Synopses & Reviews
"The Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series launches with a story that pays tribute to the tentacled horrors from the imagination of H.P. Lovecraft. Seventh-grader Robert Arthur (nods to Heinlein and Clarke, perhaps?) is part of the first class to attend state-of-the-art Lovecraft Middle School; unfortunately for Robert, the only kid he knows is a bully from his old school, Glenn Torkells. It's soon apparent that things at Lovecraft are not what they seem: a plague of rats freaks out the student body on the first day, and Robert discovers a mysterious attic in the school's expansive library. When students start to disappear, Robert, Glenn, and Robert's new friend Karina try to figure out what's going on and what it has to do with surly science teacher Professor Garfield Goyle (the book's eye-catching lenticular cover shows Goyle morphing from bearded teacher to red demon). Smith's occasional b&w spot illustrations contribute to the otherworldly atmosphere; fans of Goosebumps and other lightly creepy fare will look forward to spending more time with a series that even manages to find the dark side of recycling. Ages 9 up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“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!
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
About the Author
Charles Gilman is an alias of Jason Rekulak, an editor who lives in Philadelphia with his wife and children. When he's not dreaming up new tales of Lovecraft Middle School, he's biking along the fetid banks of the Schuylkill River, in search of two-headed rats and other horrific beasts.