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Children's Fiction Peer Pressure

Leo's Midnight Rescue

by (author) Louise Leblanc

illustrated by Jules Prud'homme

translated by Sarah Cummins

Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
Nov 2004
Peer Pressure, Prejudice & Racism
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    Publish Date
    Nov 2004
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    Publish Date
    Nov 2004
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 2 to 5
  • Reading age: 6 to 9


One evening Leo's friend Julio disappears. He rode off on his bike, and hasn't come back. Leo and his classmate Butch are very worried because Julio is a vampire and cannot be exposed to daylight. The boys have to get as much help as they can to find the boy before daybreak. Only a few people in the village know of Julio and his family. Now his parents have to come out from their apartment underneath the cemetery to meet a very unfriendly crowd.
This story is about finding the courage to confront prejudice and the value of facing risks to do the right thing.

About the authors

LOUISE LEBLANC is an award-winning novelist and children\s writer. A native of Montreal she worked as a teacher a model an actress and a dancer before establishing her full-time writing career in 1985. Her Maddie books have appeared in French English Spanish and Danish editions.'

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JULES PRUD'HOMME is an artist and art director, and has worked in animation for children's television programs.

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  • Winner, Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection

Librarian Reviews

Leo’s Midnight Rescue (First Novels)

Julio – a vampire who cannot be exposed to daylight – has disappeared. Can his friend Leo find him before daybreak? A story of facing risks to do the right thing. Large text for easy reading.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.

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