This book has been sitting on my shelf for a while. I adore the cover and I knew once I started reading it I would have a connection with it. Boy was I right. Amy McNamara does an amazing job developing characters that you can empathize with, get angry with and then even feel sorry for...it's almost like she is walking you through the stages of grief. Really this book is an encouragement about dealing with the monster of grief and how different people handle it. It is a beautiful and dark story. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!!
At the recommendation of one of our 7th graders, I finally read Eight Grade Bites by Heather Brewer. This is NOT your typical vampire book. Vladimir Tod lives with his aunt and since his aunt is a nurse he feeds from nearly expired "blood bags." She will make him a cup of tea - when really it's a cup of warmed up blood. GROSS! Other than the few bloody descriptions I really enjoyed the character of Vladimir Tod because he is melancholy...much like myself. His best friend helps him out and surprisingly his best friend is a human and not a vampire! This book starts a series that takes Vlad all the way through 12th grade. I am really glad that my student recommended this and brought me HER book from home so I could read it!
Ms. Smith, SBMS