Author: Derek the Ghost
Published: September 1, 2015
Paperback, 246 pages
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Summary:After defeating the fearsome Ice Dragon, the students of Scary School were in full celebration mode with an awesome parade leading up to the Dance of Destiny. But when a bearodactyl snatches Charles Nukid and flies him to Monster Kingdom, his friends have to figure out a way to rescue him before he's served as lunch to one of the kingdom's horrifying creatures. Little do his friends know that he's actually been taken there to be crowned the next monster king after defeating King Zog in battle. But no sooner is he crowned than he is challenged by Turlock the Troll. While trying to avoid getting crushed by Turlock's crew, one of them breaks the Zombie Control Lever, which was keeping all the zombies of the world good and not ravenous for brains. Charles's friends arrive in the nick of time after barely surviving a zombie attack at Scary School. Reunited, they now have to find the one unicorn in existence whose magic is powerful enough to turn all the zombies back to good before every monster and human alike are turned into the mindless brain-eating dead.
Derek the Ghost is back with a brand new Scary School adventure. In the last book, Charles Nukid is kidnapped by a bearodactyl. But get this, instead of eating him, the bearodactyl flies him back to Monster Kingdom where he is crowned King of the Monsters. That's right, Charles is now king. However being a king has empowered Charles and the power goes to his head a bit. And Charles really needs his head since Scary School-- and the world-- is under attack from zombies. With the help of his friends, Charles has to find the only thing that can help--a unicorn's horn given freely. Easy, right?
Zombie's aren't really my thing. In fact, they creep me out more than any other supernatural creature. But because I love Scary School so much, I decided to brave it. Scary School already had Ramon the zombie, but he's like a cool zombie sports star, so he's not so threatening. But the zombies in this book are. You've been warned! But not so scary you'll have to sleep with the lights on. Unless you want to--that's totally your call.
I really enjoyed reading the last adventure of the Scary School kids. It's kind of bittersweet to say goodbye to this series after all this time. Derek the Ghost is a great narrator to this unusual but lovable bunch of kids and teachers. This last adventure really showed how much the kids have grown over the last four novels. If you're looking for a quirky, humorous series for your middle grade readers, then you should check out Scary School. Thanks Derek the Ghost for letting us into your world.