Vampires & Pirates
Highgate Junior School hosted a ‘Vampire-Night by Broad Daylight’ on Friday 25 September 2009, supported by Justin Somper, storyteller and author of the critically acclaimed books Vampirates.
The author’s first book in the series, Demons of the Ocean, was an instant success with readers and critics alike. Cleverly intertwining two popular genres, the imaginative mix of bloodthirsty vampires and swashbuckling adventure on the high seas proved to be a winning combination, scooping two children's books awards earlier this year. The second book in the series, Tide of Terror, has just been published.
The Vampirates story revolves around the characters of Connor and Grace who have been reunited on board the pirate ship The Diablo, while ruthless fugitive Sidorio has left the Vampirate ship behind him, destined to tread his own path - winning over new converts to the ranks of the undead.
Cheng Li has now left The Diablo, and is a tutor at the elite Pirate Academy where the Federation is training the crème de la crème to take over as the pirate captains of tomorrow. While Connor relishes every new challenge, honing his skills and pushing himself at every opportunity, Grace struggles as she discovers that she has acquired some unorthodox and slightly disconcerting new powers of her own. As the tide or terror begins to rise and threatens to engulf them all, the twins realize that not all their new allies are to be trusted - and the consequences may well be deadly.
To get into the spirit of events, children dressed up as vampires and pirates; or came to school dressed in black with face-paint applied generously. (Lots of fake blood and fake wound was welcome on this occasion!) VN