A Taste for Red

A Taste for Red Review

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

Svetlana Grimm has recently discovered she’s a vampire. 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 can read others’ thoughts. But this new discovery is making her transition from home-schooling to attending sixth grade at Sunny Hill Middle School that much more difficult. After all, what can 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 neighbor, 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?

Title:A Taste for Red
Edition Language:English

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  • Rebecca McNutt

    This book seemed like it'd be original, but all it was, was another melodramatic and generic copycat of books like the Meet the Kreeps series, My Sister the Vampire, Oh My Goth or Emily the Strange. T...

  • Plethora

    I found this to be a fun and enjoyable read about a young lady that is just trying to figure out how come she now thinks of herself as a vampire. A great spooky book for October that won't scare a you...

  • Rachael

    Svetlana—not Stephanie!—Grimm thinks she’s a vampire. How else would you explain her preference for red-colored foods, her ability to read and influence other people’s thoughts, and why she li...

  • Kaethe Douglas

    It seems like I should have loved it, but I never did....

  • M.

    Svetlana Grimm seems to have become a vampire. And she’s moved from Texas to somewhere else, and she’s gone from being homeschooled to being a 6th grader at Sunny Hills Middle School. The kids on ...

  • Samantha

    Maine Student Book Award Nominee 2010-2011So, I'm sure I'm in the minority here, but I was not in love with this book. I listened to it on audio, and I didn't find myself enjoying it until disc 4...of...

  • Sally

    Stephanie opps, Svetlana picks up school in 6th grade. (She had previouly been homeschooled.) Things have become different for her; she has developed strong olfactory senses, will only eat food that i...

  • Morgan Williams

    Rachel and me read this together. It was fun....

  • Lyndsey Asgard

    I did like this book, the writing was well done, but it would have been a LOT for fun if the protagonist's main personality trait wasn't internalized misogyny. The main girl was one of those annoying ...

  • Serina

    It's not a terrible book, the mystery and action is okay enough, but as with a lot gothic young fiction it suffers from a certain pretentiousness. It's one of those books where we're expected to see t...