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Episode 34 — Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, and More


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Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers

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Grades 6 – 12
Podcast Series Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers
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Duration 28:39
Original Air Date Published January 11, 2011

Music in this podcast is courtesy of Scott Andrew.


Episode 34—Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, and More


Episode 34—Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, and More

Vampire books-along with books about werewolves and zombies-are a big business in YA publishing today.  Tune in to hear about some of the most popular vampire, werewolf, and zombie titles currently being read and shared by teens, plus titles that offer funny spoofs and satires of the Twilight trend.

After listening to this episode, be sure to print out this list of the recommended titles to take to the library or book seller.

Books featured in this episode include:

  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (Delacorte, 2009)
  • The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan (Delacorte, 2010)
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic, 2009)
  • Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic, 2010)
  • Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (Philomel, 2010)
  • Fat Vampire by Adam Rex (Balzer + Bray, 2010)
  • Life Sucks by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria, and Warren Pleece (First Second, 2008)
  • Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson (HarperTeen, 2010)
  • Liar by Justine Larbalestier (Bloomsbury, 2009)
  • Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2010)
  • Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (Simon & Schuster, 2010)
  • Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride (Henry Holt, 2010)

Other recommended titles:

  • The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause (Delacorte, 1992)
  • Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause (Delacorte, 1997)
  • Thirsty by M.T. Anderson (Candlewick, 1997)
  • Night Road by A.M. Jenkins (HarperTeen, 2008)
  • Peeps by Scott Westerfeld (Razorbill, 2006)
  • Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Candlewick, 2007)
  • Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block (HarperTeen, 2009)
  • Dracula adapted by Nicky Raven, illustrated by Anne Yvonne Gilbert (Candlewick, 2010)
  • Vampireology by Archer Brookes (Candlewick, 2010)
  • How to Be a Vampire by Amy Gray (Candlewick, 2009)
  • How to Be a Zombie by Serena Valentino (Candlewick, 2010)
  • Dick and Jane and Vampires by Laura Marchesani (Grosset & Dunlap, 2010)