Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean Paperback – Apr 1 2007
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Grade 6-9–Connor and Grace Tempest have grown up listening to their father's sea shanty about the Vampirates and their ancient ship...that haunts the oceans blue, a song that predates the changes that left their future world largely flooded. After his death leaves them orphaned and penniless, the 14-year-old twins run away to sea and are separated by a storm. Connor is rescued by a pirate ship, where he soon finds a place among its crewmates. Grace, on the other hand, has been rescued by a mysterious ship, which readers won't be surprised to find is the home of the Vampirates. The siblings become involved with the internal politics of each vessel, meeting new friends–and new enemies, like the vampire Sidorio. Grace's sense of horror and wonder at the Vampirate lifestyle is clearly drawn, and her protector, Lorcan, and the living figurehead, Miss Flotsam, offer sympathy and clues to the ship's many mysteries. Swashbuckling Captain Wrathe and his crew feature a few stereotypes, but their adventure-filled lifestyle has a clear appeal to Connor and readers. This book is a good choice for reluctant readers, who will be drawn into the turns and twists of the twins' story, and the dramatic cover art will help catch their attention. This fantastic tale will find many fans, who will be left looking for answers to mysteries only begun to be answered here.–Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI
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The time is 500 years in the future, somewhere off shore of Australia. Piracy has gained a supremacy upon the sea and lighthouses are once again manned instead of housing an automated light. When the lighthouse keeper at Crescent Moon Bay dies, his children, Grace and Connor, are left destitute and orphans. Seeking to evade those do-gooders who want to care for them, they set to sea in their father's small boat. A storm soon overtakes them and they are dumped in the sea when the boat overturns.
They are both rescued, though by different ships. Pirate Mistress Cheng Li drags Connor aboard the pirate ship where she is the Deputy Captain. As a recent graduate of the new Pirate School, she tries to introduce modern methods to the running of the Diablo. Grace, on the other hand, is carried aboard a mysterious ship cloaked in mists.
As diverse as these ships are, both of the captains adhere to very clear sets of morals. They welcome the twins on to their ships and ensure their safety. I found myself liking both captains. Not all the sailors on the ships live by the same code, some of them are clearly much more blood thirsty. The introduction of a pirate school sets the scene for continuing friction between the leadership on the pirate ship.
Grace and Connor were rescued by very different sailors. Grace by a low status mid-shipman and Connor by a deputy captain. Both are vigilant champions of those they have saved. It will be interesting to see how these relationships develop throughout the next five books in this series.
This is an intriguing new twist on the classic pirate story. It would be a good choice to read together with your pre-teen.
Connor and Grace are fairly typical of the "young hero" mould. She's the intelligent and far too curious for her own good specimen, and he's the naturally gifted fighter with an extra helping of sensitivity. Some of the secondary characters stood out a little more: both captains were creative, and I really liked Lorcan, Grace's seventeen-year-old vampirate bodyguard.
Should you pick up this first Vampirate book, be prepared to dig up the other two as well. There's just enough going on, plot-wise, that while the main conflict is resolved, there are enough threads left open from the various subplots that if you're anything at all like me, it'll drive you nuts until you get your hand son the next installment. This would be a particularly good choice for any young reluctant readers. There's lots of action, and do I need to go over the part where vampires + pirates = awesome, or can I just assume we've all got the jist of it now?
Adrift on the sea
Vampire or pirate
Which one would you be?
But there wasn't a choice
For Connor and Grace
Cast apart by a storm
Each to a different place
One twin ended up on
A big pirate ship
The other woke up in
A vampirate's grip
Though the future was dim
Through the mist and the rain
They never lost hope
That they'd meet up again
This is an exciting adventure for young readers from about eight or nine. It combines several unlikely elements, such as being set in the future and yet taking inspiration from history, as well as combining a child's favorite villains to introduce "vampirates"
This first book in the series introduces the main characters, Connor and Grace Tempest, teenaged twins who are orphaned when their father passes away. Unable to live with the choices available, the twins run off in their father's boat, which fails to weather a terrible storm and they are cast into the sea.
They are both rescued, but by different ships, and neither knows if the other has survived. The rest of the story deals with the way each copes with the hand fate has dealt. Told in simple language, and with colorful and intriguing characters, this one is recommended for young readers interested in pirates and vampires.
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I read this to my 9 year old grandson. We love reading books together. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed the story. The twin protagonists (a girl and a boy) are in their early teens. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Munch
Well shiver-me-timbers! Get ready to be washed away by this exciting, swashbuckling adventure. VAMPIRATES is the story of Connor and Grace Tempest, twins and children of the... Read morePublished on March 6 2007 by TeensReadToo
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