Review: Scary School by Derek The Ghost

Title: Scary School (Scary School #1)
Author: Derek The Ghost
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Publication Date: June 21, 2011
Hardcover, 237 pages
ISBN: 978-0-06-096092-5
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Paranormal
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.

My thoughts:
Scary School by Derek The Ghost is a wonderfully spooktacular book about middle grade students who attend an unusual school run by the things that go bump in the night. Not all the students are human themselves, some are very extraordinary. The school is run by Principal Headcrusher whose dream is to unite regular students with scary students. Derek The Ghost is the tour guide or narrator for this novel. He gives an up close and personal tour of not only the grounds at scary school but also the student body and faculty. Through this tour Derek gives the inside scoop and behind the scenes information that you'll need to know to survive Scary School. 
Scary School is an attention grabber right from the beginning. The author mixes humor, wit and a lot of imagination to make this book a great read. This book has every kind of supernatural creature you can think of and even some you can't. Scott Fischer's illustrations really help bring the characters to life. Scary School will appeal to both girls and boys alike as well as kids of all ages. This book is highly entertaining. Another think that impressed me is the interactive website that goes along with this book. It has quizzes, take a tour of Scary School, games and even the theme song to Scary School. 
I asked my children to read this book with me because it's a book geared towards ages 8-12 and my children fall right into that age group. My kids have different interests so I was so thrilled that it appealed to both of them. They had a lot of fun reading this book. They really liked the teachers as well as the students. My son really liked Dr. Dragonbreath and his rules. My daughter likes Petunia and Lindsey. They both thought it was a funny book and had a great time reading it. I asked if they would like to continue reading the series and they both enthusiastically responded with a yes. The second book, Scary School #2: Monsters on the March is scheduled to come out in June 2012. 
My rating:
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*I received this book from the author in exchange for a review. This in no way influenced my opinion.


  1. I'm glad to see you and your kids enjoyed this one! It is in my review pile and looking forward to reading it even more now. Thanks for posting! :D


    1. I hope you enjoy the book as well. It's a fun read.

  2. I read this for review as well and I don't even have any children. lol I really enjoyed the book, I thought it was extremely funny.

    1. I agree. The humor in this book appeals to adults as well as kids.

  3. Thanks so much, Marcie! I just posted it up on the Scary School facebook page! - Derek the Ghost


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