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Rules for Vampires

Written by Alex Foulkes

Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Key Stage 2 Horror & Ghost Stories Humorous Mysteries / Mythology

LoveReading View on Rules for Vampires

Comic capers (and vampiric capes) abound in this rollicking, atmospheric debut

October 2021 Debut of the Month

Vibrant world-building, hilarious horror happenings, and splendidly quirky characters - Alex Foulkes’ debut, Rules for Vampires (the first in a series), has plenty for adventure-loving 9+ year-olds to sink their teeth into, a devour-in-one-bloodthirsty-sitting story that’s made even more engaging by Sara Ogilvie’s cleverly comic illustrations.

“Slow as creeping nuns, stealthy as a stalking cat, the girl slunk closer to the door.” Thus we’re introduced to Leo on the eve of her one hundred and eleventh birthnight, as she must embark on her first solo mission as a vampire - The Hunt of the Waxing Moon, no less. Trouble is, following Vampiric Laws and negotiating that ghoulish line between the Living and the Undead sure ain’t no stroll in the cemetery, and all this while feeling the pressure to live up to the high and spiky expectations of the Great and Terrible Sieglinde.

The writing is slick as blood, with smart turns of phrase that Lemony Snicket aficionados will adore, and cracking whip-smart dialogue that drives the story at bat-out-of-hell pace. Oh, and it’s divinely packed with a cast of top quality, quirky characters readers will want to get under the skin of (though not literally, of course…)

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Rules for Vampires Synopsis

Straighten your cape and sharpen your claws . . . being a vampire is harder than it looks! The deliciously funny debut from Alex Foulkes, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie.

There are highs and lows to being a vampire. On one claw, you get cool powers like beastly strength and hypnotism and the ability to GRIMWALK. On the other claw, however, vampires are bound by the Vampiric Laws: rules to protect the balance between the worlds of the Living and the Undead. And unfortunately, 11-year-old Leo has just forgotten rule number one . . . The Rules for Vampires don't tell you what to do when you make a ghostly enemy, or accidentally restart an ancient war. But Leo and her very unusual family are more than up to the job.

A monstrously funny and devilishly dark new adventure from debut talent Alex Foulkes, illustrated throughout by the award-winning Sara Ogilvie, Rules for Vampires is the series that fans of Lemony Snickett and Skulduggery Pleasant will devour for breakfast.

Rules for Vampires Reader Reviews

In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Leo’s first Hunt doesn’t go as planned. Can she put her mistake right and save everyone? I’d recommend this book to those who like stories about the undead! Full review

Lucas Blake (Age 11)

I LOVE this book and I really wish I had friends like Leo and Minna. I can’t wait to see if they have any more adventures. Full review

Lily O’Dwyer (Age 12)

A silly, spooky and strange. This book was very funny. Great Halloween reading. Full review

Rob (Age 11)

Overall, "Rules for Vampires" is an interesting book, which would appeal to children who like books that are a bit scary. If you like "How to Train Your Dragon" this has a similar mix of mythical creatures and illustrations. Full review

Leonard McNaughton (Age 9)

I loved this brilliantly spooky read about a young vampire called Leo who has to try to prove herself as a vampire and also solve a few mysteries along the way! Full review

Emily Welbourn (Age 10)

Leo is an 11-year-old vampire who needs to complete her first hunt. However, when she goes to the orphanage to find a victim everything goes wrong. Can she sort everything out before her mother returns? Full review

Andrea Rayner

This book is a funny take on what it is like to be a real-life vampire and all the good and bad things that go with it! If you like comedy, thrills and suspense then you will definitely like this book as it has strong characters and a good plot throughout! Full review

Lukas Stewart (Age 12)

This is a story about a young vampire and the crazy tale that ensue on her birth night. Being a vampire is more complicated than you'd think! Full review

Elissa Watkin (Age 9)

Will Leo and Mina save the human and vampire race from being taken over by the orphan master or will the orphan master take his revenge? Full review

Gowshanth Maheshkumar (Age 9)

A wonderful book full of twists and turns and an ending that was spectacular. A fantastic view of a vampire's life and their experience with humans, ghosts, bats and magic. Full review

Rodborough Readers (Age 11)

I enjoyed reading ‘Rules for Vampires' because it had excellent descriptions. The full idea, theme and progression of the story really makes you want to read on. The author has also really imagined what it is like to be the main character and it makes it a lot more enjoyable. Full review

martha (Age 9)

Rules for Vampires Press Reviews

‘Fans of fast-paced, well-written gothic romps will devour Rules For Vampires’ Phil Earle, bestselling author of When the Sky Falls

‘Deliciously dark, fangtastically feisty and gloriously gothic! Brilliantly dangerous and funny. A delight for the senses!’ Laura Ellen Anderson, author of Amelia Fang

‘Brilliant. It’s a deadly funny, twisty, gothic romp with the loveliest vampire. Sara Ogilvie’s illustrations are the perfect match’ Jenny McLachlan, author of Land of Roar

‘A quirky, eerie voice that will enchant readers’ Nicole, Netgalley reviewer

‘Wonderfully atmospheric, humorous and touching’  Radiya Hafiza, author of Rumaysa

‘Had me laughing with

every page. Totally engrossing!’

Kirsty, Netgalley reviewer


Book Information

ISBN: 9781471199554
Publication date: 16th September 2021
Author: Alex Foulkes
Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Horror & Ghost Stories, Humorous, Mysterys / Mythology

About Alex Foulkes

Alex Foulkes is from Stoke-on-Trent in the Midlands of England, and lives with her boyfriend and their dog, Mac, who is just small enough to sit on the back of a broomstick (very convenient!). She has worked as a teaching assistant and a school librarian. When she's not reading and reading and reading, she's writing her very own stories with chills, thrills, and maybe even a talking spider! Her debut Middle Grade Rules for Vampires will be released this September. SARA OGILVIE is one of Booktrust's Best New Illustrators. She studied Illustration and Printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art and ...

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