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Leo and Julio

by Louise Leblanc
illustrated by Philippe Brochard
translated by Sarah Cummins

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humorous stories, fantasy & magic
list price: $5.95
also available: Hardcover
published: 1999
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
5 to 10
1 to 5
Reading age:
5 to 10
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At 7:15 PM Leo has a date with a vampire.

For months now, whenever he has visited his grandfather at the graveyard, Leo has been exchanging notes with Julio, a vampire who lives in a nearby tomb with his family. They arrange to meet one night when Leo's parents are away and have a great time--until his parents return unexpectedly.

Julio is trapped in the basement, and Leo worries that he'll disappear if he's still there when the sun comes up. Leo tells his parents the truth, and they help cover Julio from the sun and return him to the graveyard. They think it's all a joke, but when Julio disappears into his family's tomb, they have to think again.

Leo and Julio is the touching story of a most unusual friendship.

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Editorial Reviews

"Leo learns much about honesty and dealing with a bully."

— Resource Links

"The vocabulary in Sara Cummin's translation is just right for young readers. Leo is all boy, foolishly arousing suspicion by too eagerly rejecting adult supervision, accepting blame to protect himself and talking to himself to bolster his self-confidence. Although sketchy, Leo's parents have typical worries and reactions."

— Canadian Materials

"Full of misunderstandings, tension and drama, this is a great hi-lo book for slightly older children still having some trouble reading independently. A few black-and-white cartoonlike drawings sprinkled throughout help make the text even more accessible. Good dialogue, tight pacing, a slightly wacky concept, and a strong narrative voice result in an entertaining book... highly recommended."

— Canadian Book Review Annual
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About the Authors

Louise Leblanc

LOUISE LEBLANC is an award-winning novelist and children\s writer. A native of Montreal she worked as a teacher a model an actress and a dancer before establishing her full-time writing career in 1985. Her Maddie books have appeared in French English Spanish and Danish editions.'
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Philippe Brochard

PHILIPPE BROCHARD has illustrated many children\s books as well as contributing to textbooks and magazines.'
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Sarah Cummins

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