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Hyde and Shriek: A Monsterrific Tale

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by David Lubar

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There's something strange going on at Washington Irving Elementary School. People are turning into monsters-literally!
Ms. Clevis is one of the most popular teachers at Washington Irving. Until the morning she accidentally puts some of the wrong ingredients into her breakfast smoothie. Suddenly she finds herself switching back and forth between mean substitute


There's something strange going on at Washington Irving Elementary School. People are turning into monsters-literally!
Ms. Clevis is one of the most popular teachers at Washington Irving. Until the morning she accidentally puts some of the wrong ingredients into her breakfast smoothie. Suddenly she finds herself switching back and forth between mean substitute teacher Ms. Hyde and a sweet sixth grade girl named Jackie. Will Jackie figure out the cure before she changes into the horrible Ms. Hyde forever? Find out in David Lubar's Hyde and Shriek.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Miss Clevis, one of the most popular teachers at Washington Irving Elementary School, loves her job as a science teacher. Then one morning she accidentally mixes chemicals for a project into her morning banana-honey-yogurt smoothie and morphs between being a mean substitute named Ms. Hyde and a kind sixth-grade student named Jackie. As Ms. Hyde, she gives students failing grades, takes the class on a field trip to the town dump, and torments children. As Jackie, she befriends Dawn, one of her favorite students, and tries to stops others from being mean. She soon realizes that when she is around mean people she becomes Ms. Hyde and when she is around nice people, she becomes Jackie. Can she get back to being Miss Clevis or will she be stuck in this new life forever? A few full-page drawings of the characters and their classroom surroundings are scattered throughout. Kids will enjoy this strange and creepy school story.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga Public Library System, OH
Publishers Weekly
The first book in the Monsterrific Tales series is narrated by Miss Clevis, a science teacher who accidentally puts chemicals for a school experiment in her breakfast drink. At school, when a colleague gives Miss Clevis a gift, she has waves of dizziness and transforms into Jackie, her positive-thinking 11-year-old self. She is soon befriended by a bubbly student named Dawn, who assumes Jackie is new at school. But an encounter with a mean teacher triggers another change: Miss Clevis becomes Ms. Hyde, a mean-spirited substitute teacher who delights in tormenting her students. Lubar's plotting can grow a bit repetitive as Miss Clevis shifts from one persona to the other, bringing out the best in people (as Jackie) and the worst in them (as Ms. Hyde). Though the novel offers some musings on good and evil, Lubar (the Weenies series) puts the emphasis on comedy, not chills, in a story that slots nicely between The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Miss Nelson Is Missing! Bermúdez gives the story a cinematic sense of drama in his b&w spot illustrations. Ages 8-up.
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From the Publisher

“Whoever thinks the short story is dead, or that kids don't like short stories, hasn't talked to any real live kids and hasn't read the latest in this popular series.” —School Library Journal on Attack of the Vampire Weenies

“Bullies and others get their due in this hilarious new collection of 35 warped and creepy tales by the master of the ‘weenie' story.” —Buffalo News on The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies

“This book will talk itself right off the shelves, and reluctant readers will devour it.” —School Library Journal on The Curse of the Campfire Weenies

“Another cool collection. This would be perfect to read around a campfire--or at any sleepover. They are creepy, but also hilarious.” —Detroit Free Press on The Curse of the Campfire Weenies

“Lubar strikes again. Another winning round-up.” —Booklist on Invasion of the Road Weenies

“This spring's most coveted title.” —The Arizona Republic on Invasion of the Road Weenies

“These stories creeped us out -- and we loved it. Four stars!” —Chicago Tribune on In the Land of the Lawn Weenies

Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Lubar (Attack of the Vampire Weenies, Enter the Zombie, and other titles) sets up a quick, entertainingly readable Jekyll and Hyde tale here, with the improbable character of teacher Miss Clevis as the unfortunate victim of metamorphosis. Young readers may not get the literary references—Washington Irving Elementary School, just for starters—but they are there regardless, a delightful trail of cues that with luck might spark connections years later. An accidental substitution of ingredients in a banana-honey-yogurt breakfast smoothie sets off a hilarious, mildly shivery sequence of events. They play out in the intersecting first person narratives of Miss Clevis herself, her evil substitute teacher alter ego Ms. Hyde, and her younger self, sweet-natured sixth-grader Jackie. A little help is offered by allies and friends, all of whom are deftly sketched. In the story's final turn, inspiration comes from a zoetrope and threat from the good-humored exaggeration of an overly ambitious science fair project. The clock ticks nicely toward the ending. Catastrophe is averted and the real teacher is back in the world in this first entry in a promised six-book series. Lubar's text is simple and direct. Replete with wordplay, it sets up swiftly paced but gently creepy events so they are just predictable enough to reassure. Marcos Calo Bermudez's black-and-white illustrations add drama while underscoring the humor. Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami
Kirkus Reviews
The kids at Washington Irving Elementary School are about to find out their hometown of Lewington is a monster magnet. Miss Jackie Jean Clevis loves kids and her job teaching science to all grades at Washington Irving Elementary, and she may well be the student body's favorite teacher. One morning, she accidentally mixes the chemicals for the day's experiments with her banana-honey-yogurt breakfast drink, with mind- (and body-) altering consequences. When she's around mean people, she morphs into sadistic Ms. Hyde, and when she's around the nice, she becomes sweet sixth-grade student Jackie. Can Miss Clevis reintegrate with the help of new sixth-grade friends? Or is she doomed to yo-yo forever...or worse, be stuck as Ms. Hyde? Lubar kicks off his six-book series of kids-as-monsters tales with an uncomplicated meditation on good vs. evil that riffs on Jekyll and Hyde. As long as readers don't question how Jackie/Ms. Hyde's clothes are also magically altered by ingested chemicals, they'll likely enjoy this, particularly if they liked the Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, which this resembles, down to Bermudez's occasional illustrations. Fans of Lubar's Nathan Abercrombie zombie series will find much to like here too. Ever-so-slightly creepy monster fun. (Horror. 8-12)

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I love kids. They make great hood ornaments. No. Stop that. Be good. Be nice. Okay. I’m back in control. That was a terrible thing to say. It was mean and sick and nasty. Not like me at all. I don’t know where it came from.
Yes, I do.
But it won’t happen again. I’m a teacher. And a scientist. I can control myself. I’m a trained, professional teacher. Miss Clevis. That’s what the students call me. That’s what it says on the door to my room. My whole name is Jackie Jean Clevis. I teach science at Washington Irving Elementary School in Lewington.
But something funny happened to me this morning. I was making breakfast. And I was getting a batch of chemicals ready to take to class for an experiment. Be very careful with chemicals. That’s the first thing I tell the students. I was also listening to the news on the radio, and I was thinking about the science fair, and I was looking out the window at some lovely nimbus clouds. The science fair is scheduled for next weekend, and I’m in charge. Which makes sense, since I’m the science teacher. It’s a lot of work, and it’s very important.
So, between breakfast and the experiment, and the radio and the science fair and the clouds, it wouldn’t have been impossible for me to accidentally put the wrong ingredients in the blender when I made my banana-honey-yogurt morning breakfast drink.
I’m pretty sure that’s what happened. I don’t usually pass out right after breakfast. I don’t usually pass out at all. But one moment I was drinking my drink and tuning the station on the radio, and staring out the window. The next thing I knew, I was on the floor, surrounded by broken pieces of my drinking glass. I didn’t even remember hitting the floor.
I sat on the floor for a minute, trying to see whether I’d bruised or broken anything besides the glass. But everything seemed fine. Then I noticed the clock. Oh, dear. I was late for school. I’d been lying there for at least ten minutes. I grabbed the chemicals, put them in a box, got my briefcase, and rushed out the door.
As I tossed everything in my car, I thought about what had just happened. There were so many possible explanations, it was pointless to try to guess the right one. As long as it didn’t happen again, I wasn’t going to worry. I had other things on my mind. I felt fine now. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have gotten behind the wheel of my car. Safety first, I always say. In the lab or on the road, safety has to come first.
At the corner by the stop sign at Maynard and Brockton, I got stuck behind someone who took a long time making a left turn. I didn’t mind waiting. But some idiot started honking his horn. I looked behind me. There was nobody there. Who was honking? The sound was getting very annoying. I looked down at my right hand. Oh my goodness. It was me who was banging on the horn. I hadn’t even realized I was doing anything.
I pulled my hand back. This wasn’t like me. I never use my horn. I’m very patient. You have to be patient to teach. Patient and caring and kind. I gripped the wheel very hard for the rest of the trip, just to make sure I didn’t use the horn again.
I got to school and parked in the teachers’ lot, then went up to my classroom on the second floor. “Hi, Jackie,” Mr. Rubinitski said as I walked down the hall. He teaches sixth grade. There are three sixth-grade teachers. They handle math and English and social studies. The kids switch around for the different subjects. But I do all the science classes.
“Good morning, Chester.” I smiled at him. We had a great staff at Why. That’s what we called it. We abbreviate Washington Irving Elementary to WIE, but we pronounce it Why. It’s sort of our own little private joke.
Where do you teach?
No, I asked where you teach.
I told you: Why.
We sort of stole the idea from an old comedy routine. We use it each year in a skit when we have our teachers’ lunch. And they say teachers don’t have a sense of humor.
I went into my room and put down the box of chemicals.
Thwump! Thawump!
A sharp, slapping sound caused me to look across the room. There, hovering in a cloud, was a figure with a face as white as death. He let out an awful, gasping wheeze.

Copyright © 2012 by David Lubar


Meet the Author

DAVID LUBAR created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He is also the author of the Nathan Abercrombie series, True Talents, Flip, and six Weenies short story collections. He lives in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

David Lubar created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Thousands of kids and educators across the country have voted Hidden Talents onto over twenty state lists. David is also the author of True Talents, the sequel to Hidden Talents; Flip, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror selection; five short story collections: In the Land of the Lawn Weenies, Invasion of the Road Weenies, The Curse of the Campfire Weenies, The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies, and Attack of the Vampire Weenies; and the Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie series. Lubar grew up in Morristown, New Jersey, and he has also lived in New Brunswick, Edison and Piscataway, NJ, and Sacramento, CA. Besides writing, he has also worked as a video game programmer and designer. He now lives in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

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