Eighth Grade Bites: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod

Book review by
Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Exciting vampire tale sucks in reluctant readers.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 63 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

The overall feel is a bit spooky with villains, school issues, and typical teen crushes all mixed in together.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though the main character is a vampire, he, his surrogate family, and friends are pretty stable characters. There are bullies and villains in this story, however both groups' actions are seen in a negative light.


Two people die in a fire before the book begins, their son believes it was murder. A vampire attacks and kills two people. A vampire is killed by a special weapon that uses light.


Crushes and talk of someone being a good kisser; a discussion of how two people fell in love and became parents.


Some name calling.


Twinkies, Playstation, Sony

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know there is a fair amount of blood in this story, though most of it comes from the blood bank. Three people are shown being killed, though it's not particularly gory.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJames R December 2, 2016

For being a book in the young adult genre, it was a good read.

When I first read this book (and then the rest of the series), I was about 17 years old. I've always enjoyed fiction books ever since I was first able to r... Continue reading
Adult Written byrawrmom1 May 16, 2011

18 and love it

i love this book helped me not focus on the badstuff in my life
Teen, 13 years old Written byThalia Grace September 18, 2020

Eighth Grade Bites

I think it's a great book! Moving on to the rest of the series, because I want to know what happens. It doesn't have much violence in it, until the en... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old May 16, 2020


It’s a little scary, and has some language, but other than that it’s great!

What's the story?

Eighth grade is no picnic. Like the average outsider Vlad's got bullies and a crush on his mind. But being a vampire, and one recently orphaned in mysterious circumstances, adds a whole new level of suckiness. Vlad has to hide blood in his school lunches, slather on the sunscreen, and keep his fangs under control.

Is it any good?

EIGHTH GRADE BITES is a yummy treat. The book's cover sets the tone: dark, cool, creepy, and exciting. Many books and movies have already explored teens turning into supernatural beings -- witches, wizards, werewolves, even superheroes. Heather Brewer makes Vlad a known vampire from birth. Instead of wrapping up the challenges of growing into an adult with the challenges of becoming a vampire, Vlad has always been an outsider, though we are beginning to explore the vampire world as Vlad is being slowly exposed to it. Another difference -- most stories have the teens becoming cooler as they realize they have powers, whereas Vlad is still pretty uncool, at least to the kids in his school. Brewer also includes positive adult figures -- yet another departure from most teen novels.

This fun read was named an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. And tapping into the MySpace crowd, Brewer and Vampire Island author Adele Griffin teamed up to launch a popular MySpace page with their lead characters.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about standing up to bullies. Have you ever been bullied? Why is it important to stand up to someone who is harassing you? Who can you talk to if you need help?

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