Ninth Grade Slays (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Series #2)

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High school totally bites when you're half human, half vampire.

Freshman year sucks for Vlad Tod. Bullies still harass him. The photographer from the school newspaper is tailing him. And failing his studies could be deadly. A trip to Siberia gives "study abroad" a whole new meaning as Vlad connects with other vampires and advances his mind-control abilities, but will he return home with the skills to recognize a vampire slayer when he sees one? In this thrilling sequel to ...

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Overview

High school totally bites when you're half human, half vampire.

Freshman year sucks for Vlad Tod. Bullies still harass him. The photographer from the school newspaper is tailing him. And failing his studies could be deadly. A trip to Siberia gives "study abroad" a whole new meaning as Vlad connects with other vampires and advances his mind-control abilities, but will he return home with the skills to recognize a vampire slayer when he sees one? In this thrilling sequel to Eighth Grade Bites, Vlad must confront the secrets of the past and battle forces that once again threaten his life. Find out why author D.J. MacHale calls The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod "Gruesome, heartwarming, spellbinding."

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Editorial Reviews

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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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.
VOYA - Sherrie Williams
Vampire Vladimir Tod has made it to high school, but he has different challenges than most teens. Foremost there is the matter of his half-human and half-vampire parentage, but he also faces a determined and deadly vampire hunter and the unexpected return of old enemies. While traveling to Siberia to learn mind control from a vampire elder, Vlad discovers that many in the vampire community feel he is the fulfillment of a prophecy, called the Pravus. The Pravus, a vampire born of a human mother, is destined to rule the vampire world and enslave humans. Vlad fears what his future-and the fate of all humans-might hold if he is the Pravus. The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod continues the story of the series' titular teen vampire with enough exposition so that readers will not need to have read the previous book to enjoy this volume. Fans of the first book, however, will savor delving deeper into Vladimir's story. This second book in a projected series of five has a slightly darker tone as Vladimir faces uncertainty in his future and the possible fulfillment of a vampire prophecy. There is a simmering romance, deliciously gory touches, and puns and allusions to vampire lore that readers of the genre will enjoy. Reluctant readers will be drawn into Vladimir's world, and horror fans will enjoy his quest to grow in his vampire identity as he navigates the perils of high school. Reviewer: Sherrie Williams
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9

Vladimir Tod wants be popular like his friend Henry and cool and carefree like Henry's cousin Joss. He would so enjoy putting bullies Tom and Bill, who have been tormenting him for years, in their place. And, of course, he longs to tell Meredith about his feelings for her. All of this should really be a piece a cake for him. He is, after all, the only vampire "living" in Bathory, and he possesses extraordinary powers. Unfortunately, luck does not seem to run his way. What is working for him is the opportunity to go to Siberia with his Uncle Otis to be trained by Vikas, one of the oldest vampires around. Vikas sharpens Vlad's skills, especially in the area of mind control, and educates him on vampire history, language, and culture. Vlad also learns about the prophecy regarding the Pravus, a powerful vampire born from a human mother who will not only rule over all of vampirekind but also enslave the entire human race. Upon his return to Bathory, he is pursued by a vampire slayer and attacked by another one. Could Vlad, whom readers have come to love, possibly be this evil Pravus? Brewer does an excellent job keeping readers on their toes with an intense plot full of many twists and turns. Her writing style is original, witty, and on target. It has a different intensity than series like Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" (Little, Brown) or Richelle Mead's "Vampire Academy" (Penguin), but teens will eat up this installment and be ready to sink their teeth into the sequel.-Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY

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: 9780142413425
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/22/2009
  • Series: Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 141,237
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.38 (h) x 0.77 (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 January 27, 2010

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    The Hunting Being the Hunted

    Vladimir Tod is a great series that goes through the average teenage life that a normal ninth grader goes through. except for the trip to Siberia and his mind reading powers or the fact that hes half vampire living with his loving aunt. the drinking blood from the hospital's blood bank that his aunt is a nurse at probable isn't normal either. His life is put in danger when a vampire slayer stalks him and mr. otis is on the run. An excellent read for any YA.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2010

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    Ninth Grade Slays!!!!!

    Full of sarcasm, humor, action, mystery, and vampires, this book has something for everybody!!!

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2009

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    What to do

    When you live in a world where you kno wyou are diffrent from every one elsa what are you supposed to do???????

    You have a best friend who knows what you are
    You have a best friend whos cusin is coming to town who becomes one of your best friends to
    who asks out a girl that you cant breath when you are around her cause she is the one you say the world resolves around
    You find out she feels the same way
    WHAT DO YOU DO

    sticky situations happen in this book that you would have no clue what to do about
    Finding out your new best friend is a vampire slayer
    and
    that your uncle wants to be there with you and your gardian NELLY
    but cant
    Whos to know what to do about all that stuff happening in there life
    ?????????????????????

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

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    Vlad I love you!

    My heart breaks for all the loss that Vlad has experienced at such a young age. In Ninth Grade Slays Vlad starts his first year of high school. While four years have passed loosing his parents is still very present and time has not made it easier. Vlad blames himself for the death of his parents and as a result he carries so much guilt with him. So many times I wanted to reach out and hug him!

    Uncle Otis sends letters often, but hasn't visited since the last book. Vlad hopes that Otis will move to Bathory and have a relationship with his aunt Nelly. Otis makes it clear to him that his dating Nelly would be against vampire law and could not do it. In similar luck Vlad can't find the courage to tell Meredith how he feels.

    Henry, his best friend and drudge, is spending more time with the popular crew and is a little girl crazy. This creates a distance between the two and Vlad wishes Henry would make their friendship a priority. Henry's cousin Joss moves to town and he and Vlad become instant friends. Joss even saves Vlad from high school bullies.

    During winter break Otis comes to take Vlad on a trip to Russia so that he can learn more about his vampire skills. Otis doesn't mention that the man who will teach him also taught his father. Not being taught about the vampire ways Vlad doesn't feel comfortable using many of the vampire powers. While in Siberia they honor his father and Vlad grieves among vampirekind.

    With new and old enemies Vlad is finding his secret is harder to keep. I found Ninth Grade Slays to be a great book that both male and female readers will enjoy. I can't wait to read Tenth Grade Bleeds!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2010

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    liked it alot

    been about a month since i read it but i did like it and was alot better than the first one in the series, i like the new charecters onboard for this book. if you like twilight series, house of night, and our other vampire series i think you will like this one too maybe even more so cause it is a guys perspective and i think thats hot....

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Vlad rules!!

    Thought first book was a little slow. Can feel train ride picking up speed.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    I usually hate vampires but...

    I usualy hate vampire series,they're too romantic,and make me want to gag. Howeve vladimire's like your ordinary goth kid with secrets that makes you feel sympathetic. This book is carcastic, smart and has just enough action to make even the romntic scenes seem kinda cool. (I mean unless you like that whole edward ,bella thing...im sorry but id rather chew off my oun arm and recarnate it into a diseased cat)...just saying.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2010

    I never tire of "Can We Get that one?"

    My daughter loved the book and cannot wait for the following books to be available.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

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    Fun, easy book

    This book was easy to breeze through and kept my interest throughout. It wasn't too hard to figure out. It was fun and perfect for that quick fun read before you start that other 500 page book that will take a while.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

    Good quick impulsive read

    Ninth grade slays is a total step up from an already good start with Eight grade bleed. I mean I did find the slayer mystery a little obvious but the character development I love it. On Eight grade bleed I commented that Vlad gave off a potential bad ass vibe It is still their and very much alive I think he still seriously holding back but its their and bubbling. On a negative note these boys are the most in touch with their emotion than any male character I've ever read or met but I love it, love love love it. Vlad has such a heart and I don't think its just cuz his mom was human. I think the characters really drive this story for me at least. I like the addition of Vikas I don't know if I trust his bright shinny version of Elysia but maybe only stokerton Elysia is bad news.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Book review This book is about a boy named Vladimir Tod who has

    Book review
    This book is about a boy named Vladimir Tod who has just started ninth grade. Vlad is half-human and half-vampire, secretly. Only a few people know about his secret him, his uncle, his aunt Nelly and his best friend Henry. Vlad has many things to deal with; bullies, a newspaper photographer, a vampire slayer and even his past. Vlad has an uncle named Otis who is a vampire and his uncle takes him to Siberia. He goes there to work on his vampire skills like telepathy and mind-control. Vlad’s life is in danger and he discovers many things that could eventually hurt him.
    Is it any good?
    This book in my opinion was really fascinating and I loved it. I'm actually going to read the whole series! In the middle I think there could have been a little more action but when I got to the end it was definitely worth the wait. I was astonished and it was such a turning point for me. This book is filled with a thrilling adventure and I really fell in love the character Vlad. I recommend this book for Young Adults.


    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Lol

    I loved it omh

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Best one

    Im in 6th grade and i am currently reading 11th grade burns. I think this is the best one in the series so far. It is awsome! Vlad is my fave vampire!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Ninth grade slays

    XD awsome!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2010

    kbook

    its amazing

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

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    Great Sequel

    This was a really great sequel to the first book. I enjoyed reading about Vlad's continued adventures.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    cool book

    i am in 6th grade and have read 2 of the books. If you like vampires it's a great book, but nothing like those twilight books. Mostly a boys book it's cool to read not boring, some gross stuff. Get it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2009

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    Chrpnicals of Vladimir Tod: Ninth Grade Slays!!

    The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer is a fantasy. I thought this book was great. I liked it because it's the types of books I enjoy which are about vampires. The book is set in modern time and in a vampire training camp in Siberia.
    Vlad Tod, a 14 year old boy, who is also half vampire, must go to a training camp for vampires. He needs to learn many new skills that will equip him when he becomes older. Vlad deals with going away to training his vampire skills. He has to learn skills that he doesn't know and has to go up against some of the greatest vampires. He has to learn them fast because there's a battle brewing at home with the slayer that's been stalking him.
    Heather Brewers style is more of a darker writing, but it does have humor in it. The Story is told from Vlad's view. People who like a good vampire fantasy would like this book. It's more modern because its set in present day.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2009

    Woooooooooooooooooow!

    I my Gosh! This is the greatest book I ever read! It is so better then twilight! My friend told me about it and let me use her book and I couldn't stop reading. Vlad is a person who relates to me without a question about it, but of course i am not a vampire. This book contains a romance that touched me so much that I couldn't stop screaming! It is also very very funny! You are missing out on a great book!READ IT NOW!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

    Crystal coldstone

    This book has my approval. Not bad. Amazing dialog.

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