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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,874 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Rees Brennan, Justine Larbalestier Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn’t mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It’s up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity! 

On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching. 

Acclaimed authors Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan team up to create a witty and poignant story of cool vampires, warm friendships, and the changes that test the bonds of love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Incredibly fresh and original—and absolutely charming.”

    Cory Doctorow

  • “No matter what team you’re on, there are characters here you’ll cheer for. Suspense, humor, and romance: Team Human has it all!”

    Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of Evernight

  • “I could not be more a fan of this book than if I had a Team Human cheerleader outfit…brilliant, funny, sharply emotional!”

    Rachel Caine, New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampire 

  • “Funny, scary, touching, and thoughtful in ways you’d never expect: If you love vampire books, this is the book for you—if you hate vampire books, this is also the book for you.”

    Maureen Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Star 

  • “Smart and entertaining. Themes of honest friendship and freedom of choice mix with zombies, accidental romance, a diverse and complex cast, and sharply funny dialogue to create a thoroughly enjoyable read with a core of unexpected depth.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

  • “The authors both uphold the conventions of the contemporary vampire romance and comment on it.”

    VOYA (starred review)

  • “A witty story of friendship that has a poignancy that is rare, coupled with a dry humor that is truly laugh-out-loud funny.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A witty, comedic parody that adds a fresh idea to the teen vampire novel trend.”


  • “Laugh-out-loud funny, heart-wrenchingly sad, and fist-pump-in-the-air triumphant, this sparkling gem proves that vampires, zombies, and even teenagers…at heart, we’re all on Team Human.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The perfect blend of humor, heart, brains (braaaaaaaainssss?), and thrills.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • Team Human is both fearsome and funny, a fresh entry in the popular genre.”

    Horn Book

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Astrid | 2/18/2014

    " I'm taking stars off for the annoying best friend subplot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer Leigh | 2/13/2014

    " 4.5 crazy amazing stars. This book is sassy and oh so great! LOVE! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Leslie Cooney | 2/4/2014

    " I was pretty torn about this book. I liked the main character, who narrates the story. She is very funny and sarcastic, and has some great one-liners. I also really liked her love interest. But I couldn't really get into the rest of the story, and found most of the other characters not all that interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lori | 1/19/2014

    " I'd give this 3.5 stars here if I could. I liked it but it almost felt like two different books. The first part was a funny almost-parody of some other popular vampire/human relationship books. The second part was a mystery with a very sad ending and some intense moments between good friends. I liked all the parts, especially Kit and even the crazy twist I didn't see coming, I just wish they felt like they meshed better together. "

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