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Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Publishers Weekly

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.)

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VOYA - Sherrie Williams
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.
KLIATT - Debra Mitts-Smith
As if contending with bullies, impossible crushes, and math problems weren't enough, Vladimir Tod harbors a secret known only to his best friend Henry and his guardian, Aunt Nelly: Vlad is half vampire. Even in this regard Vlad is unique. Most vampires are made when a vampire shares its blood with a human, but Vlad was born a vampire. His father Tomas Tod had planned on feeding on a young woman; instead, he fell in love with her. Worse yet, he broke the code of the vampires that banned them from revealing their secrets to humans. Fleeing the vampiric council, Tomas and his bride Mellina found sanctuary in a Bathory, a small town. But hiding from his brethren was difficult. In Potter-esque fashion, Tomas and Mellina died in a mysterious fire. Three years later, the sins of the father begin to haunt Vlad's life. First one of his teachers disappears, only to be replaced by a teacher with an interest in mythological and supernatural beings. Then others begin to disappear. Vlad faces "normal" junior high occurrences as well as mysterious deaths, meals of blood bags and rare meat, and books written in unknown symbols. Scaffolding folkloric beliefs onto 8th-grade reality, author Heather Brewer constructs a plausible world. There are some bloody moments, but Vlad and Henry's humorous sparring outweighs the violence. For novices to horror fiction, Brewer's book contains just enough lore, tension, and gore to provide a good introduction to the genre. At the same time, her likeable characters, unique plot line, and promise of more books to come will also appeal to fans of the genre. Readers will be looking forward to following Vlad in the 9th grade.
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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 MinkelCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616878108
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/15/2010
  • Series: Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Series , #1
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.48 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Brewer
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 the full moon, devouring every book in sight, and attending renaissance fairs in costume (and in character). Heather doesn't believe in happy endings...unless they involve blood. She lives in Missouri with her husband and two children. Her new series, BLOODBOUND, is slated to be published in Fall 2011.
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  • Posted March 12, 2010

    Loved it

    Vlad's a half vampire, trying to survive his first crush, the eighth grade and discovering things about his vampiric side...

    This was more Harry Potter than it was Twilight, but vampire fans will thirst for more! This is the first book in the series, and it was the first book like this my late bloomer to read and ENJOY a chapter book. I think that some 4th and 5th graders will enjoy this book, as well as high schoolers. The series does get more complicated and doesn't feel quite as written down to a certain level as much as this first one did, but I still recommend it (kind the same way the first Harry Potter book lacked some of the complexity of the later books). Lots of sarcastic humor that preteens and teens alike will love, as well as a lot of fun to read, as the whole series is rapidly shaping up to be!

    35 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2008

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    I LOVE this book! :)

    I bought this 2 days ago at my schools bookfair and I just finished it today. It was so good! I LOVED it! I am a HUGE Twilight fan and so I decided to try some other vampire books and this one caught my eye. It was so good and Vladimir is such a character i love him!<BR/><BR/>I highly recomend this to any Twilight or vampire fan looking for a new twist on the life of vampires as we know it! <BR/><BR/>Try it, you wont regret it!

    21 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2010

    "Sucked" Me Right in!!! Loved it!

    The enthralling action packed book, which is the first in the series known as The Chronicles Of Vladimir Todd, did a great job of blending the fact of being a vampire with the teen life. It included dark secrets unknown to humans, and to some vampires. The book also contained the drama of an average teenage boy; girls, friends, and bullies. I was able to spot out plenty of side conflicts within the text. Overall content and plot wise, I give this book a 10 out of 10!

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

    a REAL vampire story, where the vampires dont sparkle

    this book was really a good read, i mean it was too short for me (in read it in a day), but i think i will finish the rest of the series, i just wish Brewer could make up her mind with Otis, it was annoying how it was like, he is evil, now he inst....but good over all

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

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    Eighth Grade Bites

    i love this book! it's amazing! after i read this i NEEDED to read Ninth Grade Slays! I HAD TO! i cant wait till Tenth Grade Bleeds! i think it comes out in July...:]

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    I cant put it down!

    Im in 6th grade and it was awesome! If you're my age, its hard to understand some of the words. My sister said it was good but i thought it was amazing! It was suspenful, actiony, funny,and shocking!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

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    very slow for me but i am not a teenager so......

    i think this is a good book for teenagers. I think adults or young adults are gonna get bored with the first book however; i am enjoying the second book better and it is bringing out some of the teen in me like crushes and trying to make it through high school except this fella has to deal with being a vampire to with out anyone suspecting him. I like to read and try new things and i do not regret reading this book i really enjoy the characters, and i really enjoy reading a vampire book from a guys perspective and vlad is a good one to read about i do wish he would buck up and stop letting people pick on him and at first he is a chicken, no confidence, and no self esteem. i know this is just part of the story and i cant wait to see him turn into something more. hope you like my review . fyi: if you do not want your child or teenager to read about a vampire taking a womens life than you need to steer them away from this book, it was kinda brutal but then again so is life. all i am saying is it may not be appropriate for all teenagers. thanks again

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2010

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    Amazing !

    I bought this book at my school's bookfair. I saw the cover, read the first page and knew this was my type of book. I cant wait to finish this series. i already bought all the books. I would defenetely recomend this book to many of my friends. This book is awesome !

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2009

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    Better than Twilight

    I absolutely love this book.As soon as I started reading this book I didn't stop(I read it in about an hour).Eighth Grade Bites is possibly my favorite book of the year and in my opinion,it was better than Twilight.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

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    Spectacular!

    This book captivated me! I was completely enthralled. The story was fascinating and very well written. Excellent work!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2010

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    Vladimir tod eighth grade bits

    If you were a vampire what would you do? Would you terrorize your town or would you hide and act as normal as possible? Vladimir Tod is a teen boy in 8th grade. When Vladimir was a little boy his parents died in a house fire, and now he lives with his mom's best friend Nelly, Vladimir calls her aunt Nelly. He and his best friend Henry spend most of there time hanging out together. Henry, Aunt Nelly (Vladimir's guardian) and his uncle are the only ones that know he is a vampire. After a while things start to change for Vladimir Tod at the end of the year. If you think that year was bad for him wait for the following years.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

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    AWESOME!!!!!!!!

    When I read this book, I knew that I had found a series for me! The imaging the author uses makes you feel like you're in the story. Terriffic book for teens and young adults!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2010

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    Vlad Tod

    When i first saw this book i thought "oh great, another dumb vampire romance!" but then over the next few weeks i saw a lot of boys in my class reading it, so i gave it a try and found out its not romance, it's action, mystery, horror, and finding yourself. i HIGHLY recommend this whole series to anybody!!! Just a warning: once you start reading it, you won't be able to put it down!!!!! :D

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

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    Eighth Grade Bites is Awesome

    The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod is my new favorite series. I would not normally classify myself as a reader of vampire books; however, this series made me change my mind. Unlike Twilight which is more of a love story, this series is more about Vlad coming of age, dealing with the death of his parents, friendship, girls, school, bullies, vampire hunters and the knowledge that his new found uncle is also a vampire. Vlad struggles with the fact that he is a vampire and he refuses to "Feed" from the source, instead he drinks blood from donor bags. Not only do some vampire slayers want Vlad dead, but so do some "important and influential" vampires! This book is humorous yet suspenseful. I have given book talks to about 10 classes and afterwards the books have flown off the shelf. Students who have read Eighth Grade Bites usually want to get the next one, Ninth Grade Slays, before they are finished so they don't have to wait to see what happens next. This series is written at about a 6th grade reading level. I teach primarily reluctant readers who avoid reading, but this series has been really popular. I have waiting lists for the books! This series should be liked equally well by both boys and girls. So far the boys have read the series more, but that is because many of the girls are still working on the Twilight series. I liked this series so well that I want to re-read it before the 5th book comes out in September, 2010. My only complaint is WHY isn't Eighth Grade Bites available for download on the NOOK? The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th books can be downloaded on the Nook! Read on my friends!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Chronicals of Vladimi Tod

    Very action pack and mysterious with every page. So its one of my most favorite book on vampirs.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2009

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    This was the best book ever!

    Eighth Grade Bites


    Vladimir Todd Is a character is the book" Eighth Grade Bites" which is a series of books The chronicles of Vladimir Todd By Heather Brewer. Vlad's teacher comes up missing right before school starts which is very suspicious because none of his stuff is gone he just disappears. When Vlad's new substitute teacher Mr. Craig comes to school some new troubles seem to start happening in Vlad's life. Vlad has to do a report on a weird creature when he sticks his hand in the bag to pull out his creature it was werewolf but then it magically changed to vampire, which was going to be hard since Vlad is a vampire! Vlad wrote about himself being funny with the whole situation to keep his cover safe. Until he finds out that he is being hunted by a vampire killer.
    I would most defiantly recommend this book to anyone who likes vampires! It is an awesome story. It is very adventurous and very suspenseful! This book is also full of drama. One thing that I really happen to like in this book is that it is a page turner. It is a page turner because you absolutely have to turn the page to find out what is going to happen next because from turning the page to the next page maybe a fight is over and maybe a new one is beginning you never know but you have to keep going to find out. This book was one of the most easiest books to concentrate on because it is exciting and so not boring so many different things that you just have to keep reading and reading and reading that you never want to stop reading it and you get sad when the book comes to an end! Everyone should read this book!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Best book i have read

    The book is so good that you will want to keep reading it mostly because i am like the author i dont belive in happy endings without blood

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    love it!

    Loving the book!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    I love the series

    This book……………IS AWSOME ALONG WITH THE OTHER BOOKS IM ON THE 4 right now and I ALEADY LIKE IT

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    AMAZING BOOK!!!

    I love this book so much. I fell in love with all the characters. This book is hilarious and extremely interesting. I read this book in less than four hours but its a pretty long book. I was addicted. I just wish she didnt have to end the series. I am very very very glad that i bought this book. The rest of the series is just as amazing, if not, better.

    MUST BUY IT!!! aand buy the rest of the series too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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