|Middle school bites (Middle school bites)|
Author: Banks, Steven
Eleven-year-old Tom Marks has big plans for middle school, but the day before classes begin he is bitten by a vampire, a werewolf, and a zombie.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.00
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 510430
Kirkus Reviews (10/15/19)
School Library Journal (12/01/19)
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Booklist - 12/01/2019 Middle school arrives and Tom has plans—for everything from getting a girlfriend to staying invisible. But they all go out the window when he’s bitten by a bat and a strange dog and then scratched by a decayed sideshow exhibit on the last day of summer vacation. Suddenly he’s got a supersensitive nose, superstrength, pointy ears, an aversion to sunlight, and a thirst for blood—yes, he’s turning into a “Vam-Wolf-Zom.” Subverting expectations in this set-up volume, about the only character who responds predictably to his eventual full-moon transformation is his drama-queen older sister; while she barricades herself in her bedroom with garlic, crosses, and a plastic stake, his parents just give him a pass on the family’s vegetarian diet, his school principal delivers a speech about inclusivity, and his friends and odd locker mate Abel (pretty certainly more than he seems) take it in stride. Fearing adds images of pop-eyed cartoon monsters and middle-schoolers to almost every spread, capped by a startling twist at the close to set up further misadventures. A fang-tastic kickoff. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 12/01/2019 Gr 4–7—When 11-year-old Tom Marks is bitten by a bat, a wolf, and a zombie, his plans to survive middle school by flying under the radar are dashed. On his first day of school, the sun feels burning hot, he finds himself howling in chorus, and he has a strange craving for blood. Tom realizes that being a vam-wolf-zom has some advantages, but will superhuman strength, hearing, eyesight, and speed save him from notorious bully Tanner Gantt? And how will he fit in at school once his monstrous secret is revealed? This new novel by the head writer of SpongeBob SquarePants combines typical middle school angst with a hilariously over-the-top monster movie premise. Likable, funny Tom dreams up far-fetched visions of the future. Black-and-white cartoon drawings by Fearing ramp up the humor. The cliffhanger ending ensures that there will almost certainly be a sequel. VERDICT With its enjoyable characters and wacky concept, this novel is sure to have wide appeal.—Ashley Larsen, Pacifica Libraries, CA - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.