MG Review: Scary School

Title: Scary School
Author: Derek the Ghost
Author Info: Website / Twitter / Goodreads
Pub Date: June 21, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: ebook
Pages: 256
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

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
This is definitely a pick you up read, which I just so happen to need. I found myself laughing quite a bit through it, even though I suppose it has sinister overtone. Kids do die at Scary School but with each death comes a life lesson and a chance to reborn as something else. It's almost like a game to see what you can get reincarnated to. Well maybe the kids didn't see that way but I think I would have. I'm glad that we also find out what happened to Derek the Ghost, the narrator of the story.I really enjoyed the way that the chapters were laid out; they seemed to be like short stories that let you get to know each of the unique characters. Then it all came together at the end for the Ghoul Games.

I thought the flow of this book was perfect for its targeted age group. It’s definitely something that I would have my son or daughter read. The illustrations that went along with each of the chapters/characters were a really nice bonus. I found myself looking forward to stumbling across the next image of another teacher or student. I don’t think there was a character that I didn’t like, they all had something endearing about them. There were some funny characters that referenced some classics....Like Jason who wears a hockey mask because...well you just have to read it. Things like the gave me a little chuckle.

I found this book entertaining even as an adult and I'm sure it would be hilariously fun for a kid too. I think this series is easy to get addicted to.