Eighth Grade Bites
By Heather Brewer
Dutton’s Children’s Books, 2007. 182 pgs. Young Adult
Vladimir Tod is a typical eighth grader—he’s shy, likes video games, and gets picked on by bullies. But he also has a secret, one that is much deeper than a typical eighth grade crush. Vladimir is half vampire. Only his best friend (who Vladimir accidently bit as a child) and the woman who has raised Vladimir since his parents’ death know his secret—until Vladimir’s teacher goes missing. The new substitute teacher seems to know exactly who Vladimir is, and soon he worries his life may be in danger.
This isn’t your typical vampire book that makes the character out to be good-looking and popular. Instead, it covers a true teenage crisis: figuring out how you fit in the world. Filled with humor, this book is a quick read for any reluctant reader.