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A. M. Jenkins is the award-winning author of Damage, Beating heart: A Ghost Story, and the Printz Honor Book Repossessed, and lives in Benbrook, Texas, with three sons, two cats, and two dogs. Jenkins received the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for night road.

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Gr 9 Up-Jenkins has created a taut and compelling reimagining of the vampire legend, with well-developed characters that transcend horror-novel cliche. When Cole is summoned to the Building in upper Manhattan, he's not sure what to expect, having spent decades away from the place. While other hemovores relax in one of the few safe havens available to their kind, the austere and self-sufficient Cole prefers the freedom of the open road, despite the obvious risks: the difficulty of attaining one's next meal, the necessity of hiding one's true identity, and, of course, a little problem with sunlight. The reason for Cole's presence at the Building soon becomes clear when Gordon, an inadvertently created heme with a bad attitude and a dangerous lack of experience, nearly kills a young woman in an overzealous feed. Heme leader Johnny asks Cole to take Gordon out on the road, where he can be trained in the skills he'll need in his new lifestyle, away from the too-easy comfort of the Building. Success is paramount: it simply isn't prudent to have an uncontrolled blood-drinker on the loose, and should the effort fail, Gordon will have to be disposed of. The plot is suspenseful and well paced, with hints of romance as Cole's worries for Gordon call up dark memories of his own past. A surefire hit for vampire-loving teens.-Meredith Robbins, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School, New York City Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"A fresh, intriguing view of the vampiric life."--Publishers Weekly
"Jenkins does a masterful job presenting Cole's world and the conflicts he feels in this dark take on the vampire genre."----KLIATT
"A taut and compelling reimagining of the vampire legend . . . a surefire hit for vampire-loving teens."--School Library Journal

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