Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1: Professor Gargoyle By: Charles Gilman

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Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1: Professor Gargoyle

By: Charles Gilman

Published by: Quirk Books
Released On: 2012-09-25

ISBN: 1594745919
Pages: 160
Genre: Middle Grade / Horror

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Format of Review Copy: Hardback
Source: ARC

Recommendable for people who enjoy:
Middle Grade, Light Horror

Synopsis (from Amazon):

“Two-headed monsters, giant tentacles, angry demons – Lovecraft Middle School is great creepy fun!” –Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Strange things are happening at Lovecraft Middle School. Rats are leaping from lockers. Students are disappearing. The school library is a labyrinth of secret corridors. And the science teacher is acting very peculiar – in fact, he just might be a monster-in-disguise. Twelve-year-old Robert Arthur knew that seventh grade was going to be weird, but this is ridiculous! Professor Gargoyle (Volume I in the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series) is full of bizarre beasts, strange mysteries, and nonstop adventure. It’s perfect for readers ages 10 and up. Best of all, the cover features a state-of-the-art “morphing” photo portrait – so you can personally witness the professor transforming into a monster. You won’t believe your eyes!

Gilman’s debut and series kick-off is great fun for fans of light horror. The changing image on the cover will snag interest, and the spookily realistic black-and-white illustrations throughout complete this slick, scary, funny package. [There are] delectable hints of age-appropriate, Lovecraftian Otherness…with none of the purple prose.” –Kirkus Reviews


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My Thoughts:

This is book ONE in the LOVECRAFT MIDDLESCHOOL series.

In this book we are introduced to the series, which revolves around the newly built “Lovecraft Middle School”. We also meet our main character Robert Arthur. The story follows Robert on his journey as he goes to a new school. Along the way, he makes some very unlikely friends and they all work together to solve the mystery of the scary things going on in the school.

I enjoyed getting to know Robert and his new friends. As a child, I changed schools several times so I could totally relate to him and his anxiety of entering a new school. Throw in all the scary things that start happening and this book is a great little page turner.

In Conclusion:

This book is aimed at middle grade readers and I think that age range will love it. There is just enough scary to keep the story creepy and enough mystery and adventure to keep them turning the pages. Even I, a grown up, couldn’t put the book down. I wanted to know what was going to happen next!

I say pick this one up if you are a fan of younger horror like Goosebumps and Deadtime Stories!

Mom Notes:

Might be a little scary to younger readers, however I think this one be fine for ages 8+.



Interest Level: MG
ATOS Book Level (reading skill level): 4.7
AR Pts: 3.0

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