Thursday, January 5, 2012

Scary School - A New Series for Young Readers! {A Book Review}

Scary School is a brand new series meant to delight readers ages 8-12 (and honestly, anyone who appreciates a quirky, imaginative read). Narrated by 11 year old Derek the Ghost (who had the misfortune of dying at school when a science experiment went totally haywire), Scary School is more charm and humor than scary, and your tweens will love the storylines and characters.
About the Book:
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!

Plus
Gargoyles, goblins, and Frankenstein's monster on the loose
The world's most frighteningly delicious school lunch

And
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!
Review:

Scary School sure is a crazy place! Poor "New Kid" Charles has no idea what's coming to him on the morning he first steps in front of Scary School, only to be greeted by the crazy giant squid living in the moat surrounding the building. Author Derek Kent (also known as Derek the Ghost) creates a fully imaginative world where the most mundane details become twisted and spooky, luring readers in to see just what will happen next at Scary School.

This debut novel introduces us to all that Scary School is, with each chapter focusing on a specific character or scenerio within the Scary School walls. You'll meet characters like Sue, the amazing Octo-Chef, and find out what crazy consequences there are when one student mentions to Ms. Fangs that she only has one fang, and therefore should only be Ms. Fang.

Even as a 20 something who doesn't usually read about paranormal situations, this book kept me thoroughly entertained throughout. I was not expecting Scary School to be such a funny place. It certainly makes my own school experience sound boring!!

I think this book is perfect for boys and girls alike who love to let their imaginations take them to new places. The chapters are the perfect length, and the 3rd grade reading level makes this book easy to navigate whether a child is reading alone or with a parent. What really drew me to Scary School the most was the combination between 11 year old Derek the Ghost's narration and the cool illustrations by Scott M. Fischer, which can be found on nearly every page. Their work together on this novel really brings Scary School to life!

Scary School is currently available from in the following formats:
Hardcover
Kindle eBook
Nook Book

Can't get enough of Scary School? Head on over to the Scary School website, where you can tour the school, play games, and take Ms. Fang's quiz after you've read the book.

...and there is more Scary School to come!!
Scary School #2: Monsters on the March

is set to release on June 26th, 2012. You can pre-order it now on Amazon.com for just $10.87! (Click the title above for more information.)


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Scary School from Derek the Ghost, however the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own, and may differ from yours.

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