Vampire High: Sophomore Year
Author: Douglas Rees
Publisher: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Publication: July 2010
Ages: 12 and up
Things have settled into an unsteady peace for gadje (human) Cody Elliot at Vlad Dracul as he begins his sophomore year among the jenti (vampires). But, unfortunately, peace at home is destroyed by the entry of his artistic cousin, Turk Stone, into his life. Turk is rude, crude and highly unhappy, and she seems determined that everyone around her be the same.
As far as Cody is concerned, it is working.
But, when Turk has a crazy-but-brilliant idea—to open an art gallery (featuring her own artwork, of course) for the town in a dilapidated 19th-century mill in the abandoned Crossfield district of New Sodom, things begin to change between Cody and his cousin. And, for some reason, Gregor, a dark, brooding leader in the jenti community, decides to throw his support behind the project, conceding, “… sometimes, Cody Elliot, you accomplish more with your stupid ideas than the cleverest jenti. This will be one of those times,” (p. 198).
The attitude at large among the jenti, however—including Cody’s girlfriend, jenti princess Ileana Antoneacu and his best friend Justin Warrener—is the same: Crossfield should be forgotten, and the project must not succeed. And, when his girlfriend and best friend give him ultimatums, and the city tries to shut his project down, Cody just becomes that much more determined to succeed, deciding that maybe Turk’s crazy-but-brilliant idea isn’t so crazy, after all.
But, it may be impossible.
Vampire High: Sophomore Year is author Douglas Rees’s follow-up to the thrilling, award-winning and mega-popular Vampire High. It is a great book for both girls and boys, and reluctant readers will enjoy the fast-pace at which the storyline moves. Also, the ongoing disagreements, fighting and warring between the different factions of jenti highlight just how foolish the fighting in our own human society has become in the 21st Century, and makes the reader ask the old familiar question: “Can’t we all just get along?”
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