Scary School

Scary School

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ISBN-13: 9780061960949
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Series: Scary School , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 820,498
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.46(h) x 0.62(d)
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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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Scary School 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Book_Monster_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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!!
trish stout More than 1 year ago
I love it but I think you should make it less money. Becaus not many people are going to buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
3kids More than 1 year ago
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.
ryechery More than 1 year ago
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!
Lindy-Lou More than 1 year ago
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!
My_Little_Me More than 1 year ago
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!
annmarie2011 More than 1 year ago
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.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a cute book! I am so glad that I finally got to read it. This book is not something I normally read but I wanted something funny and easy to read. And this book did the trick.Scary School! Everything a new kid goes through school except a little different. There are many funny moments in the book that make me snicker and snort. The plot line itself is simple yet engaging. A new kid coming in, facing new school blues, adjusting to new teachers, and new students.The illustrations in the book goes along nicely with each new chapter. I loved that each illustration depicts a nerdy student or a crazy fang teacher! LOL! With each new chapter, the reader meets a new character that only add more my imagination.Scary School is a great book for kids. Filled with funny characters and amazing drawings, it's enough to capture any kids mind. Scary school is awesome!
hankesj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Good: What a great book for Middle Graders!! If I had a kid in Middle School, this would surely be a book I would buy for them. It¿s fun, creative and written at the perfect level for those kids who span several different levels of reading. I thought the illustrations were super cute and added so much to the book. I love that the author maintained the whole ¿Derek the Ghost¿ mentality throughout the book and I thought the creativeness of the crazy teachers and students was awesome! I thought the tongue-in-cheek humor is great in the way that some of the kid¿s movies today are ¿made¿ for kids but there is some humor that the adults pick up on. It¿s funny for the kids but kind of funnier for the adults because we pick up on the things the kids don¿t.The Bad: This is not particulary bad about the book, author or writing but mostly about the genre itself. While I enjoyed this novel, I found it hard to enjoy it in the way that I really enjoy YA or other types of fictions. I think it¿s a superficial kind of enjoyment in the same way that I could sit down and watch Blue¿s Clues with a child and enjoy it on the surface but I¿m not TRULY getting any personal fulfillment or enjoyment from it. I think that¿s the problem with someone my age reading a lower middle grade type of book. But that is really not the fault of the author or book. Overall, I think for the younger crowd, this book is awesome and should be the hit of any middle grade classroom. B+*I was provided a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.
DerektheGhost on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Scary School - a school where just making through lunch with all your limbs is considered a good day. The author, an 11-year-old ghost named Derek the Ghost, invites you to join Charles "New Kid" Nukid and his friends as they try to make it through the days with vampire teachers, dinosaur librarians, and zombie classmates. Think the principal will save you? Her name is Principal Headcrusher, so don't even think about it. Things become extra scary when Scary School is chosen to host the annual Ghoul Games, a junior olympics events between all the "scary" schools of the world. But with humans in the mix for the first time, the rules change so that the winners get eat the losers alive. The human kids of Scary School don't stand a chance against their bigger, stronger monster opponents and it could spell the end of Scary School forever!
ChayseBWB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay...Before I go into the whole review thing, I have to point out that this book was the trippiest book that I have ever read. Like, it was so weird (can't think of a better word). However, the idea that this book was so weird made me like it even more. Scratch that...This is what me love the book even more.I liked how you got to learn something about each of the teachers and students within a different chapter and each chapter continued flowing to keep me as the reader interested in every word that I was reading. Along with the idea that the school wasn't only monster children but also human children as well. The way they got along with each other was fascinating.I had to admit the monster math lesson I have to agree with is my favorite chapter of all time. I would have been in trouble because knowing my personality, I have to make sure that it would be correct. However, to make sure nothing happened to me, I would agree.This book was the funnest book I have had the pleasure reading and it was amazing how this book brought a different perspective of reading to me as a reader and blogger. I greatly advise all readers, bloggers, or whatever you may be to check this book out because you won't be disappointed one bit.I give this book 5 souls!
mt256 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Scary School by Derek The Ghost is a wonderfully spooktacular book about middle grade students who attend an unusual school run by the things that go bump in the night. Not all the students are human themselves, some are very extraordinary. The school is run by Principal Headcrusher whose dream is to unite regular students with scary students. Derek The Ghost is the tour guide or narrator for this novel. He gives an up close and personal tour of not only the grounds at scary school but also the student body and faculty. Through this tour Derek gives the inside scoop and behind the scenes information that you'll need to know to survive Scary School. Scary School is an attention grabber right from the beginning. The author mixes humor, wit and a lot of imagination to make this book a great read. This book has every kind of supernatural creature you can think of and even some you can't. Scott Fischer's illustrations really help bring the characters to life. Scary School will appeal to both girls and boys alike as well as kids of all ages. This book is highly entertaining. Another think that impressed me is the interactive website that goes along with this book. It has quizzes, take a tour of Scary School, games and even the theme song to Scary School. I asked my children to read this book with me because it's a book geared towards ages 8-12 and my children fall right into that age group. My kids have different interests so I was so thrilled that it appealed to both of them. They had a lot of fun reading this book. They really liked the teachers as well as the students. My son really liked Dr. Dragonbreath and his rules. My daughter likes Petunia and Lindsey. They both thought it was a funny book and had a great time reading it. I asked if they would like to continue reading the series and they both enthusiastically responded with a yes. The second book, Scary School #2: Monsters on the March is scheduled to come out in June 2012.
thebumblegirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All middle grade readers will definitely love this new series! Such a fun and quirky book that starts with us meeting our narrator, Derek the Ghost.We get to know a little about Derek and how/why he is a ghost... and then he introduces us to what we will find and who we will meet at Scary School.In my opinion, this book was more of an introduction to the series than actual story telling. Every chapter is dedicated to a different teacher or student, giving us their story and background - if it wasn't for the fact that Derek the Ghost reminds you of the underlying story that he's trying to tell you, it felt like I was reading a bunch of short stories. Because of this, it was a bit hard to get into at first, but with the help of the illustrations at the beginning of each chapter, it started to flow easily and was a lot of fun.My 8yo son is now reading it - and he is enjoying it more than I thought he would! We have already talked about a few of the characters and side stories and have learned..."Don't judge a monster by the way he/she looks, looks can be deceiving!""Always follow the rules! They're made for a reason!"And here is some exciting news! Derek the Ghost is hard at work and writing up a storm!The next book will also be released as a hardcover on June 26th, 2012... Scary School #2: Monsters on the MarchThere is no official blurbs/quotes for it yet. But I'm pretty confident that it is going to be a good, laugh-out-loud story for the kiddos :) Keep an eye out for it!
Alisbookshelf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
ljldml on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Derek for a review. He wanted the review of both a mother and son (11 year old) Well, we are both in agreement. This book is a winner! This book is just plain laugh out loud funny! There is something on each page to make you chuckle. Derek the Ghost tells about life at Scary School, a place that would be home to any kind of ghoul alive (or dead!) I can't say enough good things about this book. Both my 11 year old and I read this in a day. We were both chuckling and laughing. Derek, you've got a winner on your hands. Even though you are a ghost- keep writing!! I long to hear more stories about your amazing school. A+++ for kids and adults alike.I forgot to mention, the illustrations are incredible.
SAMANTHA100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Scary School by Derek The Ghost, author Derek Taylor Kent and Illustrated by Scott M. Fisher, is the story of a year in a truly unusual school. I know of no other school that has a moat and a drawbridge. It is a place where a T. rex who wears a blue dress is both the librarian and detention room monitor. Another staff member, Mr Turtlesnaps claims to have been a friend of Darwin as well as being the recipient of his books. The book is narrated by Derek. an eleven year old ghost who is unable to leave the school. He is an aspiring writer who becomes just that-a ghost writer. He chronicles the events of the school year which comes to close with a very bizarre competition called Ghoul Games. Losing at any of the games can lead to dire consequences. There is more to the book than all the weird happenings. The story clearly shows the value of friendship, loyalty and honesty. The characters are perfectly developed. The illustrations are excellent. I highly recommend this book for children from age 8 to 12 and for adults, as well. Reading this book is a pleasure and enjoyable.I received this book at no charge from Goodreads.
lilcrickit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a place straight out of a the imagination of a child. I could visually see them sitting at a desk thinking and seeing the teachers and some of the students as monsters. At scary school you have very likely chance to be eaten by your teachers but not die....No, you will return as a vampire, zombie or even better a fire-breathing dragon. Who wouldn't love that! Some adults may find some humor in the antics or think they are just silly, but the intended age group will love it. The good about this book is that throughout each chapter there is lesson about character, such as the little girl who felt she was too pretty to play with anyone ugly only to realize that you can't judge by one's appearance. When you do read this, there is a blood transfusion scene that I thought was just plain craziness but in retrospect I guess is sorta funny. The only bad thing about the book, and this is just my personal thing is I didn't like being told about something only to not be told about it. Well, in several parts of the book the author mentions something only to say it will be discussed later or in the next book. However, for a child this is minor thing and I think they will love the book as well as the illustrations, which are fantastic. This will be a great read for the reluctant reader and most especially boys.
DragonLibrary8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My thoughts:Original, witty, clever, creative, silly, and a little twisted - all wrapped up in a great little story about what it means to be friends. It's filled with scary monsters, crazy humans, terrifying teachers, a bunch of dead kids and a load of life lessons. The kids will be laughing from the very start.I enjoyed the story. It's a bit silly for the adult in me, a bit twisted for the parent in me, and wonderful for the kid in me. I am sure that this book will be a huge hit with middle schoolers all over! The illustrations are fantastic. The characters are wonderful. The writing is vividly descriptive and oh so clever. If you enjoy a play on words - this is for you. I think it would make for a fun read-aloud and you could use it for a number of different lessons from character building to history and science (never math - you'll understand when you read it). I love that you can read a secret chapter if you pass Ms. Fang's on-line quiz. This is the first in what will be a series by Derek the Ghost. Don't miss it!
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