Scary School by Derek the Ghost

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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!


About Derek the Ghost

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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. 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. Derek the Ghost communicates through first-time ghost whisperer Derek Taylor Kent, who is a writer and performer in Los Angeles, CA. You can visit both Dereks online at
Published June 21, 2011 by HarperCollins. 272 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Writing as 11-year-old Derek the Ghost, debut author Kent offers an episodic, meandering account of Scary School, "the first and only school to mix regular kids with Scary Kids and Scary teachers."

May 16 2011 | Read Full Review of Scary School

Portland Book Review

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.

Apr 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Scary School

Portland Book Review

Fans of wacky Wayside School and the Goosebumps books will enjoy the comedic thrills and chills of the Scary School series.

Dec 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Scary School


This year is the first time that Scary School gets to participate, and it's a huge honor since Scary School has never been recognized as a monster school before since half of their student body is regular kids.

Jun 21 2011 | Read Full Review of Scary School

A Patchwork of Books

Gloria Spielman is the author of two picture books Janusz Korczak’s Children and Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime which has been awarded a Silver Medal in the 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in the category of Non-Fiction Picture Book.

Dec 04 2011 | Read Full Review of Scary School

Birmingham Public Library

Welcome to Scary School, where human children intermingle with monster kids, the school librarian is a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a giant squid lurks in the school moat, and gargoyles carry off students who loiter on the playground after recess.

Oct 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Scary School

Little Library Muse

It does make a difference if it is a quick visit or if you are getting stuck in time for a long time.

Apr 07 2012 | Read Full Review of Scary School

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