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Stephenie Meyer

Publishing Information: Little, Brown & Co.: New York, 2005
ISBN: 0316160172
: 498 p.
Ages: 14 & Up

When Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who, she comes to realize, is not wholly human.

Book Talk:
"10 Things You Ought to Know About Vampires" from Bella Swan, 17, of Forks, Washington.

  1. Some vampires actually like daylight.
  2. Some vampires don't prey on humans.
  3. Some vampires know what you are thinking.
  4. Some vampires like to drive fast.
  5. Some vampires save humans' lives.
  6. Some vampires don't sleep in coffins (or anywhere else).
  7. Some vampires like to play baseball.
  8. Some vampires are good swimmers.
  9. Some vampires like music.
  10. Some vampires are loveable.
Subject Headings & Major Themes:

High School
Washington (State)

Awards & Reviews:
School Library Journal Best Books, 2005
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2006
YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2006

BookList, November 15, 2005 (Starred Review)
Kirkus Review, September 15, 2005
New York Times, February 12, 2006
Publishers Weekly, July 18, 2005, p. 207 (Starred Review)
School Library Journal, October 2005
VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates, October 2005

Discussion Questions and Ideas:

  1. Who would be cast in a movie if it were to be made? Who would play Bella? Edward? Charlie? The rest of the Cullens? The Hales? What music would you include on the soundtrack?
  2. How does Twilight fit into the Gothic genre? How does it not fit into that genre?
  3. What is the meaning behind the apple on the book's cover?
  4. Who is "the hunter" in the preface?

Related Websites:
Official website for the book (created by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) -

Stephenie Meyer's Website -

The Twilight Lexicon -

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause, 1997
Dracula by Bram Stoker, 1897
Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley, 1818
The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding, 2004 (2006 RITBA Nominee)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, 1847
Peeps by Scott Westerfield, 2005
The Raging Quiet by Sherryl Jordan, 1999
The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause, 1981
Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli, 2000
Sunshine by Robin McKinley, 2004
Tenderness by Robert Cormier, 1997
/ Pretties / Specials by Scott Westerfield, 2005/2005/2006 (*2007 RITBA Nominee)
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, 1847

Other Books by the Author:
Twilight is Meyer's first book, but she has two more books planned for the series, tentatively titled New Moon (2006) and Eclipse (2007).

About the Author:
(The following was taken from the author's homepage:
Stephenie Meyer was born in Connecticut in 1973. She moved to Phoenix when she was four, and has lived out West ever since (hence, Bella's sun-loving nature). The unusual spelling of Meyer's first name comes from her being named for her father, Stephen. She has five siblings: two sisters and three brothers.

After attending high school in Scottsdale, Arizona, Meyer went to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she majored in English. She is a Mormon. She is married and has three boys under the age of 10. She now lives in Glendale, Arizona. Twilight is her first novel. She admits to having been asked more than once: "What's a nice Mormon girl like you doing writing about vampires?"

Meyer's favorite authors include Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte, Daphne DuMaurier, Janet Evanovich, and Douglas Adams. Her favorite recording artists include Muse, Linkin Park, Coldplay, U2, the Strokes, and Weezer.

Words of wisdom: "Don't ever let anyone tell you that high school is supposed to be fun. High school is to be endured. College is fun."

Snail mail:
Stephenie Meyer
Time Warner Book Group
1271 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10020

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