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Scary SchoolSCARY SCHOOL by Derek the Ghost Book Review
Series: Scary School, #1
Publication Date: June 21st 2011 by HarperCollins
Rating: – Acceptable |

Book Summary: 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

Scary School by Derek the Ghost Book Review Overview:

  • A fun (and totally not too scary) book for young early chapter book readers
  • Loved seeing the various characters illustrated in each chapter
  • Reminded me of Louis Sachar’s Wayside School series

SCARY SCHOOL by Derek the Ghost is not my typical read. I usually don’t read this young, but I decided to give it a shot because his email pitch was so convincing and his website is so awesome. I have a younger sibling and a bunch of younger cousins so I wanted to give this book a shot and see if it was something that they might end up liking.

SCARY SCHOOL by Derek the Ghost had me feeling a little nostalgic. It reminded me of Louis Sachar’s Sideway Stories from Wayside School series – which i had read while growing up. Scary School is not your ordinary school. There’s a giant T-rex on the school faculty and a one-fanged teacher who teaches monster math… Dying is a daily occurrence – but don’t worry, you’ll probably end up coming back as a ghost. Each chapter focuses on a different character and by the end of the book, readers will have met a colorful (and frightening) variety of students, teachers, and faculty monsters – I mean, members.

I was afraid that I would be a little too old to get the jokes and the silly antics in the book, but I admit that I did end up laughing out loud a few times. I can only imagine just how funny this book would be to a younger audience. The playful illustrations only added to the fun. It was great seeing the different whacky characters illustrated in each chapter.

Overall, SCARY SCHOOL is a fun refreshing first in a chapter book series by Derek the Ghost. If Hogwarts and the Wayside School were somehow able to make a baby, Scary School is what you’ll get.

About the Author

Derek the GhostDerek 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 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. Derek the Ghost communicates through the first-time ghost whisperer Derek Taylor Kent, who is a writer and performer in Los Angeles, California.

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I read more than I anticipated in February. I couldn’t believe it! I think it’s the combination of audiobooks and ebooks as well as the pressure that my review pile is putting on me. I’m determined to keep up with my reading this month!

The Pile

February will be dedicated to reading all the egalleys that I’ve accumulated on my nook in the last month. And just to add a book for fun, I checked out an ebook from my library!

ThumpedThis is Not a TestGrave MercyThe AcademieI'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill YouScary SchoolThe Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

  1. Thumped by Megan McCafferty – I wanted this book ever since I finished reading Bumped!
  2. A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean – Oh my gosh, one of my favorite romance authors came out with a book. Gotta read it ASAP.
  3. This is Not A Test by Courtney Summers – This one was on my February TBR pile but I unfortunately was not able to get to it last month.
  4. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
  5. The Academie by Susanne Dunlap
  6. I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’ll Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
  7. Scary School by Derek the Ghost
  8. The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

GoodReads Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading ChallengeCialina (Muggle-Born) has read 29 books toward a goal of 137 books.

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A weekly meme on the books on the top of my list to read and books recently acquired, borrowed, or bought. Inspired by the Story Siren’s In My Mailbox.

It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these. This really does not reflect the amount of books I get on a weekly basis. :P

Top of the Shelf / Currently Reading
What’s next on my to-read list for the upcoming week. I need to catch up on my review pile so that’s what I’m prioritizing this weekend.


For Review
Silly me! I completely forgot to add eGalleys/eARCs received from the publisher and through NetGalley!

Scary SchoolZeroThe Hero's Guide to Saving Your KingdomI'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill YouWonderThumped

Thanks to Romance at Random!

Princess Charming

Thanks to Brent at the Naughty Book Kitties <3.


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