The Vanquishers (Hardcover)
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September/October 2022 Kids Indie Next List
“When the new kid goes missing, Boog and her crew realize that vampires may not be a relic of the past. An adventure story that’s just eerie enough, exploring friendship, family, and the cost of protecting those we love. A spooky, sweet read.”
— Chelsea Stringfield, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN
Boog loves to hear the stories of the Vanquishers, a group of vampire hunters who wiped out the last coven in San Antonio years ago. When the new kid Aaron goes missing, Boog and her crew realize that vampires may not be a relic of the past. An adventure story with just enough eerie details, Bayron’s middle grade debut explores friendship, family, and the cost of protecting those we love. A spooky and sweet read.— Chelsea
In the world of the Vanquishers, vampires were history . . . until now.
"A sharp vampire tale full of bite, heart, and humor." --Rena Barron, author of the Maya and the Rising Dark series
"Boog and her friends will capture your heart in an instant." --Mark Oshiro, author of The Insiders
Malika “Boog” Wilson and her best friends have grown up idolizing The Vanquishers, a group of heroic vampire hunters who wiped out the last horde of the undead decades ago. Nowadays, most people don't take even the most basic vampire precautions--the days of garlic wreaths and early curfews long gone--but Boog's parents still follow the old rules, much to her embarrassment.
When a friend goes missing, Boog isn't sure what to think. Could it be the school counselor, Mr. Rupert, who definitely seems to be hiding something? Or could it be something more dangerous? Boog is determined to save her friend, but is she ready to admit vampires might not be vanquished after all?
No one ever expected the Vanquishers to return, but if their town needs protection from the undead, Boog knows who to call.
Inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Watchmen, this adventure launches readers into an exciting new series.
“A sharp vampire tale full of bite, heart, and humor that's sure to please any 'thirsty' reader. The undead don't stand a chance with Malika 'Boog' Wilson and her friends on the case.” —Rena Barron, author of the Maya and the Rising Dark series
“A heart-pounding and hilarious reimagining of classic vampire mythology. Boog and her friends will capture your heart in an instant. You'll cry, laugh, and ache in this stunning, unique adventure. I'm ready to become a Vanquisher!” —Mark Oshiro, author of THE INSIDERS
“Combining mythology and science to produce a fresh take on modern vampire lore, Bayron erects a fantastical San Antonio that is as chock-full of personality as each of the story's characters. Pithy dialogue and sensational description make this a speedy, eerie read.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The delightful characters will charm readers with their distinct voices, and the close friendships not only of the kids but of their families elevate the plot dynamics and create a memorable cast. . . . This inclusive and inviting opener of a modern vampire series is a surefire hit.” —School Library Journal
“The strong focus on friendship and humorous flair . . . makes for a quick read toward the impending monster reveal. . . . A silly and mysterious adventure romp with vampires.” —Booklist
“This warm, witty friendship story with a healthy dose of vampire adventure is a page-turning read. . . . A lively, appealing addition to the genre.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This middle grade treat serves as a thrilling Vamps 101 intro. . . . The author's eloquent command of familiar language and knack for quirky humor makes this a fast-paced read that begs for a follow-up.” —BCCB