Age Level: 14 and up
# of pages: 497
Award Winner: 2007 Iowa High School Award
Sequel: New Moon and Eclipse
RAC Book: Yes
Bella has come to Forks, Washington to live with her father. She does not have trouble making friends at her new school, but she becomes especially interested in the Cullen family. The Cullen’s adopted five children, who are now all going to the same high school. Bella notices that they are beautiful and never seem to eat. When she becomes Edward Cullen’s lab partner she notices he appears to hate her, but she later learns that he actually really likes her which is problematic since he is a vampire. The Cullens are all vampires, but none of them practice and choose instead to feed on animals to survive.
As Bella finds herself drawn to Edward she discovers that he always seems to be right there whenever she needs help getting out of bad situations and wants to genuinely protect her. Her new friend, Jacob, from the nearby Native American reservation does not fear Edward but his people do not trust vampires and are not allowed on Native American property.
One day another group of vampires comes through town and becomes obsessed with getting Bella, which leads to a very dramatic and exciting ending. Although this book is about vampires it is not gory or scary. The story draws readers in until they have to find out what happens to Bella and Edward. Students love this series and are hungry for more. Highly recommended.