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Eighth Grade Bites: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod

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Exciting vampire tale sucks in reluctant readers.
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Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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.

Violence

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.

Sex

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

Language

Some name calling.

Consumerism

Twinkies, Playstation, Sony

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Book details

Author:Heather Brewer
Genre:Contemporary Fiction
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Dutton Children's Books
Publication date:August 16, 2007
Number of pages:182
Publisher's recommended age(s):8 - 12
Award:ALA Best and Notable Books

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Teen, 13 years old Written byhaylay247 January 26, 2011

Pretty good!

I actually just finished the book and I really liked it! Throughout the book there is suspense and mystery and at times, its hard to even put the book down! I never really found any parts were I got a little bored while reading the book and I read it in one night.
Teen, 13 years old Written bytimmphy do June 24, 2010
i love it i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Teen, 14 years old Written bySandyApple May 7, 2010

Great and Addicting book series

I love this book, I read all the series, and I finished the first book in about two days, they are fun and easy to read, once you start reading the book you just can't let go of it, it's really well written and easy for young teens and pre-teens to understand, the only issue should be that your child might wanna buy all 5 books, but it's a good investment, reading is healthy. And this book is Awesome, I recommend it.
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