Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Scary School by Derek the Ghost

Scary School
by Derek the Ghost
Pages: 273
Format: ebook
Source: Author

Goodreads Synopsis:

You think your school's scary?
Get a load of these teachers:
"Ms. Fang," an 850-year-old vampire
"Dr. Dragonbreath," who just might eat you before recess
"Mr. Snakeskin"--science class is so much more fun when it's taught by someone who's half zombie
"Mrs. T"--break the rules and spend your detention with a hungry "Tyrannosaurus rex"
Gargoyles, goblins, and Frankenstein's monster on the loose
The world's most frighteningly delicious school lunch
The narrator's an eleven-year-old ghost
Join Charles "New Kid" Nukid as he makes some very Scary friends--including Petunia, Johnny, and Peter the Wolf--and figures out that Scary School can be just as funny as it is spooky

Short and Sweet:

A T-rex for a teacher? A principle with hands so large and strong they can crush your head? Ghoul games? Welcome to Scary School, where eating your students is completely normal. 
Scary School is a great mix of action and adventure and crazy monsters. I've never seen such a mixture of unique and well-known monsters. You have anything from your regular vampires and dragons to t-rexs and head-crushers. Add in some humans willing to take the risks and you have a great mix of characters. This book was fun and entertaining and the unique narration was perfect for the story. A former Scary School kid turned Ghost? He easily gets all the delicious scoop going on at school. And with each chapter focusing on a different character, you really get a feel for the wide range of characters at the school. 
  However, when it comes to MG, it seems to be a hit or miss for me. Some MG level books can be easily enjoyed by adults and children alike. I'm afraid this isn't one of them. I don't feel like this will really resonate with adult readers. However, I do believe that the targeted audience will thoroughly enjoy this! It really is a wonderful mix of monsters and unfortunate events that middle graders will enjoy and laugh at. 
  While I don't really think that many older readers will enjoy this book, there is no doubt in my mind that younger readers will thoroughly enjoy this book. Between the drawings, great mix of characters and the humor, this is a book that will be enjoyed by the targeted audience. 
And guess what? If you like this first book, be sure to check out Scary School #2: Monsters on the March which comes out today! 

All the best


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