Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #4: Substitute Creature

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It's Valentine's Day and a monstrous blizzard has descended upon Lovecraft Middle School, trapping twelve-year-old Robert Arthur inside the building! He and his companions have no choice but to spend the night—while snacking on cafeteria food, sleeping on the gymnasium floor, facing off against a sinister substitute teacher, and thwarting an army of abominable beasts.

This fourth novel in the Lovecraft Middle School series begins right where Teacher's Pest ended—with more ...

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Overview

It's Valentine's Day and a monstrous blizzard has descended upon Lovecraft Middle School, trapping twelve-year-old Robert Arthur inside the building! He and his companions have no choice but to spend the night—while snacking on cafeteria food, sleeping on the gymnasium floor, facing off against a sinister substitute teacher, and thwarting an army of abominable beasts.

This fourth novel in the Lovecraft Middle School series begins right where Teacher's Pest ended—with more action, more adventure, and more outrageous monsters!

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Editorial Reviews

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“…the perfect mix of danger, horror, and humor to keep kids interested without scaring them away completely.” –GeekDad.com
VOYA - Jane Murphy
The fourth installment of this fun series is reminiscent of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and the myriad knock-offs of this genre, this time intended for middle graders and early middle school readers. It is written much like the Goosebumps series. Black-and-white illustrations grace the pages, and the characters are likable and realistic, albeit fantastic in the true sense of the word. Young Robert Arthur attends Lovecraft Middle School, founded on the ruins of Tillinghast Mansion. The fourth volume introduces Miss Carcasse. On Valentine's Day, Robert and his seventh-grade buddy Glenn find themselves in a near-miss situation and are saved by the trusty school custodian, Mac. Robert's love interest is a girl named Karina who has been dead for thirty years. She is a ghost. A two-headed rat named Pip and Squeak also serves as a sidekick. When a mysterious blizzard aids and abets Miss Carcasse in her attempts to wreak havoc on the school, the children must resolve the dilemma. Lionel, a spoiled, wealthy student must show his true colors, and Crawford Tillinghast himself intervenes. This series is sure to please. Love conquers all, the monsters are vanquished, lessons are learned and taken to heart, and the young protagonists survive. Reviewer: Jane Murphy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594746406
  • Publisher: Quirk Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 561,584
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Gilman is an alias of Jason Rekulak, an editor who lives in Philadelphia with his wife and children. When he's not dreaming up new tales of Lovecraft Middle School, he's biking along the fetid banks of the Schuylkill River, in search of two-headed rats and other horrific beasts. 

From an early age, Eugene Smith dreamed of drawing monsters, mayhem, and madness. Today, he is living the dream in Chicago, where he resides with his wife, Mary, and their daughters Audrey and Vivienne.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2014

    WEW

    That thing is uuuugggglllllyyyyy

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    This is the fourth book in the Lovecraft Middle School series. I

    This is the fourth book in the Lovecraft Middle School series. I have not read the first three, but I was still able to read this book without any confusion. If you are thinking about getting this book for a kid, though, you should start at the beginning with Professor Gargoyle.

    This book wasn't nearly as creepy as I had expected it to be, but it is intended for kids, so I can't really complain about that. I think that the book could have been better developed overall, but it was still entertaining and fun for Halloween. This book would be good for kids that like spooky stuff without it getting overly creepy or weird.

    Content: Clean

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    Creepy Fun! I give it 4.5 Stars! What I liked: The book opened

    Creepy Fun! I give it 4.5 Stars!

    What I liked: The book opened with a great hook – the MCs, Robert and Glenn, in a perilous situation. I wasn’t sure how it would be reading the fourth book in a series (not having read any of the others), but I did not feel lost. The author gives you bits throughout, so you learn about the alternate dimension of Tillinghast Manor, where the creatures come from, and that the MCs are fighting against the evil from it.

    It was an easy and fun read. Great for elementary and middle school kids. I wondered if it would be scary, but it’s wasn't. It gives just enough "bizarre" to be really interesting, but nothing gory that would cause children to have nightmares.

    Loved the front cover (the teacher-turning-to-creature hologram effect). That in itself is a GREAT hook for kids who want a scare!

    Loved, loved, LOVED the artwork throughout (illustrated by Eugene Smith).

    What I didn’t like: I’d like to know the characters a little better. They are somewhat flat. What do they like? What do they feel and hope and dream? Maybe readers get to know them better in the previous books and therefore it isn’t necessary in Book Four, but since I haven’t read the other books, I don’t know.

    Overall: Kids will like this book...and they will want to read the others. It's just the right amount of creepy fun to bring you back for more!

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  • Posted September 30, 2013

    Robert, Glen, and Karina are back to fight the forces of the evi

    Robert, Glen, and Karina are back to fight the forces of the evil Crawford Tillinghast. As an unexpected and bizarre nor'easter dumps feet of snow on the school rapidly, a state of emergency is declared. An evacuation of Lovecraft Middle is called for, yet not all of the students get out.

    Aside from some issues with paragraph and page spacing causing occasional distractions, the remaining format with the pictures and sketches interspersed cause wonder and add to the intrigue of some of the various characters.

    The narrative is vivid and imaginative throughout the tale. There is much action which flows easily and quickly.

    Dialogue between characters is authentic and adds to character development.

    Overall, a delightful read!

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