Review of Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!


Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive! by Jack Chabert

Age Range: 6 – 8 years
Grade Level: 1 – 3
Genre: Spooky/chapter book
Series: Eerie Elementary (Book 1)
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (June 24, 2014)

Source: Bought

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Eerie Elementary is one scary school!

This series is part of
Scholastic’s early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at
newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest
content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books
will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers

In this first book in the series, Sam Graves discovers that
his elementary school is ALIVE! Sam finds this out on his first day as
the school hall monitor. Sam must defend himself and his fellow students
against the evil school! Is Sam up to the challenge? He’ll find out
soon enough: the class play is just around the corner. Sam teams up with
friends Lucy and Antonio to stop this scary school before it’s too

My Thoughts:

In the words of my first grade daughter, “This book will freak your
mind!” When Sam Graves is assigned as hall monitor, he has no idea just
how dangerous a job it is. He is positive the school is trying to eat
him, but nobody believes him except for a creepy old janitor. But at the
school play, the school becomes more dangerous than ever and it’s up to
Sam to save everyone.

My daughter loves creepy books that aren’t actually scary, so this was a
perfect choice for her. She loved it! It was such a fun book to read.
It was fast paced, action packed, and really spooky. I liked the way Sam
had to be brave and rescue his friends. I also liked the old janitor,
Mr. Nekobi. He was kind of creepy in his own way and the reader isn’t
sure he’s a good guy.

If you have a newly independent reader that likes spooky themes, give
this book a try. It’s a fully developed story with great characters and
lots of suspense. There are pictures in every page, too.

Content: mild suspense (the school is trying to eat children)


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    Tressa S
    October 11, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Okay. I'm sold. I'm going to go grab this for my daughter and she and my kindergartner can read it together. He would totally dig it. 🙂 Thanks, Dena!

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