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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