Title: Scary School #3: The Northern Frights
Series: Scary Schoo #3
Publication: June 25, 2013
Age: Middle Grade
In The Northern Frights, the third book in the spooky Scary School series, Charles “New Kid” Nukid and his friends, including Lattie, a girl ninja, must fight an epic battle with an ice dragon to save their school. But first they must survive going to Scream Academy as exchange students. And that may be hard, because the Academy has an abominable snowman for a principal, a Headless Horseman as one of the teachers, and the students are yetis, trolls, and ogres!
Will Charles survive to make an ancient prophecy come to pass and save everyone? The illustrated Scary School trilogy by Derek the Ghost, with its mix of humor, scares, and adventure, is a perfect pick for middle-grade readers of the Wayside School series and the Zach Files books.
Trouble flocks to Charles Nukid and he finds himself in several sticky situations in this book. In this installment, the students awaiting the decision to see who will be chosen to attend Scream Academy. These fantastic few will have to navigate their way around the dangerous traps at the new academy and somehow fulfill a prophecy that supposedly doesn't exist. Charles Nukid has crush in this one but his fear of breaking the rules may leave him stuck alone and without his friend. What I really like about these books is the way the author subtly teaches about character and friendship in a way that's colorful and fun. The writing details the world of Scary School well without becoming overwhelming and the pace of the story keeps balance with the action. Overall, the beautiful illustrations combined with witty humor make this a must read for middle graders that love books will monsters and adventure.