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Vampire Peter

Vampire Peter
Ben Manley By (author)
Hannah Peck Illustrated by
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Andersen Press USA

Limited ***

9.8 X 11.3 in
32 pg

JUVENILE FICTION / Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Bullying


Everyone says Peter is the baddest boy in school. He likes strange food, wears strange clothes and does strange things. In fact, Peter is a vampire. So when the class gerbil goes missing, Lucy lets Peter take the blame, even though she knows Peter had nothing to do with it. That's what happens when you're the only vampire in the school.


"Appearances are deceiving in this classroom story of a vampire trying to fit in with his classmates. When new kid Peter arrives at school one day 'from a faraway land,' everyone thinks he's strange. It doesn't help that the pink-skinned child wears a fancy black cape and pulls out a candelabra, a cauldron, and a plate of eyeballs at the lunch table. Unfortunately, the teacher of Peter's ethnically inclusive class constantly catches him seemingly doing bad things—fighting on the playground or hanging upside down in gym class. But when the class gerbil goes missing and Peter is falsely blamed, the story's narrator steps up to flip the script, walking readers through the book's previous scenarios to reveal how Peter has not been a troublemaker after all, but rather, a good friend—one who becomes a talented gerbil rescuer. Funny flourishes in both text and art abound, including Peter's translated native language and his fang-tastic flying ability."—Publishers WeeklyJournal

Author Bio

Ben Manley is a writer and designer. His writing is full of humor and heart with a touch of the gothic – as weird and wonderful as an atticful of vampire hamsters. He also works as a digital copywriter and web designer. Ben lives in England with his wife and two children.
Hannah Peck is an author and an illustrator based in Brighton, UK. She originally studied English Literature at university, all the while stocking up on stories, poems, and characters that would later inspire her writing and her illustrations.