By Derek The Ghost, Scott M. Fischer
HarperCollins, $15.99, 233 pages

What is the scariest part of going to school? Eleven-year-old Derek the Ghost will tell you that every day can be terrifying! He met his untimely end when one of Mr. Acidbath’s science experiments went wrong. Now he serves as the narrator of Scary School, author Derek Taylor Kent’s story of a year at the most SUPERnatural secret school in the country. Being too scared to come to class isn’t a good excuse at Scary School – the halls are filled with werewolves, zombies, vampires, and dragons, and those are just the teachers! Human and monster students mingle and practice for the Ghoul Games, an end-of-the-year competition between monster schools. If you lose your event, you’re eaten!

Readers need not worry about being overly spooked. Kent’s style of scaring is more humorous than terrifying. Scott M. Fischer illustrates each chapter with key characters. See what Mrs. T actually looks like (she’s a 20-foot tall Tyrannosaurus Rex who is fond of wearing a blue dress and a bonnet). Discover that Nurse Hairymoles really has huge hairy moles! More Scary School books are in the works. Girls and boys will find spine-tingling fun and adventure in this new young adult series.

Elizabeth Franklin