Sunday, September 9, 2012

Spooktacular Sunday review: This Totally Bites by Ruth Ames

Poison Apple Books: perfect for girls 8–12 who love thrilling ghost stories, spectacular supernatural tales, and spooky mysteries.

Book Description:
Twelve-year-old Emma-Rose Paley has always felt different from her bubbly, outgoing parents. Unlike them, Emma-Rose has pale skin and jet-black hair, is quiet and moody, and prefers gray weather to sunshine. She also hates the taste of garlic, has very sharp incisors, and loves rare burgers.
Emma-Rose thinks the only person who understands her is her best friend Gabby. But when Emma-Rose's Great Aunt Margo comes to visit from the Carpathian Mountains in Romania, Emma-Rose realzies that she and her aunt are very similar. And when her aunt shares a family secret with her, Emma-Rose has a sudden realization. Could Emma-Rose be a vampire?
Jenny's review:

Emma-Rose is so different from her parents. They like pastels and the sunlight and she loves black and cloudy days.  But when Emma-Rose meets her great-aunt Margo, she thinks she has finally found the family member that she can relate to.  While planning the Halloween dance Emma-Rose finally thinks she knows what is wrong with her. She thinks she is a vampire!  So on Halloween night she leaves the Halloween dance to go to the museum exhibit that her great-aunt Margo is helping with.  Will this be the night that Emma-Rose turns into the vampire she thinks she is?
This was a perfect book for fourth through sixth grade readers.  I thought the characters were really well developed and they show that everyone thinks they do not belong in their family some days. Emma-Rose is a likeable character and shows young readers that they may feel out of place but they really do belong somewhere and when dealing with vampires and scary nightmares about bats things are a little tricky!

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1 comment:

Rain Maiden said...

Sounds like a book my kidos would enjoy. Great review.