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Summer Vamp by Violet Chan Karim

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Publishing Date: May 14, 2024



What happens when a very human kid ends up at the wrong summer camp—FOR VAMPIRES?! This quirky and heart warming graphic novel about making friends and getting in trouble is perfect for fans of Witches of Brooklyn.

After a lackluster school year, Maya anticipates an even more disappointing summer. The only thing she’s looking forward to is cooking and mixing ingredients in the kitchen, which these days brings her more joy than mingling with her peers . . . that is until her dad’s girlfriend registers her for culinary summer camp! Maya’s summer is saved! . . . or not. 

What was meant to be a summer filled with baking pastries and cooking pasta is suddenly looking a lot . . . paler?! Why do all of the kids have pointy fangs? And hate garlic? Turns out that Maya isn’t at culinary camp—she’s at a camp for VAMPIRES! Maya has a lot to learn if she’s going to survive this summer . . . and if she’s lucky, she might even make some friends along the way.


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About the Author:

Violet Chan Karim is a comic artist and writer from Boston, Massachusetts. Her love for cartoons, books, and movies as a child led to her pursuing a career in writing and illustration as an adult. She graduated with a BFA in Sequential Art from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2020. Violet’s debut graphic novel, Summer Vamp, will be published in 2024 with Random House Graphic. She also creates the webcomic, Death of a Pop Star, with Webtoon.


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Summer Vamp was so cute and funny it was a joy to read. All the characters shone but my favourite was Nico she was hysterical. The illustrations matched the story so well it really added to the banter and high jinks which the girls got into.

There were also nice messages throughout on such subjects like how to be a good friend and how misconceptions can really be changed when you get to know someone.

I do hope that there will be more as I would most certainly carry on with the series as I had such a great time.

For all the above reasons Summer Vamp receives 4 stars.

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