Book Review: Scary School by Derek the Ghost

Amazon summary
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
Mr. Snakeskin—science class is so much more fun when it’s taught by someone who’s half zombie
Mrs. T—break the rules and spend your detention with a hungry Tyrannosaurus rex!


Gargoyles, goblins, and Frankenstein’s monster on the loose
The world’s most frighteningly delicious school lunch


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!

My review
Scary School is a silly, entertaining book full of helpful information like why you can’t always remember names and other “life lessons”. The book is narrated by Derek, an eleven-year-old ghost. He tells all about the crazy monster teachers who eat students and parents who are excited about their students turning into dragons.

There really is a plot, but the book is full of silly nonsense that will appeal to young readers. I giggled a few times myself. Such as when Scary School is selected as the host for the Annual Ghoul Games, the children have to decide what games they want to use for the competition.

“I’m going to play basketball,” said Johnny.
“I’m going to play hopscotch,” said Lindsey.
“I’m going to play dead,” said Penny Possum.

Or this: Mrs. T often goes hunting to supply lunch for the school chef, Sue the Amazing Octo-Chef. One day Sue requested a dodo bird for a Thanksgiving menu.

It made sense since dodoes are kind of like giant turkeys, only much more extinct.

There is also just enough “icky” to appeal to the middle-grade crowd. I especially liked the biology teacher who could remove his skin to give the students a real-life view of muscles and organs. (I was concerned that this might be too much for my Aspie son who has real issues with any body-related “icky” stuff, but he loved the book and just thought that scene was cool.)

The 10-year-old’s review
I always let my son read the MG books I get, because when you’re buying a book for a kid, who cares whether an adult likes it? (I did warn him about the “icky” stuff I was worried about.)

I really liked this book! I hope there are more in the series! My favorite part was the three “Rachels”.

About the book
Title: Scary School
Author: Derek the Ghost
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: June 21, 2011
Pages: 256
Where I got the book: Free from the author in exchange for an honest review