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Dracula: The Real Story

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Another engaging book from International Reading Association and Children's Book Council "Children's Choices" award-winning author, Ken Derby

"A narrative that retains its crispness without sacrificing its moments of drama, this biography provides a balanced and accurate overview of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula), and is an excellent resource for young students."-Dr. Elizabeth
Paperback, 106 pages
Published February 9th 2014 by Illusion Publishing
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Sarah-Jayne Briggs
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I'm not sure when or where I first found it out, but I remember learning somewhere that Bram Stoker's Dracula was likely at least inspired by Vlad the Impaler.

I already knew bits and pieces about Vlad - probably the most obvious things, really. This book did contain more interesting information about the real-life Dracula, but I felt that it was somewhere in between a factual, non-fictio
What mankind has done in pursuit of power...

This book is a cleverly disguised biography of Vlad the Impaler a.k.a. Dracula meant for older kids/teens, I assume (due to some of the gory details). However, adults can also learn a lot from reading this concise publication. It truly sheds light on the facts behind the somewhat obscure historical figure. I liked how the author posed the question: "Who was the real Dracula?" to readers who may only be familiar with his vampire namesake. I found the co
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Vlad Tepes, Vlad the Impaler, Vlad Dracul, or even Dracula is known as a blood-sucking monster to the outside world, however to many European countries he is known as a hero who died in battle to help protect his country. What is so blood-sucking and evil about that? Ken Derby explains how Dracula was a wicked, crazy soul, but a brave one too in this short and informative biography.
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Ken Derby is a slightly famous author, monkey trainer, twelve-minute rock star, five-minute TV star, two-minute movie star, fisherman, and former CIA operative (okay . . . not really). When he isn't teaching or writing, he might be found reading, working out, biking, or rooting for the Denver Broncos. Ken lives in Budapest, Hungary and teaches grade five at the American International School of Bud ...more