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Caller ID
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On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
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Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Teen Said, Mom Said: Double Review of, Scary School, by Derek the Ghost and Scott M. Fischer

Product Details:

  • Title: Scary School
  • Author: Derek The Ghost, Illustrator: Scott Fischer
  • Reading level: Ages 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (June 21, 2011)
  • Genre: Middle Grade
  • ISBN-10: 0061960926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061960925

Book Description:

June 21, 2011 8 and up3 and upScary School
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—human anatomy 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!
Plus Gargoyles, goblins, and Frankenstein's monster on the loose
The world's most frighteningly delicious school lunch
And 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!


Whenever my 14 year old daughter and I do a review together, it will be under the title of: "Teen Said, Mom Said". She is an avid reader like her Mom, and we often fight over who gets to read new books first. I hope that you will enjoy reading our combined reviews.

Teen Said:

  Have you ever heard a bump in the middle of the night?  Or see a shadow but no one is there to cast it? Well this book tells you why you don't need to be afraid of them. Scary School is one of the cutest books I have ever read, not to mention one of the funniest. I mean seriously, have you ever heard of a paragraph made of quotation marks? Derek the ghost is writing about what goes on this year at Scary School, (the school he used to go to before a fatal science project) because this year, Scary School is hosting The Ghoul Games. The Ghoul Games are an annual competition between scary schools around the world, and this year, the comity chose Scary School to host it. But this year there's a fateful twist that will finally bring humans and monsters together. And along the way, you will meet the most memorable teachers. Ms. Fang, the one fanged vampire. Dr. Dragonbreath, the child eating dragon. Mrs. T, the detention dinosaur. And Principal Headcrusher, the huge handed human. All of these,and a whole lot more,are waiting for you in this awesome book, Scary School.

Mom Said:

The Middle Grade Genre is one that is constantly growing, and getting better and better, book after book. Scary School delivers, as one of the funniest middle grade books I have read in a long time. Scary School, though full of "scary" students and teachers, is more funny than scary. I was LOL through the whole book. I know that the humor in this book will truly appeal to it's target audience. The story is narrated by "Derek the Ghost" who also happens to attend Scary School. As my teen said, the cast of characters is delightful and creative. My favorites happened to be:

-Mrs.T(Rex) the detention monitor, "who was born in a laboratory on a far-away island where scientists were growing dinosaurs for an insane billionaire who wanted them roaming around his backyard to impress his billionaire friends." Yes, this brought an insane laugh out of me. (Jurassic Park reference)  


-DR. Dragonbreath, who ends up eating most of his students before the day is over. (I can't say I blame him. I have had days like that before while teaching.Not actually eating my students, but feeling tempted. Just kidding!)This occurrence is referred to as..."Dr. Dragonbreath's unusually teaching methods." 

Scary School would make a great read-aloud with your family or in a classroom. I can assure you, any child after reading this book will be inspired to create new and wild creatures of their own. This will be a book I will read out loud, to my class, come next October. This wild and crazy read will keep them laughing, from the beginning until the very last page.

About the Author:Derek The Ghost:

Image of Derek The Ghost
Derek 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. Despite his ghostly state, Derek still enjoys reading comic books and hopes to one day become a master ninjas. 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. Derek the Ghost communicates through the first-time ghost whisperer Derek Taylor Kent, who is a writer and performer in Los Angeles, California.

Learn more about this fun series at

*****I was given a review copy by Harper Collins Children's Books. In no way did this influence the honest reviews that were given.***

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