeless. The teens cannot bear the offer of sanctuary from the town's wealthy bank manager ('I'd rather die,' says Connor), so they steal their father's boat and cast out to sea. A storm quickly dashes their vessel, and Connor is rescued by a passing pirate ship. Grace has been rescued, too, but by the Vampirate ship, 'a dark ship that has been sailing through all eternity,' the topic of a beloved shanty the twins' father always sang to them. The narrative alternates between the two ships, painting a vivid picture of life on a pirate ship while simultaneously stretching and teasing out the mystery of the vampirates for much of the book. Grace eventually meets the captain of her ship, an elusive figure who lets slip that he may have known their father — and later learns that she is to be the ship's new 'donor.' Somper deftly draws parallels to the real world — its hungers, its sicknesses, its gluttony — with his fascinating vampire captain, who imposes a strict regimen of 'take only the blood you need' on his crew, ensuring that the donors remain healthy, too. An enigmatic conclusion leaves the galley door wide open for sequels. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Fans of piracy, vampires, and just plain entertaining stories will love to read about Grace and Connor's journey to find each other again, and will beg for more from this talented author." Children's Literature

Synopsis:

Twins, Connor and Grace, never dreamed that there was any truth to the Vampirate shanty their father sang to them before he died, but that was before the two were shipwrecked and separated from each other. For Connor, who is taken aboard a pirate ship, there's the chance to learn to swordfight, but for Grace, aboard a mysterious ship of vampire pirates, the danger is great. What will it take for them to find each other? Totally original...I wish I'd had this idea. -Anthony Horowitz

About the Author

Justin Somper worked in the editorial and marketing departments of various UK children's publishers before establishing his own children's creative consultancy. He took swordfighting classes to help him write the fight scenes in Vampirates.

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Princess Sparkle, April 24, 2010 (view all comments by Princess Sparkle)
A rather awful little bit of YA fiction, it contains more than its share of over-used plot devices, trite situations, and is a blatant attempt to cash in on the current fascination with both pirates and vampires. I wish it was forgettable, but I'm afraid it will stay with me, much like an especially gory newscast. There is so much good literature for young adults out there, this book seems like a sad waste of paper.
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KateKanzaki86, January 24, 2007 (view all comments by KateKanzaki86)
I simply loved this book and the characters in it. Although it leaves the read wishing there was more. Much More!____! Well anywho it's a great book and every one should read it at least once. If they dont they are fools cause there missing out on a good story.
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draculachris, December 30, 2006 (view all comments by draculachris)
the book was really good, it held my attention the hole story, but the ending was really bad it just cuts off
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316013734
Author:
Somper, Justin
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Twins
Subject:
Vampires
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Pirates
Subject:
Children s-Scary Stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Vampirates
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
330
Dimensions:
7.92x5.54x1.12 in. .87 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in the 26th century on Australia's Crescent Moon Bay, Somper's portmanteau of two fiction favorites — pirates and vampires — is a gleefully quick read. When lighthouse keeper Dexter Tempest passes away, heavily laden with debt, his 14-year-old twin children, Connor and Grace, find themselves suddenly homeless. The teens cannot bear the offer of sanctuary from the town's wealthy bank manager ('I'd rather die,' says Connor), so they steal their father's boat and cast out to sea. A storm quickly dashes their vessel, and Connor is rescued by a passing pirate ship. Grace has been rescued, too, but by the Vampirate ship, 'a dark ship that has been sailing through all eternity,' the topic of a beloved shanty the twins' father always sang to them. The narrative alternates between the two ships, painting a vivid picture of life on a pirate ship while simultaneously stretching and teasing out the mystery of the vampirates for much of the book. Grace eventually meets the captain of her ship, an elusive figure who lets slip that he may have known their father — and later learns that she is to be the ship's new 'donor.' Somper deftly draws parallels to the real world — its hungers, its sicknesses, its gluttony — with his fascinating vampire captain, who imposes a strict regimen of 'take only the blood you need' on his crew, ensuring that the donors remain healthy, too. An enigmatic conclusion leaves the galley door wide open for sequels. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Fans of piracy, vampires, and just plain entertaining stories will love to read about Grace and Connor's journey to find each other again, and will beg for more from this talented author."
"Synopsis" by , Twins, Connor and Grace, never dreamed that there was any truth to the Vampirate shanty their father sang to them before he died, but that was before the two were shipwrecked and separated from each other. For Connor, who is taken aboard a pirate ship, there's the chance to learn to swordfight, but for Grace, aboard a mysterious ship of vampire pirates, the danger is great. What will it take for them to find each other? Totally original...I wish I'd had this idea. -Anthony Horowitz
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