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Eighth grade bites /

Eighth grade bites /
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Brewer, Zac, 1973-
Copies: 2; Reserves: 0

In addition to being harassed by the principals and the bullies at his school, outcast Vlad has to find a way to curb his vampire cravings and hide his enlarged fangs, but when a substitute teacher becomes too inquisitive and he learns that he is being hunted by a vampire killer, Vlad's social life becomes the (more)
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Control No. 543362
LCCN 2006030455
ISBN 0525478116 (hc.)
ISBN 9780525478119 (hc.)
ISBN 9780142411872 (pbk.)
ISBN 9780545115254 (pbk.)
Author Brewer Zac 1973
Title Eighth grade bites / -- Heather Brewer.
Varying Title 8th grade bites
Edition Statement 1st ed.
Publisher Information New York, N.Y. : -- Dutton Children's Books, -- 2007.
Physical Description 182 p. ; -- 22 cm.
Series Title Chronicles of Vladimir Tod
Formatted Contents Note Where's the boy? -- Halloween -- Hidden attic -- Search continues -- Otis Otis -- Secrets and sanctuary -- Feeding time -- Book -- Snow and ashes -- meeting of monsters -- Mr. Otis comes to diner -- Mr. Craig -- Bound by blood -- Elysia -- End of a dark journey -- Mark of a vampire.
Summary For thirteen years, Vlad, aided by his aunt and best friend, has kept secret that he is half-vampire, but when his missing teacher is replaced by a sinister substitute, he learns that there is more to being a vampire, and to his parents' deaths, than he could have guessed.
Subject Vampires Fiction Young adult literature
Subject Orphans Fiction Young adult literature
Subject Junior high schools Fiction Young adult literature
Subject Schools Fiction Young adult literature
Subject Horror stories Young adult literature
Subject Young adult literature
Subject - Local Truman Readers Award winner Young adult literature
Electronic Location Table of contents only -- http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip074/2006030455.html




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Annotation 1 In addition to being harassed by the principals and the bullies at his school, outcast Vlad has to find a way to curb his vampire cravings and hide his enlarged fangs, but when a substitute teacher becomes too inquisitive and he learns that he is being hunted by a vampire killer, Vlad's social life becomes the least of his concerns.

Annotation 2 For thirteen years, Vlad, aided by his aunt and best friend, has kept secret that he is half-vampire, but when his missing teacher is replaced by a sinister substitute, he learns that there is more to being a vampire, and to his parents' deaths, than he could have guessed.

Annotation 3 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. 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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 reviews (4)


Kirkus Reviews 2007 July #1
Proving that you can't have your blood and drink it too, this shallow vampire tale waffles between vamp/camp and purported somberness. Eighth-grader Vladimir has a secret: He is (he thinks) the only living vampire. Pandering Aunt Nelly, a nurse, goes to "great lengths to sneak blood from the hospital" for Vlad's vital nutrition. His parents were mysteriously murdered, and now his teacher's missing. The odd substitute suspiciously demands research on vampires. Who's stalking Vlad, and why? It's unclear which hints are real clues and which are sloppy narration. Cheesily referential names (town of Bathory; classmate Edgar Poe) and gleeful gross-outs (cookies dunked in blood) undermine the supposed gravity of Vlad's situation and lineage. Brewer evades the problematic nature of blood-sucking, hiding behind quips like Vlad's refusal to kill because "just think of the looks he might get at the next block party if he got caught. This one just tries too hard. (Fantasy. 10-12) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

PW Reviews 2007 August #3

Brewer's first children's book, first of the planned Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, is like a Laurell K. Hamilton toned way down for the elementary school set. Vlad is miserable. His mother and vampire father died years ago in a suspicious fire, and he lives in a small town with his maternal aunt, a nurse who regularly raids the blood bank for him ("Could you get me O positive this time? That's my favorite," he nonchalantly asks her as he spoons "a big, sweet glob of half-frozen blood" into his mouth). His best friend, Henry, is the only other person who knows why Vlad is so meticulous about applying sunblock and why he brings lunch to school. 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. The mystery and suspense angles never get scarier than, say, a Goosebumps installment, and the tone stays mostly light, with plenty of descriptions of Vlad's diet that are to gag for. Brewer catches the wretchedness of adolescence: the hero's crush on a classmate is dead-on in its understatement and inaction, and his friendship with Henry encompasses lots of banter and insults. The uninitiated will appreciate the ample stock of vampire lore, while the more knowledgeable will sink their teeth into the puns. Ages 10-up. (Aug.)

[Page 69]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

SLJ Reviews 2007 September

Gr 5–8— Vladimir Tod's is a vampire-or at least sort of; he's not quite sure. His father was a vampire, but his mother was human, and they died three years ago in a mysterious accident. Now Vlad has only his friend Henry and his "Aunt" Nelly, his mother's best friend who is raising him, to confide in. He has a hunger for blood, although he's been trained since babyhood to be "normal" and not to act on it. He gets by because Nelly, who's a nurse, brings home bags of blood from the hospital where she works, and he hides one or two in his backpack for when he gets hungry. But Vlad realizes that his father had a history he didn't know about when his English teacher vanishes mysteriously, to be replaced by a tall, thin substitute teacher in a purple top hat who seems to know a little too much about him. This story comes with all the usual eighth-grade angst, and none of the characters is particularly gripping. While some vampire fans will enjoy it, others will find the way that Brewer plays fast and loose with the standard vampire lore hard to swallow. Eighth Grade Bites reads like the novelization of an unexceptional made-for-TV movie.—Walter Minkel, New York Public Library

[Page 190]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

VOYA Reviews 2007 October
Eighth grade is difficult enough for Vladimir Tod-he must deal with bullies, few friends, and an unrequited crush. Add to this equation that he is the orphaned son of a vampire father and human mother, and the degree of difficulty goes through the roof. A favorite teacher disappears mysteriously, prompting the arrival of a creepy substitute, Otis Otis. Vlad begins to fear that Mr. Otis knows his secret and is seeking to expose him to the whole school. After a series of terrifying encounters, Vlad discovers that there are other vampires nearby, seeking revenge against his late father for wedding a human and breaking the vampire code. After weathering several apparent changes in allegiance by Mr. Otis, Vlad must finally face the vengeful vampires that seek to end his life and the legacy of his father.This first novel in The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series is an exceptional current-day vampire story. The mix of typical teen angst and dealing with growing vampiric urges make for a fast-moving, engaging story. This book will appeal to readers who have consumed Darren Shan's Cirque Du Freak series as well as to fans of Stephenie Meyer's books. The cover simply oozes YA appeal, featuring Vlad in a black hoodie emblazoned with a bright red, fanged smiley face. This book is highly recommended for libraries serving middle school through high school age patrons, where it is sure to find a very enthusiastic audience among fans of vampire fiction.-Sherrie Williams 4Q 4P M J S Copyright 2007 Voya Reviews.

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 author biography


Heather Brewer was not your typical teen growing up. She wore black, danced under full moons, and devoured every book in sight. She hasn't changed much. Today, Heather can be found writing in her funky, black Happy Bunny jammie pants, dancing under a full moon, devouring every book in sight, and attending renaissance faire in full costume (and in character).

When Heather's not writing, dressing up, dancing and reading, she's answering email, which she loves to get over at her website.



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