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Shadow Lands Level 1: Thirst

Teenage Vampires in the Shadow Lands

by Lisa Benjamin

Thirst is the first set of five stories in the Shadow Lands multi-reading-level series, for struggling or reluctant readers in middle school and high school who need more practice with commonly used vocabulary. Along with the first (Level 1) and second (Level 2) sets of stories titled Thirst and Coven, the reading level increases across the series (see below). There are fifteen stories (five stories per reading level) and are available as individual 48-page books. All three sets are also offered as Collections; a single 224-page that includes all five stories. The stories are also available as ebooks.

All fifteen Shadow Lands stories feature male and female teenage characters and contemporary stories that students can relate to, including events at school, family issues, and relationships.

The Thirst Stories

Lilly and David are vampires. That's a hard secret to keep, especially when you're pretending to be normal high school kids. Lilly is really 200 years old. David is 18, but his old friends don't know he's a new vampire. Will Lilly and David be able to keep their secret?

Hunted - A vampire hunter comes to West Bend to kill Lilly and David. Who will win this fight? Lexile: 160

The Prom - David is angry when another boy asks his ex-girlfriend to the prom. Is David angry enough to kill? Lilly hopes not. Lexile: 140

Bad Blood - David decides to try a new blood drink that comes in a can. What he does next is scary-and only Lilly can stop him. Lexile: 180

The Royal - David joins the track team and runs too fast to be human. Then a Royal shows up-and David learns a hard lesson about breaking vampire rules. Lexile: 200

Dark Forest - A strange girl is found injured in the Dark Forest. Lilly and David have to find out who-or what-she is before people get hurt.
Lexile: 240

Thirst: The Collection
Shadow Lands Level 1: Thirst is available as a single 224-page, 5-1/4 x 7-3/8 book, that includes all five stories. This is a good option for students who prefer to carry one book that looks like a novel.

The individual books and Collection book can also be purchased as a Classroom Set (5 books each). See ordering information below.

About the Shadow Lands Series

Level 1 Thirst (set of 5 books), Lexile: 140–240
Level 2 Coven (set of 5 books), Lexile: 270–300
Level 3 Blackwings (set of 5 books), Lexile: 300–410

Each level exposes the reader to an additional amount of the most frequently used words in the English language. Thirst (Vampires), Coven (Witches), and Blackwings (Demon Hunters) each have a different group of main characters, and can be read independently of the other levels, although students who read all three levels may discover some interesting connections!

Reviews & Comments:

My daughter loved the 5 book series that were available all in one book about the vampires called Thirst: The Collection (All 5 stories in one 224 pp. book). She finished it in one week which never has happened before. She carried it through the grocery store, in the car, everywhere! She is on to the next series, Coven. Please make more collections like this as they are more affordable!! And continue the vampire stories!
--Mary Ann B.

"I do not enjoy reading, but I liked reading this story and wished it was longer."--Trevor, grade 8, on reading The Prom

The Royal is a fantasy novel, that allows struggling teen readers to practice decoding skills while being engaged in a high interest story line. This book is a great way to introduce fantasy and suspense to teens that are reluctant to read just for the pleasure of reading. My students couldn’t find anything negative about it, other than they would like it to be part of a sequel series, so they can follow the characters in other books.
–Tacoma Public School Librarians

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Reading Level

Interest Level

Reading Level 1

Ages 11-18+

Subject/Genre: Fantasy

Ratings: Lexile: 140 - 240

Recommended Ages: 11-18+

Pages: 48 pp., 5 x 7, Softcover

ISBN: 978-1-57128-943-8

Publisher:  HNB


Item No.






1 Set of 5 Books


Classroom Sets and Special Offers!

Item No.






Classroom Set (5 Sets of Level 1 Book sets)



Thirst: The Collection (All 5 stories in one 224 pp. book)



Thirst: The Collection Classroom Set (5 copies)



Shadow Lands Series (Levels 1, 2, 3)
Thirst, Coven, Blackwings -15 stories/15 books



Shadow Lands Series Collections (Levels 1, 2, 3)
Thirst, Coven, Blackwings - 15 stories/3 books


See Also... (Sold Separately)


Item No. / Product Title



It's All True! Level 1



Shadow Lands Level 2: Coven



Shadow Lands Level 3: Blackwings



Leela and Ben Mysteries



Copper Canyon



It's All True! Level 2


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