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Review: The Northern Frights by Derek the Ghost

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Northern Frights

(Scary School #3)
by Derek the Ghost

Genre: MG Fantasy
Hardback: 320 Pages
Publication: July 1, 2013 by Harper Collins


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?

◆ A copy was provided by Harper Collins for review ◆

There is always drama, excitement, and fear brewing in a scary school. This time, the students learn that six of their own will be chosen to become exchange students to their headmistress's alma mater Scream Academy, where no one expects them to survive. Needless to say, they aren't thrilled about it, and few hope to be chosen to attend.

Trouble brews in paradise as Charles gets off to a bad start this school year and finds himself wondering how he can right things. The poor guy. Though he's such a rule stickler, he always finds himself getting into trouble. In this book, he's going to learn something about the rules he loves so much and find out what matters most to him. The way he defeats the big bad guy is hilarious and says something about how he's grown over the course of the series.

The plot is much more streamlined than the other two books with Charles taking a prominent role in the story as an ancient prophecy comes to pass. With ominous whispers about a looming danger floating around, the story takes a darker turn as well. There are still some light-hearted moments, but they aren't as frequent as in the earlier books in the series. Nevertheless, I was still greatly entertained with the introduction of new monsters and characters, especially Lattie -- an overly serious ninja girl -- and her pet millipede.

As always, I also loved watching the monsters and humans interact. There are great themes in the story for younger readers, such as how it isn't the outside that matters. Every human and monster has potential to realize the scary or greatness within, and seemingly puny weak humans can become popular heroes in a school of monsters. This is a wonderful read for readers of all ages, and I will continue to recommend this series to those who enjoy a good middle-grade read filled with adventure and humor.

P.S. After that ending, there had better be a fourth book. Oh Charles, what is going to happen to you this time?

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