Title: Eighth Grade Bites
Series: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod #1
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Author: Heather Brewer
Age Range: 14-17
Lexile: [?] 780L
AR Level: [?] 5.4
Formats: book
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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.


Not a lot of content to worry about for this age-group, but because the main character is 13, it will primarily appeal to kids 13 and under. While this book is mild on content (and likely okay down to age 11 or 12), it is a bit of a ‘gateway substance’ for a genre that can go quite dark.  Likeable teen boy characters.


Level 1 [?]

Sexual Content

A grownup is described as a ‘curvaceous redhead’.




A teacher and a woman are killed by a vampire (no real details). Some detail about blood coating the lips and teech of a vampire who has killed a human.


Vlad’s parents are presumed dead. His sadness about their loss is referred to several times.


‘I’m a creature of the night, for God’s sake…’

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Book Review: Eighth Grade Bites, 2.5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings

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