- Age Range: 6 - 8 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 3
- Lexile Measure: 460L (What's this?)
- Series: Eerie Elementary (Book 1)
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (June 24, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545623928
- ISBN-13: 978-0545623926
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 144 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The School is Alive!: A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #1) Paperback – June 24, 2014
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"Plenty of drawings assist readers with plot development." -SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"A nice stepping stone to more advanced chapter books." -BOOKLIST
"We are absolutely desperate for these books. Thank you for recognizing and addressing [this] monumental gap in the market." -Andrew Medlar, Youth Materials Specialist, Chicago Public Library
About the Author
Sam Ricks is the illustrator of the Eerie Elementary early chapter book series. He is also the lead graphic design faculty at The Art Institute of Salt Lake City. He lives in Utah with his family.
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Our 7 year old grandson couldn't put it down, which is saying a lot, because he normally has only two speeds 150mph or totally asleep, but these books keep him in one place and totally focused.
A friend of mine has a 5th grade student with dyslexia, and this book is the first that she's really read and discovered just how much fun reading can be!
Sam Graves and his two friends, Lucy & Antonio, are students at Eerie Elementary School, where Sam discovers the school is trying to eat the students. As Hall Monitor, it’s up to Sam to fight the school and save the students. In this installment, during the class play, the stage and props come to life and try to swallow the students.
I read this book to my 5-year-old son, who thoroughly enjoyed Sam’s exciting adventure and looking at the pictures as I read. Though this is marketed as a book for newly independent young readers, I saw more than a few large words that might be too advanced for a newly independent reader. However, there may be enough repetition to help in comprehension. As a book read out loud to a pre-schooler, it was perfect. The chapters are numbered with digits, which made my son happy that he could “read” which chapter we were about to start. The print is large enough to point out sight words for him too. He’s excited to read the rest of the books in the Eerie Elementary series.
I’d recommend this book for parents who like to read to their pre-schoolers/kindergardeners/1st graders, and to 2nd-3rd graders who read independently, especially for kids who like adventure and won’t be scared by a dark tale with a student-eating villain.
Reviewed by CM McCoy for Just North of Normal Book Blog
Boys are a bit more difficult to get engaged into a book. The Branch series does such a good job finding content a little boy wants to read.
The Eerie Elementary series looks to be a favorite for him.