Synopses & Reviews
Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn't mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It's up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity!
On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching.
Acclaimed authors Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan team up to create a witty and poignant story of cool vampires, warm friendships, and the changes that test the bonds of love.
"Larbalestier (Liar) and Brennan (the Demon's Lexicon trilogy) affectionately poke fun at vampire tropes and, in the process, create a memorable story about love, prejudice, and the lengths to which people will go in service of both. High school senior Mel Duan is not impressed when a 150-year old vampire (who looks like a teenager and talks like a 19th-century poet) enrolls in her school. Sure, New Whitby, Maine, is known for its large vampire population, but the vamps and humans keep to their own. Mel finds Francis merely annoying until her best friend Cathy falls for him and decides to become a vampire herself, at which point Mel shifts into full-blown protective mode. This smart and entertaining novel part Nancy Drew with vampires, part thoughtful and provocative story about assumptions fully blooms in the second half. Themes of honest friendship and freedom of choice mix with zombies, accidental romance, a diverse and complex cast, and sharply funny dialogue to create a thoroughly enjoyable read with a core of unexpected depth. Ages 13 up. Agents: (for Larbalestier) Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management; (for Brennan) Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Laugh-out-loud funny, heart-wrenchingly sad and fist-pump-in-the-air triumphant, this sparkling gem proves that vampires, zombies and even teenagers … at heart, were all on Team Human. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The authors both uphold the conventions of the contemporary vampire romance and comment on it. Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)
Smart and entertaining. Themes of honest friendship and freedom of choice mix with zombies, accidental romance, a diverse and complex cast, and sharply funny dialogue to create a thoroughly enjoyable read with a core of unexpected depth. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Team Human is both fearsome and funny, a fresh entry in the popular genre. The Horn Book
No matter what team youre on, there are characters here youll cheer for. Suspense, humor, and romance: Team Human has it all! Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of Evernight
Incredibly fresh and originaland absolutely charming. Cory Doctorow, New York Times Bestselling author
I could not be more a fan of this book than if I had a TEAM HUMAN cheerleader outfit ... brilliant, funny, sharply emotional! Rachel Caine, New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampire
Funny, scary, touching, and thoughtful in ways youd never expect: if you love vampire books, this is the book for youif you hate vampire books, this is also the book for you. Maureen Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Star
A witty, comedic parody that adds a fresh idea to the teen vampirenovel trend. Booklist
The perfect blend of humor, heart, brains (braaaaaaaainssss?) and thrills. Bulletin of the Center for Children & #8217;s Books
A witty story of friendship that has a poignancy that is rare, coupled with a dry humor that is truly laugh-out-loud funny. School Library Journal
Readers who love vampire romances will be thrilled to devour Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan. Team Human celebrates and parodies the Twilight books, as well as other classics in the paranormal romance genre.
Mel is horrified when Francis Duvarney, arrogant, gorgeous, and undead, starts at her high school. Mels best friend, Cathy, immediately falls for the vampire. Cathy is determined to be with him forever, even if having him turn her could inadvertently make her a zombie.
And Mel is equally determined to prove to her BFF that Francis is no good, braving the citys vampire district and kissing a cute boy raised by vampires as she searches evidence in this touching and comic novel.
About the Author
Justine Larbalestier is the author of Liar
, How to Ditch Your Fairy
, and the Magic or Madness trilogy, as well as the coeditor with Holly Black of Zombies vs. Unicorns
. She and her husband, author Scott Westerfeld, divide their time between Sydney, Australia, and New York City.
Sarah Rees Brennan was born and raised in Ireland. After earning her master's in creative writing in New York and doing library work in Surrey, England, she has returned to Dublin, Ireland, to write. She is the author of the novels The Demon's Lexicon, The Demon's Covenant, and The Demon's Surrender, and her short story "Let's Get This Undead Show on the Road" appears in the collection Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions.