Scary School

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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
  • Mrs. T—break the ...
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Overview

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
  • 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!

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“[T]his is a laugh-out-loud offering that should find a broad and appreciative audienceamong boys and girls alike.”
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"[T]his is a laugh-out-loud offering that should find a broad and appreciative audienceamong boys and girls alike."
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“[T]his is a laugh-out-loud offering that should find a broad and appreciative audienceamong boys and girls alike.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061960949
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Series: Scary School Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 636,135
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.46 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    Scary School, by Derek the Ghost, is one of the funniest, crazie

    Scary School, by Derek the Ghost, is one of the funniest, craziest books I have ever read. My grandson and I read every day as part of his homework and since my grandson is not an avid reader, I try to find books that will catch his attention. Well, catch his attention it did! We laughed through every page and he actually remembered everything that happened from one end of the book to the other! This is a testament in itself in how entertaining this story is!

    Scary School is run by Principal Headcrusher and the school is the only elementary school having both human and monster students. It is Principal Headcrusher’s dream that all schools become mixed with students of all kinds and she tries very hard to get the kids to get along. The teachers are all monsters and quite a mix of zany characters such as Ms. Fang, Mr. Spider Eyes, Mrs. T., Mr. Snakeskin, Mr. Acidbath. Every day kids come to school and hope they make it through the day without being eaten so Sue, the Amazing Octo Chef, cooks fantastic lunches for the kids every day, just in case!

    Each chapter is dedicated to a specific person, either a teacher or a student and tells a story about the person’s character and how he responds to others in the school. Each chapter teaches a lesson and what better way to learn a lesson than to laugh your way through it! The Ghoul Games, which is a recurring topic through the book teaches the greatest lesson of all AND makes Principal Headcrusher’s dream come true!!

    This is truly a 5 star wonder and yes, we have already pre-ordered Book 2 from Amazon which comes out the end of June! Hurray!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Me

    I thought the book was reqlly good! it feels like it really or you are in the book i thunk people will reallly love it by trying to read the book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Scary school

    La la

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  • Posted March 25, 2012

    Funny MG Book with Great Illustrations!

    Scary School is the first in the series by the same name. It is Derek's tales of his school, the first of its kind. It is the first school to allow both human and monster children. Derek was simply Derek the student until a freak lab accident turned him into Derek the Ghost. Like all ghosts, Derek has unfinished business. He realizes that his unfinished business is to share his amazing school with you through his books.

    Derek introduces us to to his former classmates and teachers. There is the vampiric Mrs. Fang, who only killed one child this year, making her the nicest and most popular teacher. Then there's Dr. Dragonsbreath, whose class rules will literally kill you. Then there is the founder of Scary School, Principal Headcrusher. While she is technically human, how many humans do you know with hands the size of boulders?
    There's also a student named Lindsey, which I loved. Her name was even spelled properly! She starts off as a real jerk, judging her classmates based solely on their looks. You'll have to read the book to find out if she learsn the error of her ways or just gets eaten by a really ugly monster.

    If you are worried that Scary School doesn't sound like a very wholesome book, Derek has reassurances for you. "You're probably thinking this book isn't going to very wholeseome at all. Well, don't worry; just because a kid dies at Scary School, it doesn't mean that he or she will stay dead. As you will see, there's all sorts of ways a kid can come back from the dead and keep attending classes. In fact, losing your life is never an excuse for missing class. Plu,s through the act of dying, a dead student will ironically learn an important life lesson. It is such life lessons that will make Scary School probably the most wholesome book series to be published in the last twenty years."
    I enjoyed reading about Scary School, but I would never want to attend it. I am too much of a wuss. Derek's writing is really comical. I found myself laughing out loud a bunch of times, and even stopped to read a passage or two to my husband. Derek does a great job of bringing his characters to life. Even the ones who are technically dead. The illustrations in the book are also awesome. The descriptions of the characters are vivid enough that they aren't needed, but I loved them. The only thing I didn't like about the book was the introduction of Derek's sister, Jacqueline. It is just the mom in me, and not anything wrong with the book. It just made me really sad to imagine an 8-year-old building a house for her big brother who is now a ghost. Like I said, this isn't a negative reflection of the book, just the idiosyncrasies of a crazy mommy.

    This would be a great book for a reluctant middle grader or as a read aloud with slightly younger kids.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

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    Would you want to go to a school with all these crazy creatures,

    Would you want to go to a school with all these crazy creatures, or where you could get your hand bit off just for sitting it down in the wrong place?

    Well that is what our main character in this spooky and funny book had to do. As soon as I got this book, I knew I had to read it ASAP! The cover drew me right into the world where such a school could exist. I adored all the cast of crazy characters. There are so many of them, but my favorite would have to defiantly have to be Penny. She is amazing at playing dead!

    I haven't laughed so hard at a book in a long time and I loved reading every word of it. Scary School is perfectly written and I would have begged for a book like this when I was a kid. Its one of those books you have to read to believe and also one you will never forget once you've read it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

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    FUNNIEST CHILDREN'S BOOK EVER!

    Scary School has been the funniest children's book I have ever read! I found myself laughing... like.. every page! I cannot give it enough praise, it was a great read and all of the characters were wonderful and very unique. I really liked the teachers, they were some of my favorites. I loved that the teachers could get away with so much at the school (like killing students... in a "PG" way).

    The students themselves were also great. One of my favorites was Petunia, the purple girl on the cover. I loved the chapter on her and her story. That was yet another thing that I enjoyed, that there was a chapter for each important character and their "story" was explained so as the plot moved forward you already had a glimpse into what they were like.

    The school was amazing. I totally wish there was an actual school like that, thought I think I would be scared to attend. The way that the school was described really made it come alive. The rules and regulations of Scary School were crazy! It was very funny to read how the students reacted to these rules.

    Derek the Ghost (both the character and the author) did a fantastic job putting this book together and the imaginative details were great. I especially loved the goblins' "Three Little Pigs" reenactment (SO FUNNY!)... but you'll have to read it to learn more!

    Seriously, READ THIS! It is a great book, not just for kids, but for adults as well. I couldn't put it down and I will definitely be reading the next books in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    A more funny than scary, rather creative, something for everyone kind of book.

    As a mother of a third grader who scares easily I thought that I would read this book before letting my daughter read it. And I LOVED IT!! So much so that we'll probably read it together now that it's her turn. I think watching me giggle while I read it just made her more interested. I describe it to other people kind of like Shrek- there's definitely something in it for everyone, and I loved that it had a strong moral behind it as well- teamwork and friendship are rather prevalent in the second half of the book.
    I'm just bummed we have to wait until June 2012 for the second book! I really hope this series continues for a long time- I'd collect them all! I will be buying a few more copies as Christmas presents.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2011

    Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love it but I think you should make it less money. Becaus not many people are going to buy it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Great new series.

    My kids can't wait for the next book (too bad we have to wait until June!). They liked the creepy (but not too creepy) stories and gross humor --a bonus isthere are some clever, hidden laughs for adults too. Glad to add it our "great to give as a present" list.

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

    It was a Scream!

    Mom: My daughter Rebecca and I read "Scary School" together, and it was a scream!
    Rebecca: I liked the Ghoul Games the most. It was funny and scary at the same time.
    Mom: We wanted to read a chapter book that is both challenging and entertaining, and this was certainly both. It's above my daughter's grade level (she can read level 1 by herself), but she still understood a lot of it. There were also fun references for parents. It reminded me of Bugs Bunny in that respect.
    Rebecca: I love it! Derek the Ghost writes awesome stories!
    Mom: The individual chapters are complete little stories in the larger narrative, so it was great to read one chapter a day. Her younger brother sometimes listened in, too. We recommend this book highly.
    Rebecca: The website is awesome!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Delightful, Charming, Funny, must have book for paranormal readers, of all ages!

    I knew this would be an "easy" read, being written for kids in the 3rd to 6th grade range, but I didn't expect it to be completely delightful! I started reading it and couldn't put it down. I read most of it at work. I work in a middle school and I plan on spreading the news about this clever, funny, and charming book about kids, monsters and humans, attending school together. They learn valuable life lessons and learn most importantly, not to judge a book by it's cover. Don't judge a person by the color of their skin, wether it be dark, light, pruple, harry, or dead and falling off! : ) I think one of my favorite charachters is Jason. A human kid that loves being a hockey goalie so much that his face is terribly scared, so he always wears his hockey mask. Plus, his father is a logger, so he always has a chainsaw with him. The result, he looks like a cute mass murderer type, (Jason Vorhees, he he he I love it!) But he is the sweetest kid ever! I won't tell you what he does for his favorite teacher. Ms. Fang, it's so sweet, I almost cryed. You're going to have to read it to find out! Petuna's story is absoultely adorable, with a scary twist. I love her! And the teachers, well, every kid thinks their teachers are monsters, these really are, with names like, Mr. Spider-Eyes, Principal Headcrusher, Dr. Dragonbreath or Ms. Stingbottom. The school Chef is a hoot! Plus the book has a websight that goes along with the book. If you can pass Ms. Fang's quiz, it will unlock a secret chapter. The added bonus in this book would be the illustrations, completely enchanting! Bravo to the illustrator! Derek the Ghost, is a lovely writer! I think I'll give this book to my 3rd grade neice, plus buy one for a few classes at school. I can't wait for the next book! This a must have book for any child that loves to read about the supernatural, or read period!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Fun and Packed Full of Scary Adventures!

    The transition from Elementary to Middle School can often be a scary situation for kids. Even more so for the kids selected to go to 'Scary School'. Imagine arriving early on your first day of school to be greeted by a giant squid in a moat (who almost eats you). You are then greeted by a T-rex who tells you the only reason she isn't eating you is because she just ate. That doesn't mean she won't eat you later.

    'Scary School' is written by Derek The Ghost (also known as Derek Taylor Kent). Scary School is the first school in the Scary School System to enroll humans and monsters. The school is chosen by Franz Dietrich Wolfbark to host the monsters annual Ghoul Games. The Ghoul Games are held every year at a chosen school and the kids from the school system compete against each other in games of all kinds. Franz makes it perfectly clear to Principal Headcrusher, the head-crushing principal of Scary School, that the only reason he chose their school was in hopes of shutting it down. He didn't think humans should be allowed in monster schools. He prepared special rules for this years Ghoul Games. Usually the school who won the Ghoul Games received a Golden Elephant and a trip to Albania to meet the Monster King. However, this year, the school who lost would get eaten by the monsters who won. Franz believed the kids at Scary School would lose since a lot of them were human. No more kids = No more Scary School.

    We follow the journey as the kids of Scary School face every day life at a school where you might get eaten by your teacher if you break a rule (everyone who gets eaten learns a lesson), while they are training for the Ghoul Games in the spring. We are introduced to some amazingly scary creatures such as Petunia - with Bees in her hair, Mrs. Fang - the one fanged vampire, and Penny Possum - the girl who plays dead.

    There are many rules to follow and lessons to be learned throughout this story including a hands on anatomy of the internal organs with Mr. Snakeskin, who can give a detailed science lesson by removing layers of his body to show the inside. He is half dead, half alive, so he can do this. This may sound gross, but it really wasn't. It was interesting.

    I enjoyed reading this story and recommend it for kids in middle school or above. There is a good deal of getting eaten in this book, but in the end, most (if not all) of the kids who are 'taught a lesson' are brought back in some form or another. All of the 'lesson teaching' is done tastefully and in a fun way. I enjoyed all of the characters with their many vivid personalities. This book was fun and packed full of adventures. I am looking forward to reading the next book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    great book a must buy!!

    i was lucky enough to get a free downloadable copy for my computer.
    As the book was for younger readers i was excited to see what i thought of the book and i must say i was really surprised.
    the book was down right funny to the point of me wetting myself with laughter. The story was fun and exciting and unlike any other book i have read. what made it all the better was the pictures that went along with the story i felt like i was in the book with the charters and i dont want to say to much ((hate spoilers)) but no matter your age you'll love this book its one of a kind and most of all the book will keep you smiling for days. happy reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Claire

    U know what dude if you don'nt have anything nice say just shut up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Just speaking the truth

    Keep your mouth shut if you dont have anything nice to say

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    DON'T BUY IT

    Eeeeeeewwwwwwww...

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    Posted July 2, 2013

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    Scary School is the place parents send their children when they

    Scary School is the place parents send their children when they want them to get a good schooling education. Apparently children learn better if they're going to lose an arm or two if they answer incorrectly on a quiz--or worse, lose their life if they break the rules. It's not unusual for a whole class to get wiped out by the end of the school year. Quite different from my initial impression of the book. I wasn't expecting so many kids to die out; nevertheless, Derek does a fantastic job of finding humor in the grotesque in a perfectly acceptable manner for middle-grade readers. I wouldn't be averse to recommending this book for upper grade school students either.

    When I began reading this book, I was expecting Derek the Ghost to be one of the class students. After all, if zombies go to school, can't ghosts? Apparently not. Since his death in an accidental fire, Derek has been haunting the school grounds and following the going ons at school. While Derek is the narrator of Scary School, he is mostly an observer. Rather than a book following one main plot line, Scary School is more of a collection of related short stories about the students, staff, and faculty of Scary School that begins with the start of one school year to its end. To unlock the final secret chapter, which takes on the last day of school, visit the author's website and take Ms. Fang's quiz.

    The characters bring the story to life with their vivid personalities, unfortunate misadventures, and their fight for survival in a school where one wrong move or mistiming can mean the end of your life. I enjoyed learning about each individual whose story Derek tells, especially Ms. Fang and her unfortunate checker match, Petunia and her mommy worries, and Fred and his dreams. This is a fun, light-hearted read that everyone from grade school students to adults can enjoy.
    Book two (Monsters on the March) comes out June 26th along with the paperback version of Scary School.

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  • Posted July 18, 2012

    Great illustrations with an active imagination make this a very

    Great illustrations with an active imagination make this a very delightful book from start to finish. The story was easy to read and I found myself getting caught up in the Scary School world for a short time. The characters were the type that either you loved them or loved to hate them. I think that every child or even adult has thought up a world similar to this at least once in their lives, I know I have on occasion.

    I highly recommend this first installment in the Scary School series. Make sure to check it out and the latest book Monsters on the March.

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

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    Scary School would be the perfect book to read aloud to the clas

    Scary School would be the perfect book to read aloud to the class at the beginning of the new school year. As a teacher I’m always looking for that book that will hook my reluctant readers. This is that book. Imagine a school where monsters and humans go to school together. Imagine that all of your teachers are monsters. Hey, the students already think teachers are monsters for giving homework so this isn’t a far stretch of the imagination. Imagine you are on a tour of the school with your tour guide Derick the Ghost. He had died the previous year in a terrible accident at the school. The new kid, Charles Nukid thinks everyone is real friendly when they holler, “Hey new kid”.

    The teachers and other members of the school are wonderful to read about. I laughed and laughed when I read about Nurse Hairymoles. She can cure whatever ails you.
    However, she makes sure you get something that is even worse.
    The Ghoul Games were cool. We are always talking about starting our school year by building community with our students so they learn up front to get along. This book is a subtle way to teach students life lessons such as; no one is better than anyone else just because they are different.

    Will I recommend this book to my student? You bet I will. Currently I have an electronic version. However, I will be purchasing a copy for my shelves along with a copy of the sequel “Monsters on the March”. The illustrations by Scott M. Fischer are absolutely wonderful.

    Check out the book and then purchase the second one, to be released March 26. This is a definite must read. It is a book both young and old will enjoy.

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