The Center for Children's Books

Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies, Oh My! - December 2009

Selected and annotated by Katie Lobner

Bollinger, Peter. Algernon Graeves is Scary Enough. Geringer/HarperCollins, 2005. 32p. 4-7yrs.
A cute story about a kid deciding what he wants to be for Halloween.

Datlow, Ellen. Ed. Troll’s-Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales. Viking, 2009. 200p. Gr. 5-8.
A collection of short stories that includes “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” a creepy story about a boy who turns into a werewolf while on vacation with his family.

De La Cruz, Melissa. Blue Bloods. Hyperion, 2006. 302p. Gr. 9-12.
A story about teenage, elite vampires living in New York City when an ancient evil returns to prey on them.  

Dunkle, Clare B. By These Ten Bones. Holt, 2005. 240p. Gr. 7-12.
A fantasy set in Scotland in the Middle Ages. Maddie cares for a traveling woodcarver named Paul after he suffers a mysterious attack. She comes to realize that he is a dangerous werewolf at the same time she is coming to love him.

Fantaskey, Beth. Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. Harcourt, 2009. 368p. Gr. 8-10.
Jessica is a normal teen until her Romanian vampire betrothed shows up to inform her of her destiny.

Friedman, Laurie. I’m Not Afraid of this Haunted House. Carolrhoda, 2005. 32p. 4-7yrs.
A poetic story of a child who is not afraid of anything the haunted house can throw at him-not ghouls, Frankenstein, vampires, bloody werewolves or skeletons. He is afraid of one thing however…  

Gerber, Michael. Freshman. Hyperion, 2006. 336p. Gr. 10-12.
Hart Fox finagles his way into the prestigious Stutts University by promising to take classes for the idiot son of the local mafioso. Once there, Hart falls in love with a vampire, joins the humor magazine and generally tries to keep his spot at college.

Gray, Claudia. Evernight. HarperTeen, 2008. 336p. Gr. 8-10.
Bianca has to go to a new school where she doesn’t fit in. Fortunately, she finds a kindred spirit in Lucas, another misfit classmate. Trouble ensues when Bianca finds out she and the rest of the student population are vampires, and Lucas is a vampire hunter.

Harris, Lewis. A Taste for Red. Clarion, 2009. 176p. Gr. 4-6.
Svetlana knows she is a vampire because she only eats red food and can exercise vampiric mind control over everyone else. But then she meets her new sixth grade science teacher who seems to know who she is and is always around when Svetlana has “accidents.”

Hoffman, Nina Kiriki. Spirits that Walk in Shadow. Viking, 2006. 306p. Gr. 7-10.
Jaimie and Kim are trying to be normal college freshmen, but that plan goes out the window when Jaimie recognizes that a viri, an emotional vampire, is feeding off Kim. She calls in magical reinforcements-her cousins, aunt, uncle and their household god.

Jay, Stacey. You Are So Undead to Me. Razorbill, 2009. 265p. Gr. 7-10.
Megan’s job as a shrink to the newly undead really gets in the way of dating and the upcoming homecoming dance. But when black magic turns the harmless undead into flesh-eating zombies, Megan is the only one who can save the world, and the dance.

Jenkins, A. M. Night Road. HarperTeen, 2008. 361p. Gr. 9-12.
Cole enjoys his solitary, austere life, but when the vampire leader calls on him to mentor a newly turned vampire, he must concern himself with others for a change. As a result, he learns more about himself and grows up a little.

Jinks, Catherine. The Reformed Vampire Support Group. Harcourt, 2009. 368p. Gr. 6-10.
Life as a vampire isn’t that great, what with the cramps, nausea and boredom, but it’s still life, sort of. So when a member of the support group is staked, Nina and the rest of the group have to get to the bottom of it before anyone else is targeted.

Marrone, Amanda. Uninvited. Simon Pulse, 2007. 204p. Gr. 9-12.
Jordan broke up with her boyfriend before he died, so she doesn’t appreciate having to deal with him at her window every night. Mostly because she’s afraid she’ll let him in one night.

Mead, Richelle. VampireAcademy. Razorbill, 2007. 332p. Gr. 9-12.
Lissa and Rose are back at the Vampire Academy after spending two years on the run. Now they have to adjust to structure and rules while still keeping Lissa safe from the Strigoi.

Meehl, Brian. Suck It Up. Delacorte, 2008. 336p. Gr. 8-10.
Morning McCabe is possibly the least intimidating vampire ever. Which is why he has been chosen as the representative to Lifers, a.k.a. humans. But his new publicity job is more dangerous than it first appears.

Noyes, Deborah. Ed. Gothic! TenOriginal Dark Tales. Candlewick, 2004. 256p. Gr. 9-12.
A collection of dark stories from ten acclaimed authors.

Noyes, Deborah. Ed. The Restless Dead: Ten Original Stories of the Supernatural. Candlewick, 2007. 254p. Gr. 7-9.
A companion to Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales with ten authors writing stories ranging from vampires to zombies to ghosts.

Pauley, Kimberly. Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (Maybe). Mirrorstone, 2008. 304p. Gr. 7-9.
Now that the Vampire Council has found out about her, Mina has to take vampire classes to see if she wants to turn like her parents. It’s adding even more stress to her life, but at least it’s another boy-watching opportunity.

Rex, Adam. Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich. Harcourt, 2006. Gr. 3-7.
A collection of poems about various monsters, including the Wolfman, Count Dracula and zombies. The poems are all goofy fun.

Rex, Adam. Frankenstein Takes the Cake. Harcourt, 2008. 40p. Gr. 3-7.
A second collection of poems about various monsters, including zombies, Dracula Jr. (who looks suspiciously like Charlie Brown) and a vampire best man. This collection is written in a variety of entertaining formats, including cartoons and a blog.

Rex, Michael. Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody. Putnam, 2008. 32p. 5-8yrs.
An adorable parody of Goodnight Moon with werewolves, Martians, skulls, bats and a black lagoon.

Richards, Justin. The Parliament of Blood. Bloomsbury, 2008. 336p. Gr. 6-9.
In Victorian era London, the vampires are overpopulated and no longer content to subsist on the dregs of society. A small group of humans band together to prevent the vampires’ plan for world domination.

Ryan, Carrie. The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Delacorte, 2009. 320p. Gr. 9-12.
In a futuristic dystopia, the village is surrounded by a forest full of flesh-craving zombies. However, the biggest threat may be inside the village.

Sedgwick, Marcus.My Swordhand is Singing. Lamb, 2007. 250p. Gr. 7-12.
A vampire horror story set in seventeenth century Eastern Europe. Peter has a harsh life with his alcoholic father Tomas, but when horrors start preying on their village, Tomas’ secret past comes to light.

Sfar, Joanne.Little Vampire. First Second/Roaring Brook, 2008. 92p. Gr. 4-7.
A collection of three graphic novels about a little vampire and this life with his family, friends and a tomato-colored dog.

Sierra, Judy.The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters. Candlewick, 2005. 64p. Gr. 3-5.
An illustrated dictionary-like compendium of monsters from around the world. Includes survival tips and a gruesomeness rating. Monsters include the Pricolici (a Romanian werewolf) and the Caribbean zombi.

Smith, Cynthia Leitich.Tantalize. Candlewick, 2007. 310p. Gr.9-12.
A combination of horror, romance, red wine and Italian food. Quincie is helping her uncle turn their new restaurant, Sanguini’s, into a hit. Then she finds out her (werewolf) first love is leaving, the chef is murdered and the restaurant is attracting actual vampires.

St. Crow, Lili.Strange Angels. Razorbill, 2009. 304p. Gr. 9-12.
Dru’s nomadic existence changes for the worst when her dad shows up at their door as a zombie. Then she’s on the run from whoever killed him and is sending werewolves after her.

Stewart, Paul.Barnaby Grimes: Curse of the Night Wolf. Fickling/Random House, 2008. 205p. Gr. 5-7.
A message runner in a Victorian city must become a hero when he discovers a doctor illegally turning the poor into werewolves, killing them and selling their fur.

Stiefvater, Maggie.Shiver. Scholastic, 2009. 400p. Gr. 7-10.
Grace has always been attracted to the pack of wolves in the forest behind her house, especially one yellow-eyed wolf. When a strange boy with yellow eyes shows up injured on her back porch, she is drawn even more fully into their world.

Vande Velde, Vivian.All Hallow’s Eve: 13 Stories. Harcourt, 2006. 225p. Gr. 6-8.
A scary collection of 13 stories with a variety of horror elements. Includes one with werewolves, “Pretending,” and one about a vampire called “I Want to Thank You.”

Van Diepen, Allison.Raven. Simon Pulse, 2009. 279p. Gr. 8-12.
A story about Jiang Shi, the legendary Chinese, soul-absorbing vampires set in a world of dance clubs and drugs. The story is propelled by the romance between Zin, a Jiang Shi, and Nic, a human.

Waters, Daniel.Generation Dead. Hyperion, 2008. 400p. Gr. 9-12.
Dead American teenagers are coming back as the living impaired, and they still have to go to high school. Both the living and the living impaired have to learn to do more than tolerate each other if they’re all going to make it through high school.

Westerfeld, Scott.Peeps. Razorbill, 2005. 320p. Gr. 7-12.
Cal has spent his life killing the parasite infected people who crave blood, have super human strength and an insatiable need to pass the parasite on to others. But the situation is not what it seems in this scientific take on vampires.