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 Fake blood
 Author: Gardner, Whitney

 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
 Pub Year: 2018

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 332 p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 366721 ISBN: 9781481495561
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Graphic novels
 Vampires -- Fiction
 Middle schools -- Fiction
 School stories

Price: $18.61

In order to get the attention of Nia, the girl he likes, eleven-year-old A.J. pretends to be a vampire, unaware that she intends to be a slayer. In graphic novel format.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 2.50
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 197560
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.20
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 75661

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/15/18)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/18)
 The Hornbook (00/11/18)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 10/15/2018 In Portland, AJ is entering the sixth grade, along with his competitive friends Hunter and Ivy and his secret crush, vampire-­obsessed Nia. AJ feels his life is boring and doesn’t think Nia will find anything interesting about him. So when they are paired together for a research project, AJ pretends to be a vampire, only to learn Nia is a vampire slayer. With a well-balanced mix of angst and amusement in her debut graphic novel, Gardner fills her story with a diverse cast of vivid characters, who are even more believable when they lie to appear more interesting. In her comical full-color artwork, Gardner keeps the pace at a tidy clip, interspersing frequent full-page spreads and unconventional perspectives among more typical panel layouts. The expressive characters are drawn in a cartoonish, Muppet-faced style, while the settings are detailed and atmospheric. With recognizable references to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Twilight saga, the book wryly mixes paranormal with mystery. It’s sizable at 300-plus pages, but reassure young readers that this moves fast and has lots of laughs. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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