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Initial post: 5 Jun 2012 21:06:39 BDT
Frenchie says:
Hello everyone. I was wondering if there is a vampire series that is not scary or gruesome? my boy is 11 but gets scared easily as he has a vivid imagination. Also, he is scared of the dark and has to sleep with a little light on, so, I do not want scary books to give him nightmares. But seeing so many vampires series, I was wondering if I should try to get some for him. Or maybe we should just stick to dragons and magic.

Posted on 6 Jun 2012 00:32:18 BDT
The Zocat says:
Surely the whole point of vampires is that they are scary. There are lots of books that are exciting that are not to do with dragons and magic though, though I do like a good magic and dragon book. Philip Reeve's Larklight trilogy, Larklight is a steampunk story for children, with slightly scary moments but also a great deal of humour. The scary element is very much of the alternative world of the books, unlike vampires, which, in fiction exist in our world and thus are so much more scary! Too late at night to think of anymore of my claimed "lots of books"! Maybe more tomorrow.

Posted on 7 Jun 2012 21:51:39 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jun 2012 21:55:02 BDT
Hazel says:
I haven't read the books, but there is a series about a young vampire. The little Vampire.

I have also heard of a great series of books about a young werewolf. Not sure about the age group, but I think it is not too scary.
One of the books is Birthday Surprise (Alfie the Werewolf)

My nephew loved the Warrior cats books by Erin Hunter, when he was 10/11. I like them very much too, btw.
There is no magic in these books. They reminded me of Watership Down (but about cats).
Warriors Box Set: Volumes 1 to 6
They are very exciting, but as they are about cats and the events are not likely to happen a boy, hopefully they will not scare your son.
I suggest you read an excerpt yourself (but you don't need me to tell you that)
For more information you can check out the official website:

I know you asked about vampires, but I got the feeling that you were just looking for something different from what he usually reads, and I think this is a series a boy (or girl) can really get into.

Good luck and happy reading.

Posted on 8 Jun 2012 10:17:24 BDT
Frenchie says:
thank you Zocat and Hazel. Zocat, I think my reluctance with vampire books comes from that I read once a Stephen King's book about vampires taking over a town, there was a young boy who did not get biten by them, I cannot remember the title, but I was quite young and it scared me no end (my big sister was reading it, and I read behind her back, big mistake). I am going to check the Larklight series
Hazel, I will check all the books in your list, especially the warrior cats. It really sounds good. My boy has read so many books, believe it or not, he even read The Fellowship of the Ring, and I thought orcs and black riders would scare him but no. But then again, he read a book called Night of the Living Veg (Buster Bayliss) and he got scared. Go and figure.
Oh yes, I read most of my children books (well, not the Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys or Enid, as I know the language is quite correct :) , time permitting. Otherwise, I rely heavily on reviews from parents. If there is bad language or not age appropriate scenes, someone is bound to say it.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2012 16:56:34 BDT
amoratado says:
You could try Picus the Thief by Robin Bennett. Based on the vampires of European Folklore, Picus is a michievious little vampire who sets out on a "grail" quest to recover the sword Exkylipyr. Disowned by his parents for cowardice and chased for a theft he goes to Angleland, where he befriends the humans and manages to win the sword he was sent to steal. Getting home he's faced with trying to prevent a civil war amongst the vampires! Good pace and full of clever humour. And it's a beautiful book with gorgeous illustrations.


In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2012 18:32:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jun 2012 18:52:21 BDT
LEP says:
If he's sensitive, why try him on vampires just because they are the vogue (for girls) in some quarters?

Stick to stuff he actually likes.

Has he tried the Percy Jackson series?
Then there's the Hobbit by Tolkien.
The Magic Toll Booth by Norton Juster. (may be a bit young)

The review for the Picus the Thief series mentioned above look good, but recommends it for Adults and YA's. So perhaps he's a little young as yet.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2012 18:39:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jun 2012 18:49:01 BDT
LEP says:
Skulduggery Pleasant books by Derek Landy (funny)
The Diamond Brothers series - Anthony Harrowitz (first book is The Falcon's Malteezers (sp?) - funny series)
Artemis Fowl series - Eion Colfer

Posted on 8 Jun 2012 20:09:35 BDT
L. Howe says:
How about Diary of a Wimpy Vampire By Tim Collins. Light hearted undead writing. Werewolves included in the series too.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2012 20:32:36 BDT
Frenchie says:
LEP, it is because they'll do vampire reading at school, from time to time. So, I wanted to prepare him a bit.Yes, he has read the Percy Jackson, the whole series of Beast Quest, the Hobbit, The Ranger's Apprentice, H.I.V.E series, the famous 5, the Mysteries series by Enid Blyton too, the Eragon Trilogy and so many other books. At the moment, he has just started on Skulduggery Pleasant, book 2. He is quite an avid reader.
We'll have a look at The Magic Toll Booth by Norton Juster.
Thank you very much for your suggestions.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2012 20:33:20 BDT
Frenchie says:
thank you Amoratado, I will check this with him. It sounds good.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2012 20:34:17 BDT
Frenchie says:
Thank you L. we'll check this too. It is good, we have plenty of material to review and he can make his choice. I do appreciate.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2012 20:39:32 BDT
LEP says:
Try him with the Artemis Fowl books. My son loved them.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2012 21:11:17 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jun 2012 21:22:26 BDT
LEP says:
The Weirstone of Brisingamen
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
The Dark is Rising series - Susan Cooper
Skellig - David Almond

Posted on 10 Jun 2012 18:15:18 BDT
Frenchie says:
I read the Dark is Rising series, I found it in Oxfam for 64p (the 3 books in one). I loved it. I understand it was her first attempt at Y.A literature, and I think she pulled it off brilliantly. But my son does not seem to be interested, so, I have left it on the shelf, in evidence. Maybe later on, or his 9 year old sis might pick it up. Or I might re-read it.

I will check the other 3 titles.
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