Somehow this didn't get published back in January. Vlad is in eighth grade, he lives with a family friend, deals with bullies at school, and has a crush on a girl who might not realize he exists. Oh, did I mention that three years ago his parents died in a mysterious fire and he is half human, half vampire? That makes life a little more difficult, especially when a killer vampire comes looking for him. And you hated your middle school experience.