FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK
It’s another sucky year at Bathory High for Vladimir Tod. The evil vampire D’Ablo is hunting for the ritual that could steal Vlad’s powers. His best friend Henry doesn’t want to be his drudge anymore. And as if all that weren’t enough, it’s getting harder for Vlad to resist feeding on the people around him. When months go by with no word from Uncle Otis and D’Ablo shows up demanding Vlad’s father’s journal, Vlad realizes that having a normal high school year is the least of his concerns. Vlad needs to act fast, and even his status as the Pravus won’t save him this time . (Publisher's summary from Goodreads)
A VERY SPECIAL GUEST POST AND ANNOUNCEMENT FROM AUNTIE HEATHER
When you're a successful author, you often travel around the country, visiting really amazing people that you might never see again at incredible events. I've been all over the place, and every time, I wish that I could return and experience it all over again. That wish has been fulfilled twice now, and I couldn't be happier about it!
In 2088, I was asked to attend the Pattonville Book Battle, and I was absolutely floored by how much fun it was! The list of books that everyone had to read in order to participate contained some of my current faves, and it was fun watching students scramble to the front to turn their team's answers in. Afterwards, I was happy to do an autographing session.
I was thrilled in 2009 to be asked back. So much so that I gave away a school visit to the lucky winners - and this year, I'm going to do it all over again! Last year, I had lost my voice just days before the book battle and had to whisper my congratulations, but I'm keeping my mouth closed this year, so I can shout how proud I am of all of you, Minions!
This time I'll have the brilliant James Dashner (author of THE MAZE RUNNER and THE SCORCH TRIALS) by my side at Pattonville Middle School, and I cannot wait to see your anxious faces. It makes me so proud to know that not only are tweens and teens working hard to be part of something special, but that you're all cool enough to stand up and say, "Reading is cool!" Because it so is. And so are all of you.
I'm currently hard at work on my next books - one is a spin-off of THE CHRONICLES OF VLADIMIR TOD called THE SLAYER CHRONICLES and the other is a YA fantasy epic called BLOODBOUND - but I can hardly wait to see you all again. Here's to reading! And best of luck, everyone
I want to thank Heather for taking time out of her busy schedule to write this guest post for the Area Wide Book Battle Teams.
Heather has become a very important part of the competition and we are honored that she also willingly attends the Book Battle every year. So make sure you have your books with you to have Auntie Heather autograph them.