Middle grade is a term that refers to books written for readers between the ages of eight and twelve. In this column, Erica will recommend great books for children in this age group!
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This fangtastic nonfiction guide to vampires digs into the lore, history and pop culture appearances of vampires, arming all its readers with information and food for thought (even literally, with a garlic bread recipe!). Knowledge is power, after all, and this first entry in a series of guides into the supernatural is a great way to get into the holiday spirit this October!
The book is written in a fun, engaging tone that teaches the reader but also keeps them wanting to learn more and keep flipping pages. The more factual chapters are intercut with shorter sections that offer a change of pace; the “interviews” are particularly entertaining (but I won’t spoil who’s getting interviewed, you’ll have to read it yourself to find out!).
Check out the book that Booklist Reviews praised as a “good guidebook” that “leaves readers feeling prepared” and “offering tips on how to fight vampires” along with “eye-catching illustrations” and Kirkus Reviews described as “a lively introduction to…undead bloodsuckers, making clear that such legends have deep roots,” with “dramatic, slightly eerie spot drawings [that] break up the text and add to the fun.”