Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level: Q Grade Level: 5-7
Literature Circle set ( 6 copies) available at Classroom Support Centre
Red Maple Nominee 2010 , 261 pages
“Orphaned Zach lives in the hospital, a friend (Charlie) and an allergy he never questioned…until a stranger broke in and told him to run.” http://accessola.com/forest2010/redmaple/rm5/about.php
Review by Karen:
When I first saw the cover of this book….I hesitated to pick it up…..but was immediately swept into Zack Thomson’s strange life at the Nicholl’s Ward. This debut book by Canadian author Max Turner is definitely a new spin on an old theme that is currently sweeping Young adult fiction…vampires.
Zach’s story is told in the first person. His use of short sentences both in narration and dialogue result in a plot line full of fast paced action, suspense, danger and adventure. This has definite appeal for boys, but teenage girls will also enjoy the thrill of danger – who can resist the combination of an unconventional young vampire making a break for freedom from the police, being hunted by vampires and vampire hunters that are on his trail?
Book two: End of Days by Max Turner