Kid’s Book Review: How NOT To Be a Vampire Slayer

Kid’s Book Review: How NOT To Be a Vampire Slayer

About the Book and Author

A funny book that is not as scary as you might think from its title. It is about an unlikely friendship between two loveable main characters Maggie and Miles who discover that they work well as a team. The author is Katy Birchall and it is published by Scholastic.

Maggie Helsby isn’t afraid of spooky legends and she’s willing to prove it. But when she agrees to a dare to venture into the forest, she doesn’t expect to find…
1. A creepy castle enchanted against humans
2. A vegetarian vampire who wants to be her friend
3. An ancient book naming HER as the latest of the Helsby slayers!
Can Maggie persuade her family, her new (human) friends and the greedy Mayor Collyfleur that their nocturnal neighbours need protecting just as much as they do? Or will her neck be on the line…

 

How Not to Be a Vampire Slayer cover
Katy Birchall

Katy Birchall is the author of several young adult novels including The It Girl series, the Hotel Royale series and Morgan Charmley: Teen Witch. She is the co-author of the middle grade Lightning Girl series and Star Switch with Alesha Dixon, and the Find the Girl teen series with YouTube stars Lucy and Lydia Connell. Katy was proud to be the author of a retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma for the Awesomely Austen series, a collection of Austen’s novels retold for younger readers. She has also written a non-fiction book, How to be a Princess: Real-Life Fairy Tales for Modern Heroines.

Book Review

This book is exciting as well as funny and it is also easy to read so I think it is great for young readers who might be nervous of reading longer books because it is broken down into short, funny chapters

This book is about a girl called Maggie coming into a new village and school, but there is a twist. This book is really funny. I thought the funniest bit was “I put some worms in his hair and didn’t tell him for ages. They kind of fell out later and gave him a mild heart attack.” It made me laugh out loud. Maggie and her friends are all different. Miles is scared of almost everything, Ari is excellent at art and Maggie absolutely LOVES scary things. But together they make a great team.

Usually the vampires are the baddies in stories, this book is different and I really enjoyed that it was about how NOT to be a vampire slayer. This book is exciting as well as funny and it is also easy to read so I think it is great for young readers who might be nervous of reading longer books because it is broken down into short, funny chapters.
I give this book 91/2 out of 10!

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