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Zoe and Simon have something in common – they are both lonely. Zoe because her mother is dying of cancer and her father is always gone and Simon because he is a 300 year old vampire with no family. Simon is trying to avenge his mother’s death and stop the murders that have been happening in town while Zoe has to decide if she can trust Simon enough to help him.

Klause, Annette Curtis. The Silver Kiss. Delacorte Press, 1990. 238 pages. paperback. $8.99, ISBN 978-0-375-85782-9

Zoe’s mother is dying of cancer. Zoe’s father has checked out, he spends all his time with Zoe’s mom at the hospital and refuses to talk honestly to Zoe about the situation. Zoe’s best friend, Lorraine, is moving away. Can things get any worse? Enter Simon, a beautiful intriguing teenage boy, who just happens to be a 300 year-old vampire. Simon is just as lonely as Zoe and spends his days trying to avenge the death of his mother.  What will happen? Can Zoe trust Simon? Will Zoe be able to help him? And what is a Silver Kiss?

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  • A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, 1990
  • A YALSA Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers, 1990
  • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, 1990
  • Booklist Best Book and Editor’s Choice, 1990
  • Michigan Library Association Young Adults Division Best Book of the Year Honor Book, 1990
  • Michigan Thumbs Up! Award Honor Book, 1991
  • 1991 Locus Poll Award – Best First Novel
  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award Nominee, 1992
  • Maryland Library Association Black-Eyed Susan Award, 1992-93
  • California Young Reader’s Medal, 1993
  • Oklahoma Library Association Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award, 1993
  • South Carolina Library Association Young Adult Award, 1993
  • Pacific Northwest Young Reader’s Choice Award Nominee, 1993
  • One of the 100 Best of the Best Books for Young Adults–1967-1992, 1994
  • A YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults, 1999
  • One of the 100 Best of the Best Books for Young Adults–1967-1992, 2000
  • A YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults, 2009

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