Kid Konnection: This Totally Bites!
Twelve year old Emma-Rose has always felt just a little bit different. She has pale skin and dark hair, hates sunshine and garlic and her own dog is scared of her. She has a recurring nightmare that hundreds of bats with glowing red eyes are staring at her in the dark. When Emma-Rose’s great-aunt Margo comes to visit and Emma-Rose is assigned a genealogy project at school, she becomes convinced that both she and her great-aunt are vampires.
This Totally Bites! by Ruth Ames is part of the Poison Apple series published by Scholastic, and I found it to be a delightful middle grade reader. If you know a middle grade reader who is anxious to try paranormal books, this book would make a fantastic introduction. For the most part, Emma-Rose is a pretty typical middle schooler – she’s worried about friends, boys and fitting in. When all the evidence points to her being a vampire, she’s understandably upset, because that’s definitely not the way to fit in in middle school!
I think young readers will relate to Emma-Rose’s friendships and her fight with her best friend. Many will also relate to her lack of confidence. Emma-Rose figures a few things out and gains some assurance and hopefully readers will too. This Totally Bites! is a fun story that middle graders, particularly girls, will enjoy.
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