Twilight and the other vampire books by Stephenie Meyer are everywhere right now, and it seems that even nine and ten year olds are asking to read them. But what if, like many of us, you are uncomfortable handing Twilight to younger readers? Try offering your middle grade kids some of these vampire-ish books instead.

Not strictly a vampire series, the Araminta Spookie books by Angie Sage are populated with ghosts, werewolves and other creepy creatures and are a great bet for younger kids. Ages 7-10.

The Vampirates series by Justin Somper mixes adventure with the vampire lore for action-packed tales that will keep readers hooked. Ages 9-12.

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer is the first book in the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series. It takes a less stereotypical, more humorous approach to vampires; this one should appeal to boys as well. Ages 10 and up.

In the first book of the My Sister the Vampire series by Sienna Mercer, pink-loving cheerleader Olivia discovers a strange secret about the twin sister she didn’t even know she had… Ages 8-12

The Vampire Island series by Adele Griffin relates the adventures of three vampire siblings who are living as humans in New York City. Ages 9-11

The first book in the Oliver Nocturne series by Kevin Emerson is a coming of age vampire tale. Oliver isn’t exactly happy about being a vampire or about the fact that he has to attend vampire school; in fact, he isn’t a great vampire at all. But his destiny is about to change. Ages 9-12

Look for Me by Moonlight by Mary Downing Hahn. Cynda is staying with her family at the Maine inn run by her father. The inn is supposed to haunted but Cynda may be in more danger from a mysterious stranger she has met than from any ghosts. Ages 11 and up.