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Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Book 1) (edition 2008)

by Heather Brewer

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Title:Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Book 1)
Authors:Heather Brewer
Info:Speak (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 182 pages
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    sherrie87: For a teen vampire story from a boy's point of view, try "The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod". The first book is "Eight Grade Bites". This is one of my favorite young adult/teen vampire books, I recommend it very highly.
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My son hates to read. He picked this one up and read the entire series. He felt the character' situation in the first book was easily relatable and recommended it to me.
  gingersm | Jul 6, 2018 |
The first book of a series that you can really sink your teeth into ;) and read quickly. I'm looking forward to learning more about the first ever born vampire Vlad. ( )
  Tiffy_Reads | Mar 19, 2018 |
This was quite adorable, and I don't mean that in a condescending way. It was the story of a boy, who lost his parents and is trying to find his way in the world. On top of that he's trying to live the normal life of a teenage middle school kid. He's got a best friend, he's too scared to talk to the girl he likes, and he has bullies. Typical teenager, except Vlad is also a vampire.

With his teacher missing and a new, suspicious substitute in town, strange things are definitely afoot. Soon Vlad learns more about his parents, who he is, and his heritage than he ever thought possible.

This was a sweet and angsty coming of age story with the added bonus of vampires. I really enjoyed it and look forward to getting to the rest of the series. ( )
  Virago77 | Aug 2, 2017 |
Primo capitolo della nuovissima saga urban fantasy per giovanissimi (10/14 anni) dedicata all’affiscinante figura del “vampiro”, elemento fantasy ormai decisamente inflazionato e che sembra non aver più nulla da “raccontare” ai lettori. Heather Brewer, invece, riesce a fornirci un romanzo (-etto, visto che conta meno di 200 pagine) in grado di affascinare i giovani lettori grazie alla sua fresca ironia. Qualcosa di divertente e innovativo che potremmo affiancare, quasi, al lavoro di James Patterson con il suo “Daniel X”. Differenza essenziale fra i due romanzi? Vladimir Tod si regge perfettamente, come trama, e non traballa come un trepiedi zoppo. Non ci sono fastidiosi deus ex machina, punti morti o incongruenze; un romanzo senza troppe pretese ma che regala ai lettori tutto ciò che promette.

Il linguaggio è molto elementare, diretto e immediato, così come lo sono anche le scene d’azioni e le parti descrittive. Le vicende sono narrate in prima persona, il punto di vista di Vlad è decisamente ben reso e l’autrice è riuscita a riproporre un gergo giovanile che non risulta forzato (merito anche dei traduttori, possiamo supporre?) riuscendo a suscitare spesso il sorriso.

In quanto primo di una serie, come sempre, vengono lasciati in sospeso molti punti e i caratteri dei personaggi vengono approfonditi il minimo indispensabile, giusto quelle poche pennellate necessarie affinchè non diventino semplici marionette in mano all’autore.

Vladimir Tod è un vampiro, un vampiro orfano che sembra vivere con una donna, sua zia, che benchè umana risulta perfettamente a suo agio con le necessità del giovane adolescente dai canini accuminati. Leggiamo di bicchieri di sangue, dolcetti con le gocce di sangue, bistecche al sangue, barattolini di ketcup che in realtà contengono ben altro… Insomma la vita di un normalissimo ragazzino americano dalla dieta un po’ particolare.

Vlad crede di essere l’ultimo, se non l’unico, della sua specie e questo lo turba anche se, alla fine, il suo cruccio più grande sembra essere in realtà la ragazza che ama ma con la quale non riesce a parlare, i bulli della scuola, il suo migliore amico e la sconparsa dei suoi genitori; anche in questo molto “normale”.

Un giorno, però, il suo professore sparisce, il sostituto sembra essere inquietante e pericoloso e suo padre, dall’aldilà, sembra volergli far arrivare alcune informazioni sottoforma di diario, diario in cui passo dopo passo Vlad scoprirà del suo passato.

Ovviamente la figura del vampiro, soprattutto quella del giovane Vladimir, è ben lontana dall’invincibile macho senza macchia e senza paura che ormai imperversa le nostre librerie. Vlad è una ragazzino giovane, fragile ma forte e ben deciso a non arrendersi, grazie anche al suo cervello.

Un nuovo eroe, quindi, per i giovanissimi che non potranno non amarlo, per un lettore più adulto potrebbe risulta invece troppo semplice e un po’ scontato ma non dobbiamo mai dimenticare a “chi” è diretto il romanzo. Non sarà il nuovo “Harry Potter” ma sicuramente potremmo avvicinarlo alla figura di “Daniel X” (J. Patterson) e “Percy Jeckson” (R. Riordan). ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
i'm only going to do a review on this first book, i liked the series, and surprisingly i enjoyed reading a whole book from a guys POV but it got weird in places and whenever i..."lose my place" in a book i instantly feel thrown off balance, its like when I read it i got to some places where it seemed like a part of the story had been left out and i had to hurriedly fill in holes for what should have happened to give me the info i need... BUT i liked the storyline as a whole, probably won't read it over and over again like i do some books though haha ( )
  KendraFitz | Feb 27, 2017 |
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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 faces a much bigger problem: he’s being hunted by a vampire killer.
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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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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.… (more)

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