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Eighth Grade Bites

(The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  33,230 ratings  ·  2,705 reviews
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 b ...more
Hardcover, 182 pages
Published August 16th 2007 by Dutton Children's Books (first published August 2007)
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Mar 30, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sure Heather Brewer thought she was pretty damn clever when she named her main vampire character Vladimir (as in "The Impaler"); or when she named another (pretty much non-existent) character Edgar Poe; or when she named the big, scary, dressed-all-in-black, bad guy D'Ablo. And then, of course, she just had to throw in that the street that the vampire family lived on was Lugosi Trail (the only street name, or spacial reference in the whole book).
The plot and build of the story was rather th
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, paranormal, reviewed
This has got to be the best out of the whole series, I remember buying and reading these at the start of year 8, I loved them then, sped through all the books and bought and read the last one the day it came out. I recently read them and I was a little disappointed. I thought they were amazing in my mind, not so much in real life.

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But in saying that, I still found them slightly entertaining, and after re-reading them all. I again concluded that the first one was the best. This is why
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Vladimir Tod is no ordinary 8th grader. Like most 8th graders, he is trying to negotiate the trials and tribulations of middle school, including a pair of bullies, an unrequited crush, teachers and homework, and oh yeah, the fact that he is a vampire. On top of all this, his English teacher is missing and they get a bizarre new substitute. His mother was human and his father was a vampire but they died in a tragic and mysterious fire when Vlad was 10, therefore he has little guidance to help him ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
“Whoever had decided that school should start so early in the morning and last all day long needed to be hunted down and forced to watch hours of educational television without the aid of caffeine.”

I met this author at a movie convention and bought this book, had it signed, planned to read it soon…but then it sat on my shelves for years for some reason. That’s the story of my life with books.

The writing style is simple and humorous, which should be enjoyable for the middle school age. It was a l
Dec 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
A quick read, but a surprisingly good one, even for an adult. Typical of a kid's book, the plot is a bit simplistic, but it was a good story with believable characters. A lot of background had to be covered & it was well done. This is mostly Vlad figuring out what he is, which fits rather well with his age, too.

One of the more interesting points is the characterization of the various people. They're not as simple as in most books of this type & even the bad guys have redeeming qualities
Julie Suzanne
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
It's unfortunate that this enticing book cover and concept (an 8th grade vampire) were wasted in this way. I didn't think I'd make it through, and only did so out of sheer determination, but the ending turned out to be suspenseful and exciting, causing me to bump my 1 star to a two. The first 120 pages, however, were like having to read an 8th grade student's first draft of a "book".

Not only did the writing fail to engage, but it actually grossed me out. Imagine an 8th grade vampire who eats fr
Aug 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
I'm a complete sucker for vampire stories and "Eighth Grade Bites" did not disappoint me. The story is about a boy named Vladimir Tod an eighth grader with a deep dark secret -- he's a vampire. After his parents died mysteriously and tragically in a flash fire, Vlad was taken in by his "aunt" Nelly, his mother's best friend. As far as Vlad is concerned, he's the only vampire in the world, aside from his now deceased father.

We follow Vladimir through the mysterious disappearance of his English t
Jan 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Vladimir Tod doesn’t have much to look forward to in school. As a skinny pale boy in eighth grade, he is often subject to taunts and bullying. To make matters worse, the principal probably hates him and his crush probably likes his more popular best friend Henry. But puberty and teen angst aren’t all Vlad has to worry about; in fact, those are the lesser of his problems because Vlad is only half human—the other half is vampire. The disappearance of a well-liked teacher and the appearance of not ...more
Apr 22, 2009 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 8-10 year old boys absolutely desperate to read about vampires
Vladimir Tod is an eighth grade vampire born of a human mother. His parents died when he was ten, so he lives with his Aunt Nelly, a human who knows his secret. His best friend Henry also knows, but Vlad hides his bloodthirsty ways from the general public. It's bad enough that he gets picked on by two jerky guys in his grade and can barely work up the courage to say hi to the girl he's crushing on - just imagine if they also knew he was a vampire!

But when Vlad's favorite teacher goes missing, a
Wendy Darling
A fun, fast, and fluffy read with lots of humor. I liked Vlad's voice, but the story was a little simplistic for my taste. Hoping to see more plot development in future novels!
Briar's Reviews
Book Review

Book Title: Eighth Grade Bites (Vladimir Todd #1)
Book Author: Heather Brewer (now Zac Brewer)

This is a throwback review, since I read this book way back when I was in grade eight (which feels like a lifetime ago). At the time this was one of my favourite books, and it goes me into many more YA novels and into my current reading obsession. I even called one of my cats Meredith (many years later). This book was a great way to get me into reading, and I applaud Zac Brewer for all of his
I wanted so desperately to like this book - I work with books for a living and I'm always on the look out for good reads for younger teens, especially ones that appeal to boys. So after hearing so many good things about this series I decided to give this a shot. The premise and characters all sounded so fun and the book started out with a definite bang but sadly that's all it really has going for it.

I wish I could give this book two reviews - one for how I think it should be viewed in the eyes
 Lissa Smith Reads'~Bookaholics Bookshelf Reviews
5 Stars:
A classic tale of coming of age with a supernatural bite that even the guys will secretly love.

Among some of my favorites. Outstanding literary work. The characters are well developed, interesting. The liked characters are likable and the hated are unlikable. The writing is captivating enough to keep you interested until the end and leave you wanting more. It has a fairly original or uniquely well-developed plot. The pretense and romance were well balanced and done with properly distribu
Princess J. Antoinette
This was a pretty good read... I'm really getting to like poor Vladimir Tod...

Overall rating:
4*~Pretty Good Read
Mar 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: middle school boys
Several students recommended this book for me to read. The vampire genre has regained popularity, with Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga and now Heather Brewer's The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. Vlad is a middle schooler born to a vampire father and a human mother. He is not your typical vampire from legends, feasting on bags of blood his aunt gets from a hospital instead of killing humans to feed. At school, Vlad has trouble with his principal, teacher and bullies. It seems life couldn't get more ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Grandma Bev for

Thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod is being raised by "Aunt" Nelly, his mother's best friend. His human mother and vampire father were both killed in a fire, leaving their young vampire son an orphan. Life is not easy for Vlad...the school bullies harass him, the principal seems to have it in for him, and the girl he likes best and wants to ask to the dance seems to prefer his friend, Henry.

Aunt Nelly understands his problems and helps him to hide the fac
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
All I have to say is two things:
One: TCVT is better than Twilight! First, vampires dont flippin' "sparkle" in sunlight, mmkay? They burst into flames and end in a pile of ashes, never to return to the face of the earth ever again! (Lesson learned from D'Ablo in the...Third book. :P)
Two: I wishhhh the characters were REALLLLL~~ Wait, what am I talking about, in my world, I go out and kidnap my favorite characters from books and have them live with me! (so far my house is full of kidnapped presenc
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Lit Fest Magazine

I love me some vampire stories. I own every one of Charlaine Harris's rather mediocre Southern Vampire Mysteries series. In high school, I was in the Lestat crowd. I own most of the Buffy and Angel DVD collections. I even watched Daybreakers. Vampires are serious business in my house, and part of the charm of any new vampire series is how the vampires function in the new world. What is true, and what is laughable myth in this particular portrayal?

So then, there's EIGHTH GRADE BITES the first boo
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, fantasy
"If I concentrate, I can make my body float, and sometimes I can read people's thoughts. But for the most part, being a vampire bites."

Adorable. This was such a cute story...OMG. I read some not so kind reviews and I think people's expectations were too high. If you're looking for an earth shattering read...skip this. It's not going to rock your world.'s damn cute. It's exactly what I expected it to be. Vlad is adorable and super sweet...crushing on a girl, hanging with his BFF Henry (R
Jul 10, 2008 rated it liked it
As if eighth grade isn’t hard enough when your human, try being a vampire. As is the life story of Vladimir Todd. Vladimir Todd half human half vampire, orphaned nearly three years ago, only two humans now his is secret; his best friend Henry and his guardian, Nelly.

Vlad is disturbed by the disappearance of his teacher Mr. Craig, and something is defiantly a little strange about the new substitute teacher Mr. Otis. Vlad discovers more about he mysterious death of his parents, through his father’
Lauren Stoolfire
I really liked the sense of humor in this book and all of the references. It served as a good introduction to Vlad's world, as well, but at points I thought it got a little too predictable concerning Mr. Otis despite all the twists and turns. I was confused as to why the mark was given near the end regardless of the sense of community/family it offers because wasn't that what the father needed to get rid of if he didn't want to be found? Anyway, I look forward to more plot development and cultur ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Personally, I don't think this book is that great. The story plot is average and the writing isn't that good. I borrowed the book because the cover looked cool; however, the book disappointed me and the cover didn't really match the story. The story needs to be more clear...

I give this book a 2/5. I don't think I'll read the next book in the series.
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Amy Spector
Jan 06, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: rd-made-me-do-it
It's been a long time since I've read a real-life, paper and ink book but since this series has been sitting on my bookshelf for years it's about time I read them.
3.75 🌟 Fast, simple and fun read. Very easy read for young readers, especially those delving into the world of vampires for the first time.
Debora M | Nasreen
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 Patter ...more
Sophie Riggsby / allthingsequilateral
Two confessions: I love a good vampire story that doesn't take itself seriously. And I had to wrestle this book away from my 6th Grade son.

You see, my son's school requires him to read a book and complete a four page report on it every two weeks. Generally, I try to read his selections first. I'm one of "those mamas" who wants to make sure I know what my children are reading at all times. But I didn't pre-read Eight Grade Bites so there was a bit of a tug of war and many exclamations ending wit
Dec 21, 2009 rated it liked it
This review is by my brother, Gregory.

8th Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod) tells the story of...well...8th Grader Vladimir Tod. He has his typical junior high problems; getting picked on by bullies, pining over cute popular girls, making sure he's gotten enough blood to eat for lunch, and turning in that English assignment.

Oh yeah! He's also a vampire. Well, half. His mother was human but his father was a vampire. He doesn't know the extent of his powers, he has a craving for blood a
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer is such fun. First book in the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, we see our hero through eighth grade. And middle school isn't easy on anybody. It's such an awkward year and everyone's unsure of themselves, no one more so that Vlad Tod. He has reason to be, as a he's half-vampire.

Vlad is such a great character, he's a very different vampire than I've read before. Uncomfortable with himself and unsure of where he belongs. No moodiness or angstiness. Instead I could
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Heather Brewer is the pseudonym of Zac Brewer…but you can call him Z.

Zac is the NYT bestselling author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, as well as The Slayer Chronicles series, Soulbound, The Cemetery Boys, The Blood Between Us, and more short stories than he can recall.

He grew up on a diet of Twilight Zone and books by Stephen King. He chased them down with every drop of horror he could

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The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod (5 books)
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“Whoever had decided that school should start so early in the morning and last all day long needed to be hunted down and forced to watch hours of educational televison without the aid of caffine.” 391 likes
“Because teachers, no matter how kind, no matter how friendly, are sadistic and evil to the core.” 332 likes
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