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Initial post: 1 May 2013 18:09:44 BDT
Carly J says:
Books for 13 year olds on things like vampires (but not twilight)

Posted on 1 May 2013 19:55:36 BDT
The original book I am Legend by Richard Matheson is about a sort of vampire plague and quite good. I've recently read The Strain, which is good but written at an adult level, although I don't think there is anything inappropriate for younger readers. The Passage is another interesting take on vampires, but once again and adult book although I don't recall any sex scenes or anything like that. And of course there is the original Dracula by Bram Stoker.

I don't know if you like Zombies at all, but Charlie Higson's The Enemy series is one of the best YA series ever in my opinion. They aren't typical zombie books, but more about the relationships between the young people who are the only uninfected humans left. All the adults have been stricken down by a plague that kills them or leaves them insane and with a desire for human flesh. They are not undead though and once dead stay dead. The children are left to rebuild society, with just a touch of Lord of the Flies as some children vie for power in the new world.

Sorry I can't think of more for your age group, but most of the vampire books I have read would be less than ideal for your age. then again, maybe I just worry a bit too much Twilight likely has every bit as many adult subjects as books like Anne Rice's series.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2013 13:16:16 BDT
Carly J says:
Thank You. I shall try some of those suggestions :)

Posted on 2 May 2013 15:58:15 BDT
peter burley says:
we actually run a book shop - the most popular in this area seems to be either Darren Shan or Chris dLacey - happy to assist

Posted on 2 May 2013 16:21:43 BDT
Samantha St says:
Might be a little young for a 13 year old but there is a 5 book series from Sienna Mercer Stake Out! (My Sister the Vampire) about twin sisters separated at birth, who are reunited when they are in their teens. However, one is a vampire and the other is human; both have been adopted and start the look for their biological parents. I'm presently reading the third book with my 10 year old daughter and enjoying it

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2013 16:22:40 BDT
Carly J says:
Thank You :)

Posted on 2 May 2013 17:40:27 BDT
Admittedly not vampies, but I notice you have a second more generic thread on here too, and it does have fighting and magic and the occasional supernatural being! I'd strongly recommend Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness Quartet and the series' that follow it set in the same world. I first read them at around 12 or 13, and they've been regular re-reads over the 20-ish years since, plus I've loaned them to an adult friend and her two teenage daughters and all three of them loved them too. The first quartet is about Alanna, who wants to be a knight, not trained up as a genteel lady who sits indoors and does needlework. So she switches places with her twin brother and disguises herself as a boy for the 8 years it takes to beome knighted. I loved that she was actively making her own life happen, not just sitting around for the hero to come and rescue her, which was a bit of a novelty in fantasy writing. I think my favourites are the second and third quartets, but I enjoy all of her books really.

And for a slightly different take on vampires, how about giving Terry Pratchett's Carpe Jugulum a go. Again, I started reading him at around your age so although they're on the adult shelves, they shouldn't be too old for you (either in content or difficulty).

Posted on 2 May 2013 17:49:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 May 2013 17:50:10 BDT
As a school librarian, I can definitely recommend Darren Shan. He has written several series of books which are suitable and they are always popular. your daughter might also like "The Vampkre Stalker" by Allison van Diepen, which is a bit different or the "Hunt" books by Andrew Fukuda. All these are good!

Posted on 3 May 2013 19:44:48 BDT
Carly J says:
Great help
Cheers :)

Posted on 5 May 2013 13:50:37 BDT
The Wanderer says:
Vampirates by Justin Somper. It's about Vampire pirates as well as normal pirates. It's set in a modern world too. I read the first couple of books when I was around 12 or 13 ( I'm 18 now) and I would definitely recommend them :)

Posted on 6 May 2013 12:29:35 BDT
J. Seilo says:
I would have to recommend Department 19, as I feel it has brought vampire fiction into the modern age. (minus the sparkling...) There are currently three books in the series, as well as a few short stories to keep you going.
Department 19
It appears to be quite cheap on kindle too.

Posted on 6 May 2013 12:55:48 BDT
J. Seilo - I wasn't aware department 19 was for teens - one for my wish list too - it might suit my son.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2013 16:16:23 BDT
J. Seilo says:
I would admit it's a bit gory, but it's described in such a way that the full emotional impacts of such violence on each character contributes to the story as well as adding to the reader's understanding of their personality.

Posted on 7 May 2013 16:52:37 BDT
Charlie Higson's the Enemy series is a bit gory as well - but he loved that. He is only 8 but likes more mature books .... as longa s it isn't too mature - no graphic sex scenes I hope.

Posted on 8 May 2013 12:22:55 BDT
I. Turner says:
Terry Pratchett is brilliant - some of Kelley Armstrong's books are really good and she has written quite a few for teenagers.

Posted on 10 May 2013 16:32:31 BDT
'My Swordhand is Singing' by Marcus Sedgewick Mrs. Librarian

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Posted on 11 May 2013 19:50:14 BDT
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Posted on 12 May 2013 15:26:03 BDT
GEM - you really seem to be promoting his book - did you write it? I'm afraid we have more authors promoting books than readers, one even used to go so far as to use multiple accounts and script conversations with himself.

If you have a new book you wish to promote - please use the Meet the authors forum, or at least the authors thread on this site.

Posted on 13 May 2013 10:41:57 BDT
Interesting. This exact same message is in my e-mail 3 times, on the same thread, and in the 2 deleted ones, the poster used a real name, with the same surname as the author! And for some reason, they decided to delete the first two and post again with just initials, perhaps thinking we wouldn't notice! How classy!

Posted on 13 May 2013 11:13:08 BDT
An interesting choice for a 13 year old would be the first series of Digimon: Digital Monsters as the first main enemy Devimon is sort of vampiric. Then after that the next main recurring villain is Myotismon, when the heroes begin the search for the eigth "Digi-destined", is clearly a vampire and is a really great character I remember watching the series anime. His minion Demidevimon, the previous form of the afforementioned Devimon is also fun and together are a dynamic duo of villainry. The series does also focus on the journey through the digital world but over a decade on I have fond memories of these original series (the continuations where samey and dull) but after the Myotismon saga, the Dark Masters saga is also a good watch/read. watching the anime online would be a recommendation or reading the graphic novels would be an inexpensive but great way of getting into it. When looking for vampires for teenagers/children, I can think of nothing better (and the Dark Masters saga finishes the first arc so you virtually get a complete series).

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Posted on 22 Jun 2013 14:09:14 BDT
Jay - read this girls posts. She is an intelligent articulate teenager. Why would she want a nursery school picture book?

Carly - Have just read something you might enjoy - The Fury
The Fury

But I'm not going to tell you anything about it. Read the amazon blurb and the 1st review. If you are interested don't read anything else - especially the blurb on the back of the book as it contains spoilers. The less you know about this book the better as there are some incredible twists and it will keep you guessing all the way through. Without a doubt a 5 star read for both older children and adults, but had I known too much about it - I wouldn't have read it. Just trust me - it is brilliant. Only one drawback - it's a bit of slow starter, but once it gets going you can't put it down.

Unlike the Amazon reviewer though. I found the ending did wrap things up, although there are some unanswered questions. Really hope theya re right about a sequel. Can't wait.
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