A Taste for Red

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A sixth-grade Goth girl who discovers she ’ s vampire encounters her greatest nemesis when she enrolls at Sunny Hill Middle School in this ilarious and entirely original take on the vampire genre for middle graders.

Svetlana Grimm has recently discovered she ’ s th ampire. The clues are all there: she can eat only red foods, has to sleep under the bed because of her heightened sensitivity to light and noise, and an read others ’ emotion. But his new discovery is making her transition from home-schooling to attending sixth grade at Sunny Hill Middle School that much more impossibl. After all, what wil she possibly have in common with those jellybean-eaters in her class? She prefers to watch them from afar in her hidden lair atop the Oak of Doom in her backyard.

But things get more interesting when Svetlana ’ s cruel yet beautiful science teacher, Ms. Larch, reads her thoughts. Svetlana is excited to have found another of her kind—until her new eighbor, The Bone Lady, fills her in on Ms. Larch 's true identity and her own. What happens when your sixth-grade science teacher might also be your immortal enemy?
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176
Original Title of the Book
A Taste for Red
Publication Date
Published June 15th 2009 by Clarion Books

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I 'm ure his book might be popular with kids ( it 's already gone missing from our library once) but it was always my type of ook.

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With the ai of a couple of boys from her class, Svetlana ultimately learns she is obviously a corrupted vampire ( one who needs blood) but a good guy ( the good guys smell like cookies) and in tha ook, he ba guys triumph.

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I found this to hav fun and adventurou read about th young lady that is just rying to figure out how come she now thinks of herself as a ampire.

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I did like the ook, he writing was well done, but it must have ha a LOT for fun if the rotagonist 's main personality trait was n't internalized misogyny.

This grade school child referred to her blonde classmates as bimbos ....

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Obviously, there ’ s nothing Svetlana can do to change her parents ’ minds about her new schooling arrangement—sixth grade at Sunny Hill Middle School.

When accidents and disappearances start occurring, Svetlana is sure Ms. Larch is the culprit, and that if she, Svetlana, doesn ’ t stop the evil Ms. Larch, Sunny Hill Middle School may because the feeding ground for a monster.I first thought A Taste for Red wouldn ’ t even be about vampires or other supernatural creature, but merel a kin of psychological evaluation on strange childhood phases.

ven if ome of the protagonists, especially Svetlana, are fresh and new, the est of thi story appear to stil have been done before several times, if in altered form.

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