Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Book 1)

Young readers like paranormal books. Most are geared toward girls and contain a lot of romance and angst. This book does not. Boys will like it too.

Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Book 1)

Author – Heather Brewer


Genre –  paranormal, middle grade, adventure


Number of pages – 182


Is this book part of a series? – Yes. There are five or six books in this series with an additional spin off series.


Publication date – August 2007


Publisher - Scholastic


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Formats available – ebook, hardcover, paperback, and audio CD


Target age of reader - 12 and up


Reading level -  780L
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Description - Vlad has to keep his vampire urges under control while dealing with the pressures of middle school.
Thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod really hates junior high. 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. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: He’s being hunted by a vampire killer.


Themes of the book – Friends, family, fitting in, what makes us who we are, family history,


Main character is – Vladimir Tod a human/vampire


The story takes place in - Bathory, a made up town ?


Overall rating of this book  –  G to PG


** Spoiler Alert **


~ Content ~


Language, profanity – None


Sexual references or actions – talk of kissing and hickies


Violence –  bullying, scaring young kids at night, vampires biting others, blood, a few people die. Nothing too descriptive or over the top.


Drugs, alcohol, etc – None


Religious themes - None


Character types - Humans, vampires, talk of werewolves


Heads up for sensitive readers:

It's a vampire book so people are attacked and some die.
I felt the scary bits were light.

Will this book be good for book reports?

      I'm not sure. This title may be best used for summer reading. If it hooks a student, great, there are many more titles in the series waiting to be read.
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The reviews on this book are mixed. You can read them and decide for yourself.
~ Jenna


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