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“For fans of the Wayside and Bailey School series, the Zack Files, [and] Ghostville Elementary.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“[T]his is a laugh-out-loud offering that should find a broad and appreciative audienceamong boys and girls alike.” (Booklist)

About the Author

Derek the Ghost is an eleven-year-old ghost who haunts the classrooms and hallways of Scary School writing down all the spine-tingling, often hilarious things that go on there. He is the author of Scary School and Scary School #2: Monsters on the March. Despite his ghostly state, Derek still enjoys reading comic books and hopes to one day become a master ninja. If that doesn't work out, he will continue to share the fun of this very special, very secret school, so all kids can experience the scariest school on earth.



Scott M. Fischer has illustrated many books, including the New York Times bestselling Peter Pan in Scarlet, Jump!, Animals Anonymous, and the Secrets of Dripping Fang series. Scott graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, daughter, dog, cat, goldfish, and a cockatoo named Fred.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Scary School (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061960926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061960925
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,845,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Uniquely Moi Books on April 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I must say that when I first heard of Scary School, I assumed it would be a very interesting and really cool place to go. It is bad to assume. This is where you send your children if they are so terribly horrible that you are bald from pulling out your hair. Don't be surprised if they never make it back home. I can't even begin to fathom what goes down on the school bus.
Derek the Ghost is the tour guide throughout your journey inside of Scary School. To answer the question, yes he died at the school. That's how bad it can be. With characters so bizarre and imaginative, you'll be entertained the whole way through. I couldn't help but be creeped out by Mr. Spider Eyes. In the end, he gets to be a treat himself! Then we have Nurse Hairymoles. I'm not so sure it's a good thing to go to the nurse when she treats your ailments and gives you another issue entirely in return. Job security! I mustn't forget to mention the principal. I think her name tells enough about her. Principal Headcrusher. Enough said right?! You'll be flying through the pages, and the halls of Scary School, meeting many unusual creatures. A most entertaining read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By piratebob3 on June 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What a fun book- Derek the Ghost uses a fun story with awesome characters to give a great moral and very entertaining read! This series is a treasure in the making!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peet on July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely hilarious, original, and full of important lessons for kids; this is a fantastic read. Spooky-but-not-intimidating monsters lead you through funny tales that keep readers engaged while learning valuable morals (treating people well even if they're different than you, etc). I'm thinking of convincing my wife to have more children just so they can read this.

I can't wait for the sequels!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angela - Health Conscious Mom on July 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We loved this book - it is hilarious and completely appropriate for elementary and middle school aged kids. I even loved it as an adult. It's not "scary" but super funny. There are creepy events and most of the teachers eat students, but it's all told in a humorous way. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with kids (but especially anyone with boys).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alberto daniel castro on October 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a vampire or a dragon for a teacher? Or a hungry T. Rex for a detention monitor? Or maybe a principal who held the Ghoul Games and had the students get eaten by monster if they didn't win? OR your fellow classmates were werewolves and ghouls?
Well, Charles Nukid is about to find out.
Derek the Ghost's Scary School is a hilarious scholastic twist. It's a fun light read for all ages that will definitely make you smile throughout the day. The book is a stack of separate stories from different characters all told by the same narrator, Derek the Ghost. He's probably the most amusing narrator I've ever encountered. His tone is indifferent, but not in an entirely callous way. Derek has a very unique voice where he can talk about death and gore in an easy manner. By the way he talks about it, you wouldn't even notice how scary the school really is.
The stories themselves were easy to get through and superbly funny. I couldn't help but smile as I read on.
And it's a perfect fit for all ages!
I had my brother, who's in fourth grade, give it a try. Here's how things went:
Me: Hey bro! Want to give Scary School a try? It's really good.
Bro: Nope.
Me: Oh come on, you love monsters!
Bro: But I hate books.
Me: *In a sing-song voice* It's got awesome pictures in it!
Bro: *Looks doubtful for a moment*
I show him the cool illustrations in it.
Bro: Okay. But I'm only reading the first chapter.
An hour later...
Me: Bro! It's dinner time!
Bro: *Groans* Oh come on! I just got to the best part!
I peek into his room and find him absorbed into the book. He absolutely loved it! The next day, he was begging the librarians to get him the second one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chandra Haun on June 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Scary School is a variety of tales all told from the perspective Derek the Ghost. There is a cast of main characters including Charles Nukid, who just happens to be the "New Kid." Scary School is a special school where both human children and monster children go to school together. The teachers themselves are scary monsters, like Mr. Dragonbreath who is a dragon, and Ms. Fang the Vampire.

In Scary School, the principal is a human with giant hands, and just happens to be called Principal Headcrusher, and she likes to crush heads. She applied to have Scary School host the Ghoul Games this year. The students of the hosting school get to choose the activities that they will compete against the other monster schools. If they lose, the winning team eats them. While this may sound like a terrible book for a child to read, it is actually funny and not scary at all.

Scary School is not the typical book I usually read, because it is for a middle grade audience. I am glad I was asked to review this book, because I truly enjoyed it. I have to say I thought the book was splendidly hilarious. I really enjoyed it, and I know that I would enjoy reading this book with my children when they are a bit older. I think it would also be a great book to get kids interested in reading. The story changed often, which made it seem like a faster read, and I think it would help hold a child's attention.

I have to say it was a great book to get me out of my routine, and I could not help but laugh aloud while reading Scary School. Derek the Ghost is the perfect narrator, not just for his sense of humor. As a former student, who haunts Scary School, he knows all the secrets. I would recommend this book to children who are starting to show an interest in Middle Grade reading material, or parents who want to share a good laugh with their children.

**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review**
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