New Monster High novel Once Bitten, Twice Dead

In Spring 2024 and in partnership with ABRAMS, Monster High will continue the story of the original Monster High alumni characters in a brand-new young adult novel. Titled Once Bitten, Twice Dead, the novel offers a darker spin on the familiar Monster High universe with unexpected twists and turns featuring fan-favorite character Draculaura. Written by Tiffany Schmidt, author of nine acclaimed young adult novels, this release addresses demand from the alumni audience for more stories featuring the original alumni Monster High characters. In Once Bitten, Twice Dead, Draculaura’s world is turned upside down when the unthinkable happens, and the teenage vampire is forced to navigate grief, love, and the meaning of true friendship while uncovering secrets long buried.
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New Monster High novel Once Bitten, Twice Dead

When a horrific loss throws Monster High into a state of grave upheaval, Draculaura and the other ghouls find themselves coping in different ways. Cleo and her family sense opportunity in the mayhem, grasping at control and leaving the rest of the ghouls’ loyalties divided.

For her part, the chaos at school is making Draculaura sick. She feels more exhausted by the day, and she finds escape only by slipping away to the cemetery to pore over her mom’s old journals. It’s there that she meets Poe, a handsome human harboring some darkness of his own. Soon Draculaura finds herself caught in an impossible web of lies. If her ghoulfriends find out she’s fallen for a normie, they’ll freak. And if Poe discovers she’s a vampire, his monster-hunting dad may have a stake in the matter.

Meanwhile, dangerous events have begun plaguing the halls of Monster High. The gargoyles stage a mutiny, and the water in the swimming pool boils while Lagoona is swimming laps. When the magical protections around the school borders falter and a group of normies stumble onto campus, Draculaura and the other ghouls know something needs to be done before Monster High becomes Monster Die.

But there’s a secret about Draculaura that no one—not Poe, the other ghouls, or even she—was aware of until now: a secret tied to the school’s very marrow. When Draculaura and Ghoulia uncover ancient texts that reveal the full implications of her identity, Draculaura is forced to make an impossible choice that will alter her identity forever.

Will her loyalties to Monster High determine all their fates? Or will Draculaura succumb to a dangerous passion that makes her feel more . . . alive than she ever has?
“Even when Monster High was on hiatus, we were hearing from fans constantly who, simply put, wanted more Monster High,” said Ryan Ferguson, Mattel’s global head of publishing. “As the desire for more publishing content that expands the Monster High universe has been a common request, we’re particularly excited about today’s news.”
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 13 - 18 years
Release date: July 16, 2024
Price: $19.99 (Hardcover)

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