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Justin Somper
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April 1 2007 Vampirates (Book 1)
Twins, Connor and Grace, never dreamed that there was any truth to the Vampirate shanty their father sang to them before he died, but that was before the two were shipwrecked and separated from each other. For Connor, who is taken aboard a pirate ship, there's the chance to learn to swordfight, but for Grace, aboard a mysterious ship of vampire pirates, the danger is great. What will it take for them to find each other?

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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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Vampirates: Demons Of The Ocean, by Justin Somper "For a blood-sucking, swashbuckling adventure, look no further than this ace book!" 5/5 - KRAZE CLUB "a fast-paced voyage that leaves you hungry... for book two!" - NEW BOOKS CLUB "a fresh and compelling debut... Somper never stoops to stereotype in this engrossing tale... promises to be an addictive series" - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH "simple, and yet so perfect... Inspired" - HAM AND HIGH "a compelling narrative which presents the joy of being alive alongside the emptiness of death" - TES "a clever combination of two genres that could make it as popular as Pirates of the Caribbean" - THE TIMES "full of swashbuckling, action-packed thrills" - JEWISH CHRONICLE "a vivid and bloodthirsty debut" - EVENING STANDARD "impossible to forget" - WENDY COOLING, CAROUSEL "Totally original... I wish i'd had this idea!" Anthony Horowitz "Vampires... and pirates? It doesn't get much better than this! A fantastic read, perfect for Horowitz and Shan fans." John Webb, Children's Buyer, Waterstones "A great mixture of the swashbuckling and the truly spooky - a real page turner." Graham Marks, Childrens Editor, Publishing News "Vampirates is high- concept, high octane adventure that never once fails to be anything but intriguing. Its' classic dramatic scenarios make it an appealing page-turner." John Mclay "It's a fabulous idea, fast-paced, full of good jokes, fun characters (with terrific names) and quite different to anything else I've read. I do like the various influences: a whiff of Dahl, a touch of Lemony Snickett...hitting the zeitgeist." Anthony Horowitz USA REVIEWS 'a gleefully quick read... a vivid picture of life on a pirate ship... Somper deftly draws parallels to the real world... An enigmatic conclusion leaves the galley door wide open for sequels.' Publishers Weekly 'a good choice for reluctant readers... this fantastic tale will find many fans' School Library Journal 'winning fantasy... satisfying and exciting' Voya

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5.0 out of 5 stars I want to read it again May 28 2012
By Heather Pearson TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Pirates Rock. I'm thinking of the classic swashbuckling, courteous pirate as portrayed by Johnny Depp. This book abounds with just such characters as well as an assortment of the less savory type.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The name alone sold me Sept. 20 2008
By ocelott
Format:Hardcover
I expected this to be a whole lot cheesier than it turned out being. It was a lot of fun, but not in the "you gotta laugh at it to love it" sort of way. More in the "can't stop reading because cool pirate stuff and also cool vampire stuff and non-stop action and vampirates rule!" sort of way. The story ends on a cliffhanger, and I have to admit I've already had to get my hands on a copy of the second book.

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?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vampires and pirates - who could ask for more? Aug. 24 2008
By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
If you were an orphan
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.

Amanda Richards
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too March 7 2007
Format:Hardcover
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 lighthouse keeper of Crescent Moon Bay on the East Coast of Australia in the year 2505. The story begins with the two young children getting out of bed in the middle of a violent thunderstorm. They wander up to the lamp room to watch the glory of the lightening and churning water with their father. In order to ease their mind, their father sings their favorite sea shanty.

"I'll tell you a tale of Vampirates

A tale as old as true.

Yea, I'll sing you a song of an ancient ship,

And its mighty fearsome crew."

The twins are finally coaxed back into bed after several verses of the eerie song and settle in for the night.

Seven years later, Connor and Grace's father dies, leaving them penniless and homeless. The kids aren't strangers to the stares and whispers that occur whenever they walk by because they've been dealing with it since the day they came to the lighthouse. They've always felt like outcasts, never quite fitting in.

People in town couldn't figure out why Connor was so much better at sports than the rest of the kids, even when he neglected practice for weeks. Grave provoked equal suspicion - from both teachers and classmates - with her unusual wide-ranging knowledge and strange notions about things far beyond her age and station in life. Since they knew they'd never feel at home in Crescent Moon Bay without their father, the twins decide to take off in their father's boat and take their chances at sea, rather than moving in with the cold, local banker or going to the orphanage.
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