The symptoms are clear. Your tween reader is suddenly in love with an older man. A much older man. His name is Edward Cullen. Or maybe your teen suddenly asks about becoming a vegetarian. You know, like the vampires. Before you know it, you’ve been dragged to a midnight showing of Twilight and you have no idea what has gotten into your tween!
These symptoms have been manifesting themselves in my classroom for weeks now. Boys and girls alike are working their way through Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) series. But what do they read after they finish the addictive story of Edward and Bella?
For the reader who is now obsessed with vampires:
- London, 1850 (The Vampire Plagues I) by Sebastian Rook- Set in London’s Victorian Age, an enormous ship has just reached port. From its hull, a flock of bats ascends and disappears into the streets of London. Jack plans to board the ship, in search of food or money to steal. Instead, he meets a boy who is running for his life! The boy recounts horrific tales about a vampire plague that’s killed the entire crew. Jack immediately vows to vanquish the creatures and this is the first book in a series. Great for those who love the vampires in Meyers’ books!
- Encyclopedia Horrifica: The Terrifying TRUTH! About Vampires, Ghosts, Monsters, and More by Joshua Gee- A non-fiction book perfect for the vampire afficionado. Dying to know more about vampires, ESP, ghosts, aliens, and everything else horrific? This encyclopedia covers it all with facts and humor.
- Cirque Du Freak Boxed Set #1 by Darren Shan- Soon to be a feature-length motion picture starring John C. Reilly and Salma Hayek, Cirque Du Freak is the story of a young boy who visits a freak show and must become a vampire in order to save his friend’s life. Sufficiently gory and creepy in turn, this is a series that rarely stays on the shelves in my classroom library. With the movie being released in 2009, it will only grow in popularity!
For the romance lover:
- The Luxe by Anna Godbersen- Like Gossip Girl, only set in the 1890’s, this luscious tale of murder (or so the reader thinks), love, class, and wealth is full of ballrooms, gowns, and illicit romances. My Meyers’ fans are passing this series around and loving it!
For the “I love Stephenie Meyers and Gossip Girl/The Clique” reader:
- Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, Book 1) by Melissa de la Cruz- This story features a group of attractive, privileged Manhattan teens who attend a prestigious private school. Sound familiar? Schuyler Van Alen is 15 and the last of the line in a distinguished Manhattan family. Schuyler and her friends Oliver and Dylan are treated like outsiders by the clique of popular, athletic, and beautiful teens made up of Mimi Force, her twin brother, and her best friend at their school. Little do they know that they are all more connected than they realize. What they have in common is the fact that they are all Blue Bloods, or vampires. They don’t realize that they aren’t normal teens until they reach age 15. Then the symptoms manifest themselves and they begin to crave raw meat, have nightmares about events in history, and get prominent blue veins in their arms. Their immortality and way of life are threatened after Blue Blood teens start getting murdered by a splinter group called the Silver Bloods.
The “I will read anything Stephenie Meyers says is great” fan:
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- When Stephenie Meyer mentioned on her website that she loved Suzanne Collins’ new book, The Hunger Games, teens all over the world began clamoring for copies. What they didn’t know is that booksellers, librarians, and teachers had already been talking about the book and building buzz for a possible Newbery Medal or Honor. A phenomenal book, tweens won’t be able to put The Hunger Games down! Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games.” The location, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat’s sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place. A frightening combination of Survivor and American Idol, you won’t be able to put this one down!
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