9780061960987_p0_v2_s260x420Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Charlie Nukid and his friends feel like they might have had enough adventures for one lifetime, but the fun isn’t’t over yet. In this new addition to the Scary School saga, they take on their biggest challenge yet when they are selected as exchange students at Scream Academy. They immediately have to face the new principal, who just so happens to be the abominable snowman, some polter-bears (which are part poltergeist, part polar bear… of course), and one of their new teachers, who is none other than THE headless horseman. Unfortunately, those characters are the least of their problems when they realize an ancient prophecy might be ready to unravel. They are going to have to face the infamous Ice Dragon and Charles Nukid may or may not survive this final scare.

Scary School #3: The Northern Frights is written by Derek, an 11-year-old ghost who haunts the hallways of Scary School. This is his third book to date and he may or may not have time to write more as he is awfully busy trying to become a master ninja. He also enjoys comic books. A lot. Derek figures if the whole ninja thing doesn’t work out, he’ll stick with this author gig as it seems to be working out fairly well.

I thought Scary School was cute and cleverly written. A lot of the students in the school are obviously a play on famous monsters both in folklore and horror movies. The idea of the resident ghost being the author works out well as it gives the narrator the ability to flip back and forth between scenes and timelines without confusing the reader. I mean, he’s a ghost, he can float about anywhere he wants to, right? The adventures of Charles Nukid and his friends are fantastic, funny, and well written. I thought the author did a great job of appealing to the younger audience without dumbing down the writing and the story. Scott M. Fisher illustrated the book and I adored his drawings–they added to the story instead of distracting from it. This is a great book and a series that should be on any young reader’s shelf.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs and a cat called Number One Boots Kitten. She is a full time mom and enjoys writing short stories in her spare time. She also likes watching anime, reading books, and playing video games.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Harper Collins. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.