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Vampire Mountain by Darren Shan
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Name of book: Vampire Mountain
Author: Darren Shan
Pages: 208
Genre: Fiction
Reading Level of book:

Exposition (4-6 sentences)
In Vampire Mountain, Darren is a half-vampire. He is Mr. Crepsley’s assistant. Mr. Crepsley is the Vampire that turned Darren into a half-vampire. Mr.Crepsley tould Darren that they will be leaving the Cirque Du Freak because Mr. Crepsley had to present Darren to the Vampire Council. The Council only meets once every twelve years. They have to go on a journey through the mountains without using any of their Vampire abilities.

Conflict: (4-6 sentences)
On their journey, Darren and Mr. Crepsley found Vampire coffins, and they encountered a Vampaneze Bear. When Darren arrived at Vampire Mountain, he took a tour of the halls. Darren competed in a game. He had to compete against Arra, of the girl vampires. He competed with her because he wanted to earn her respect, and the Princes heard about that and they were surprised. Darren and Arra fenced, and when Darren beat Arra, he earned her respect.

Climax: (4-6 sentences)
When Mr. Crepsley presents Darren to the Vampire Princes, they don’t like that Mr. Crepsley blooded a child. They disapprove because it was against the rules to blood a child. Mr. Crepsley told them not to punish Darren, but to punish him because it was his fault. Since Mr. Crepsley had a history with the Princes, they respected him, and gave him a chance to prove the boy worthy. The Vampire Princes said that Darren has to show that he is worthy of being in the Vampire Ranks.

Resolution: (4-6 sentences)
In order for Darren to show he is worthy, he has to complete the Trails of Death. The Trails of Death is a test. Darren learns that if he passes, he will be accepted into the Vampire Ranks. However, if he fails, or quits, he will be killed. Darren’s adventure continues onto the next book.

Choose a theme in your book and compare to any piece of literature we have read in class. What is similar? What is different? What have you learned about the human experience? (7-10 sentences)

A theme of Vampire Mountain would be friendship. It is similar to The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie makes two friends who he thought were funny, and he connected to. In Vampire Mountain, Darren found two friends as well. They were Vampires who were much older than him, and he used their advice to help him understand the ways of a Vampire. Similarly, Charlie received advice from his older friends about his life and being weird. Additionally, these two books are similar in that Charlie is a teenager going through hard times, and Darren is a young kid trying to understand the world. In Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie is lonely and sensitive, but in Vampire Mountain, Darren is tough, and confident. In the end, Charlie makes friends and is no longer alone, but Darren has to take a bigger risk and be alone. Both books teach that no matter where you come from, you’ll always be similar to someone.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
October 23, 2012 – Shelved

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