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Scary School Hardcover – June 21, 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Scary School Series

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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
  • Lexile Measure: 960 (What's this?)
  • 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 (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,026,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the last several months, I've been on an exhaustive search for age-appropriate books to read to my seven-year-old son. I love to read aloud to him, but so many of the books that are age-appropriate bore me to tears and don't really keep his attention as well as they should. As a result, I've done an exhaustive search of Google, the library and the big book stores to find something that would capture his imagination...and maybe a little of my own imagination, too.

Scary School by Derek the Ghost looked promising. It received a full 5-star review from Amazon readers, 4.5 stars from Barnes and Noble readers, and the overwhelming consensus of adult readers was that it was laugh-out-loud funny to both kids and adults. If the reviews weren't exaggerated, this was exactly the book I needed!

Written as a series of short stories and anecdotes surrounding the daily happenings at a school run by monsters, Scary School is better than laugh-out-loud funny. It's creative and witty, and downright bizarre at times.

What could be more fun than a book narrated by the ghost of a kid who met his demise during a school science experiment gone wrong? Well, you might start with the new kid at school named Charles Nukid. When his classmates greet him as "Hey New Kid!" on his first day of school, he's thrilled that they already know his name.

Not funny enough for you? How about a T-Rex in a blue dress who is responsible for detention? Every day at lunch time she lets out a loud "roar" and if you don't run to your own lunch quickly enough, she might just choose you for her next meal!

Still not enough? How about a one-fanged vampire-teacher named Ms. Fang? Or a school principal with the last name of Headcrusher? Perhaps the hallway monitor, Mr.
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I am not normally a big fan of monsters or scary stories. They just don't appeal to me much. But I have to say I quite enjoyed the humor in Scary School. As a teacher there are times when I just want to pull all my hair out. Being able to do as Ms. Fang does (suck out a student's blood) or Mr. Dragonbreath (eat students who don't follow the rules) would be an interesting, if gross way to handle class management. Note: none of the students die permanently. I liked the way desert was served in the lunchroom with students having to catch their desert before they could eat it.

I also appreciated the organization of the book. Each chapter is its own story but there is an overarching theme holding the book together, the school year and the Ghoul Games (similar to the Olympics only for monster schools). This makes the book work well as a read-a-loud with natural stopping points. And I have to say, the illustrations made me giggle, they fit the story to a tee. My favorite is the picture of Principal Headcrusher with her huge hands and Franz Dietrich Wolfbark, the man in charge of the Ghoul Games, looks exactly like a villain which he is. Wolfbark plots to close down Scary School by having the winners of the Ghoul Games, eat the losers, providing a plot unlike any I've read before.

I read the first chapter of the book to a class of fifth graders and they enjoyed it. Although I think some students weren't quite sure what to make of it, they did listen quietly, which is always a miracle with a class of 34 students. Overall, I'd say this book provides a light, humorous, and entertaining read that is perfect for reluctant readers.
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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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We had the pleasure of meeting this author at a book festival for kids in Orange County, CA. My son had never heard of these books before but decided to try. My son was so thrilled that the author wrote a personal note in his book to him!! He'd never had anything like that before. My son LOVED this book. He couldn't put it down. He's asking for #2. :) Highly recommend this book and an awesome author!!

Derek the Ghost... please write more :)
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My 7 year old son has never read a chapter book before this one and thanks to the author, he couldn't put it down and is looking forward to reading the rest of the collection. I really appreciate your writing ability and capturing my sons attention because he talks about creatures with several eyes and all sorts of things that make him laugh. Jori Nunes
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