Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Review: Just Bite by Tommy Donbavand
Publisher: Badger Learning
Released: September, 2014
Sally Hagen dresses in black, buys expensive purple candles and hates the fact that her Mum orders greasy, takeaway meals from the Just Bite website night after night. When Carlos – the geek with a crush on her from school – delivers the latest dial-a-dinner, Sally figures the evening can’t get any worse. That is, until the lights go out and a scream pierces the night…
Just Bite is another excellent Badger Learning title by Tommy Donbavand, perfectly suited for teenagers who struggle to read. It's a great little 64-page vampire story that made me wish it was a full-length novel, as is usually the case with these very well-written short stories.
Without giving too much away, Just Bite is about teenager Sally who loves to wear black and skulk about like a typical mopey teen. All is well until one night when, suddenly, all the lights go out and her neighbour's screams can be heard outside... uh-oh!
Even though this book is short, it's a really good read and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. There's vampires, gore, thrills, chills and a genuinely good idea for a story about the undead. Reluctant readers will find lots to like here, especially the inviting, blood-soaked cover - if that doesn't make someone want to read it, I don't know what will!
I think Just Bite is my new favourite book from Badger Learning, and it's definitely Tommy Donbavand's best to date. Secondary schools should have these books proudly displayed on their shelves for everyone to see and read - I'm sure they could entice even the most uninterested reader to pick up a copy and get lost in its pages. It should be an educational law that these books are readily available to teenagers everywhere!