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Ghost Squad meets Hotel Transylvania in this sweetly spooky fish-out-of-water middle grade “mirthful monster mashup” (Kirkus Reviews) about a human girl who must put on the performance of her life when she realizes what she thought was a LARPing summer camp is full of real monsters!

With her stick-on fangs and widow’s peak drawn in waterproof eyeliner, Sylvie is an expert at pretending to be a vampire. More kids at school would know that if they bothered to join her monster LARPing (live action role playing) club. Not even her dad understands her passion for the undead and denies her request to attend a monster LARPing summer camp. But Sylvie is not so easily deterred.

She decides to tell her dad she’s attending another camp located near Monster Camp then sneak over to her real destination after he drops her off. Sylvie feels bad lying to him, but there’s no way she’s going to miss the chance to finally meet other kids that share her interests. And when she lays eyes on Monster Camp, she knows it was all worth it—the immersive campgrounds look like they came off a Hollywood lot!

But when an obnoxious kid dressed like a werewolf gets punished by being magically turned into a Pomeranian, Sylvie realizes she made a critical miscalculation. These aren’t LARPers, they’re real monsters, and Sylvie’s preferred costume means she’s placed with blood-sucking, human-biting campers who would breathe fire if they knew the truth about her. She has no choice but to try to stick it out by doing exactly what she does best: pretending to be a monster.

About The Author

Sarah Henning is a recovering journalist who has worked for The Palm Beach PostThe Kansas City Star, Associated Press, and more. She is the author of Sea WitchThe Princess Will Save YouThrow Like a Girl, and Monster Camp, among others. When not writing, she runs ultramarathons, hits the playground with her two kids, and hangs out with her husband, Justin, who doubles as her long-suffering IT department. Sarah lives in Lawrence, Kansas. Visit her at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 9, 2023)
  • Length: 368 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665930079
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12

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Raves and Reviews

"Henning’s clever premise allows her to explore a panorama of monsters, and her brisk, lively style deftly balances both frights and humor. A mirthful monster mashup."

– Kirkus

"Henning has written a fun story that touches on topics of bullying, friendships, and self-expression."

– Booklist

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