The School Is Alive! (Eerie Elementary Series #1)

The School Is Alive! (Eerie Elementary Series #1)

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by Jack Chabert

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Eerie Elementary is one scary school!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

In this first


Eerie Elementary is one scary school!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

In this first book in the series, Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is ALIVE! Sam finds this out on his first day as the school hall monitor. Sam must defend himself and his fellow students against the evil school! Is Sam up to the challenge? He'll find out soon enough: the class play is just around the corner. Sam teams up with friends Lucy and Antonio to stop this scary school before it's too late!

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Praise for BRANCHES books:
"These books should be considered for larger libraries wanting to enhance their easy-reader collections." -SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Plenty of drawings assist readers with plot development." -SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"A nice stepping stone to more advanced chapter books." -BOOKLIST

"We are absolutely desperate for these books. Thank you for recognizing and addressing [this] monumental gap in the market." -Andrew Medlar, Youth Materials Specialist, Chicago Public Library

Children's Literature - Brandon West
There is a secret hidden at the heart of Eerie Elementary and it is up to third grader Sam Graves to get to the bottom of it! Sam has been reluctantly elected as the school hall monitor. The seemingly boring job turns out to be more interesting than what Sam imagined. After a playground check, he finds himself sinking into pit of quicksand. Fortunately, Mr. Nekobi, the school grounds keeper, saves Sam. Soon after, more strange events take place, which Sam realizes are more than coincidences. Sam learns from Mr. Nekobi that Eerie Elementary is alive and it is trying to feed on children! It’s now up to Sam to protect the school from the evil that is awakening, along with his best friends Lucy and Antonio. As the first title in a new series, most of the narrative is spent setting up the characters and the basic plotline for upcoming books. This series is being published under Scholastic’s “Branches” series, which means that it is a chapter book for early readers. The book features easily decodable text and illustrations that reinforce the plot. The characters are a bit generic, but will appeal to many children. As far as content goes, the fast paced story is a little lean on details, but it will engage its target audience. The book presents a spooky theme, but there is nothing that should actually frighten children. This first foray into Eerie Elementary will leave children wanting to read more and the book is likely to fly off the library shelves. Reviewer: Brandon West; Ages 6 to 8.
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Sam is Eerie Elementary's newest (and only) hall monitor. He figures it will be a boring job and probably one that earns him enemies. He doesn't count on the school itself being enemy number one. After nearly being swallowed by quicksand and then attacked by a fire hose, Sam is ready to find answers. Could the school be alive? Are all the students in danger, or is it just Sam the school wants? When a play draws all of Eerie Elementary together in one location, the school makes its move. The counterattack is up to Sam. This early chapter book, with copious black-and-white illustrations throughout, is ideal for readers who want something scary but aren't ready for the "Goosebumps" or "Scream Street" series.—Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA
Kirkus Reviews
Ghosts, hall monitors and a strange old guy come together in this chapter book for new readers.Third-grader Sam is not happy about being appointed a hall monitor at Eerie Elementary School. It doesn't take him long to figure out that there is more to this job than just shushing people in the hall. What's with the two crows eyeing him from the roof? Or the quicksand that suddenly appears on the playground? Whatever is going on, he is both relieved and creeped out when the old janitor saves him. It takes a while for Sam to figure out that he is more than just a monitor: He is supposed to protect everyone from the sinister school now that the janitor is weak and old and can no longer fight it. The intended audience might lose interest before finally figuring out the secret on Page 45. Lively illustrations might help them get there, especially when trees and fire hoses attack. Given the general slowness of the plot, it's quite a contrast to see the kids pull off a full production of Peter Pan, complete with flying, in just a week. The large font and frequent illustrations should help new readers gain confidence, but the slow pacing and overwhelming amount of text on each page may well stymie them.Good idea but uneven execution. (Horror. 7-10)

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Eerie Elementary Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.30(d)
460L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jack Chabert is a pen name for Max Brallier. He is the creator and author of the Eerie Elementary series with Scholastic Branches. Max is also the author of more than twenty books for children, including the Galactic Hot Dogs and The Last Kids on Earth middle-grade series. He lives in New York City with his wife, Alyse.

Sam Ricks is the illustrator of the Eerie Elementary early chapter book series. He is also the lead graphic design faculty at The Art Institute of Salt Lake City. He lives in Utah with his family.

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The School Is Alive! (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My (almost) five year old son absolutely loves this book! It's creepy, but in a cute way. He wasn't scared as much as he was intrigued by what was going on. It almost made him much more excited to start kindergarten next year hehe It was also an enjoyable read for myself, which is always nice when reading books to kids. Highly recommend! 
Calebsmom08 More than 1 year ago
My six year old son really enjoyed reading this book. He is really excited about purchasing the second book in the series this weekend. I thought it was a really good book myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 7 year old bought this  book at his book fair and really loved it!  Mainly because  his name and his brothers name, are the names of the main characters.  Made it extra fun for them to read and find their names in the text.  I loved that there are wonderful illustrations on every page.  That was nice for the 4 year old to also hold interest while I read this to the 7 year old.  Cute story.  Great end of chapter cliff hangers that made my sons want to keep reading.  Excited to read more from this series!
book4children More than 1 year ago
In the words of my first grade daughter, "This book will freak your mind!" When Sam Graves is assigned as hall monitor, he has no idea just how dangerous a job it is. He is positive the school is trying to eat him, but nobody believes him except for a creepy old janitor. But at the school play, the school becomes more dangerous than ever and it's up to Sam to save everyone. My daughter loves creepy books that aren't actually scary, so this was a perfect choice for her. She loved it! It was such a fun book to read. It was fast paced, action packed, and really spooky. I liked the way Sam had to be brave and rescue his friends. I also liked the old janitor, Mr. Nekobi. He was kind of creepy in his own way and the reader isn't sure he's a good guy. If you have a newly independent reader that likes spooky themes, give this book a try. It's a fully developed story with great characters and lots of suspense. There are pictures in every page, too. Content: mild suspense (the school is trying to eat children)