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Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Bk 1)
Eighth Grade Bites - Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Bk 1
Author: Heather Brewer
Junior high really sucks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: his mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs....  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780142411872
ISBN-10: 0142411876
Publication Date: 3/13/2008
Pages: 192
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 43 ratings
Publisher: Puffin
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Bk 1) on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
As an adult reader, I half-heartedly read this teenage vampire novel because my son showed an interest. I found myself surprisingly engaged by the author's writing style and, while I am a much more mature reader, it was enjoyable to read a contemporary story I would not otherwise have chosen for myself. It kept my interest. The author has followed up her initial novel with a 9th grade sequel that my son plans to read in his spare time. It's not Austen, but, then, what is!
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Helpful Score: 2
Vladimir Tod is a vampire. After his parents died in a mysterious fire in their home, all Vlad has left is his best friend Henry and his "Aunt" Nelly, who has been raising him since the accident. His thirst for blood is strong, and he's been trained since he was a baby to act like the humans and not bite people. The only way Vlad quenches his hunger is by Aunt Nelly bringing home bags of blood from the hospital where she works. When Vlad's English teacher disappears, and is replaced by a creepy substitute with an obsession for monsters, Vlad becomes suspicious that he is being hunted and possibly by the same people that murdered his parents.

I always enjoy reading YA vampire books. It's fun to read the vampire from a teen perspective, but this was definitely geared toward a younger audience. I would say 5th grade and up could read this. It's along the lines of the first book in the Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan. I liked it, but I didn't love it. Vlad is a smart kid, and has a very understanding best friend in Henry. He also keeps Vlad's secret of being a vampire to himself, which shows Vlad just how lucky he is to have Henry in his life. They even joke about it on Halloween when they get dressed up in their costumes. Vlad's past is interesting, and I love the substitute teacher that takes over Vlad's class. I thought this was a really cute kind of spooky book, and think it's the start of a great vampire series for younger readers.
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reviewed Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Bk 1) on + 5 more book reviews
Vampires who can envy humans their humanity, without the emo whining whoa is me stuff. Vlad has it tough growing up the only vampire in town. A deadly allergy to garlic, schoolhouse bullies, and a mysterious new substitute teacher who can not seem to let him alone about his 'secret'. Oh and being hunted by a mysterious vampire group out to kill his already dead father. Despite it all Vlad is pulled off as kind, a bit socially awkward, and best of all he doesn't crawl in a corner and bemoan his fate. He ponders it over some blood-and-cookies, puts on a Vampire's suck tshirt, and goes junior sherlock holmes on the mysteries stacking in his quiet little hometown.

To the Parents:
Blood aside, the writer adds in no political agendas, drugs, bad language, or other touchy subjects. The most amusing thing remotely close to a curse was "What in glob's name is going on?" (there is no explanation as to what this 'glob' is, but its amusing coming from nelly). It relies instead on some good old-fashioned wit and plot to keep the reader engaged. It addresses the trials of being different, of family ties, and demonstrates a good get-it-done mindset in the midst of stress, school, and saving the day in the middle of the night.

To the youths:
If you ever wondered what it would be like to be a vampire in junior high, you'll love it. Dressing up as yourself for Halloween, peanut butter and blood-jelly sandwiches, and you get to keep your reflection. The ability to float, read minds, and flash fangs at threats isn't too shabby either. Its fun to read and has a good deeper plot that continues onward throughout Vlad's entire junior and high school life. And you though algebra was hard...
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Perfectly written! I enjoyed it very much. I like this theory of vampires compared to other books. A perfect book for anyone who enjoyed twilight!

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