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PublisherYearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books) an imprint of Random House Children's Books
Publication date7th June 2012
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The Vampire Fighters (The Vampire series Book 3)
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The Vampire Fighters is the third installment in award-winning Pete Johnson's vampire series, and it is the funniest yet. These books are absolutely perfect for young readers who love spooky stories, but aren't quite ready to dive into the world of full-blown horror or paranormal romance just yet. Marcus is thirteen and dealing with all the problems a typical thirteen-year-old has (the embarrassment of parents, the mysteries of girls), and his self-deprecating, sarcastic take on all those things is hilarious enough. Then add to the mix the fact that he's secretly a half-vampire, and it all gets a lot more complicated.In this story, a seriously creepy Winter Fair has arrived in town, and a number of terrifying attacks have started happening. Somehow, Marcus gets roped into tracking down the culprit. All he wants is an easy life, but it looks like it's up to him to save the day . . . again!
SynopsisThe Vampire Fighters (The Vampire series Book 3) by Pete Johnson
Life has never been more complicated for thirteen-year-old Marcus. It's not easy trying to hide your secret identity as a half-vampire, avoid garlic at all costs, and work up the courage to ask a girl out. Especially when that girl is vampire-crazy Tallulah; plus, Marcus' parents are still convinced his special power is going to arrive any day now. And they're trying not to show their disappointment every time another day passes and it doesn't appear - but Marcus is totally feeling the pressure. As if that wasn't bad enough, a seriously creepy Winter Fair has arrived in town - and a number of terrifying attacks have started happening. Giles believes a super-evil sect of Deadly Vampires is behind them, and Marcus suspects an eerie ventriloquist at the Fair. All Marcus wants is an easy life. But now it's up to him to save the day...
Reviews[Johnson's books are] highly accessible and always au fait with current tween preoccupations . . . But best of all, they are funny. It's the dialogue that really sparkles. . . . The Vampire Blog builds some real tension with the threat to Marcus, and there are some creepy scenes in the woods and some gruesome scenes with a goodly dollop of fangly terror. Perfect. -- Bookbag on Vampire Blog
About The Author
When Pete Johnson was ten, he wrote a fan letter to Dodie Smith – author of The Hundred and One Dalmatians. She wrote back to him and the two began exchanging letters. “She was the first person to encourage me to become a writer,” says Pete, who began sending stories to publishers at the age of eleven.
After studying English at Birmingham University, Pete worked as a film critic for some local newspapers. This led to a plum job as a film critic on Radio One.
It was working as a teacher at a secondary school that inspired Pete’s first published novel, Secrets From The School Underground and his short story collection, One Step Beyond. Pete gained some valuable insight by inviting his students to comment on his writing. “They helped to make me tough on my writing,” says Pete, “I learnt that bad books – and clichés – arise when a writer doesn’t know enough about his world.” Today, Pete still regularly visits schools and libraries to keep in close contact with his readers.
Pete has written numerous books for dyslexic & reluctant readers - his book Diary of an (Un)teenager has sold over 25,000 copies.
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