Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Children's Book Review: Blood Diaries: Tales of a 6th Grade Vampire by Marissa Moss

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Creston Books, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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If your child loved Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Clueless Magee, they will love this new book!

Blood Diaries: Tales of a 6th Grade Vampire cover

Middle school is tough enough for normal humans, but when you're a vampire, it's even more challenging. Edgar rises to the occasion with wit, humor, and some help from his friends.


The author is known for her Amelia's Notebook series of books, which are more girl-centered. This book leans more toward boys, but girls will enjoy it as well! It is a preteen reader, aimed at ages 8-12, grades 2-7. 

Blood Diaries: Tales of a 6th Grade Vampire sample

As you can see from the sample, Edgar is a but dead pan, but the story and it's quirks are hilariously right on to life as pre-teen. By the end of the first chapter your child will be TOTALLY immersed in the book and wanting to see what happens to Edgar next! Kids will cheer for Edgar as he chooses to go against his family's wishes and opt to shudder into middle school and try to be a normal teen. But as the sample above shows, when you can't even be photographed, things can't BE normal, can they? And yet, when he's not normal, he becomes popular. There is something there for kids to remember- everyone IS different and unique!

They are puns aplenty in this book, so much so that adult readers will find it laugh out funny as well! The illustrations are cute and perfectly match the tone of the story as well. This book will give parents and preteens lots to talk about and share, and it's a fun read at 125 pages!

About the Author:

Marissa Moss has written and illustrated more than 50 books for children. Her popular Amelia's Notebook series has sold millions of copies and been translated into five languages. The recipient of numerous awards, including ALA Notable, Best Books in Booklist, Amelia Bloomer Pick of the List, and the California Book Award, she lives in Berkeley, CA.

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