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

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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.

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About Heather Brewer

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Heather Brewer (www.heatherbrewer.com) is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series. She doesn't believe in happy endings, unless they involve blood. Ms. Brewer lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and two children.
Published August 16, 2007 by Speak. 202 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Proving that you can’t have your blood and drink it too, this shallow vampire tale waffles between vamp/camp and purported somberness.

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But when Vlad’s English teacher goes missing (readers know he’s been murdered), the substitute teacher, Mr. Otis, seems uncannily wise to Vlad, leaving Vlad to worry that he may be exposed.

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The Bookbag

The story has its weaker elements – the whole 'whose side is the substitute teacher on?' thing got pretty old pretty fast, and I felt Vlad's relationship with Henry, his best friend, was a bit underexplored – how did he take the discovery of Vlad's vampirism, and how does he feel about having a v...

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Common Sense Media

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.

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Open Book Society

But I really liked how the back of the book made the story sound, so I went ahead and bought book 1 and 2 against my better judgment.

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SciFi Online

Vlad would be your normal junior high school kid - desiring a girl that fancies his best friend, beset by bullies and generally trying to survive school - if it wasn’t for the fact that he was also a vampire.

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