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Our Teacher Is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories

Mary Amato, Ethan Long (Illustrator)


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Hardcover (4/15/2016)


Mrs. Penrose has a secret, and Alexander H. Gory, Jr., thinks he knows just what it is.
To spread the word, Alexander passes around his notebook, in which he details his proof that their mild-mannered teacher has become a blood-sucking creature of the night. The news spreads like wildfire, and soon the whole class is speculating. Will the librarian be her next victim? Can they protect themselves with garlic necklaces?
But when Mrs. Penrose confiscates the notebook, she admits to the class that she does have a secret. She isn't turning into a bat, though—she's going to have a baby. To encourage her students to write, she lets them keep the notebook, which becomes a chronicle of jokes, stories, and—when Mrs. Penrose's baby comes earlier than anyone expected—their fears, frustrations, and hopes for her and her child.
Told in the varying voices of an elementary class, with all their unique observations, quirks, and spelling mistakes, Our Teacher Is a Vampire is a celebration of collaboration. Through their shared storytelling, Mrs. Penrose's students support one another through difficult times, improve as writers, and become fast friends. Ideal for aspiring writers, this (not) true story of classroom intrigue will keep readers turning pages, from the first wild rumor to the last, heartfelt letter.

Praise For Our Teacher Is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories

"Amato has crafted an enjoyable and often humorous metanovel. Both the characters and their writing come across as entirely genuine. . . . Great fun, especially for budding writers; they'll find kindred spirits within."—Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will appreciate how the characters' writing improves as they discover the rewards of collaboration and acceptance, as well as the healing power of the written word."—Publishers Weekly
"An amusing read that most elementary students will enjoy. An entertaining and inspiring novel and particularly good as a read-aloud for younger middle grade classes."—School Library Journal

Holiday House, 9780823437696, 256pp.

Publication Date: January 30, 2017

About the Author

Mary Amato is known for her comic middle grade fiction including the Riot Brothers series and her young adult novels. She lives in Maryland.

Ethan Long has written and illustrated dozens of children's books. His accolades include a Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal. He lives in Florida.