The Northern Frights
The Northern Frights

Series: Scary School Vol. 3   

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Annotation: Charles Nukid and his friends are chosen to be exchange students at Scary School's terrifying counterpart, Scream Academy, where they encounter polter-bears, abominable snowmen, trolls, and the dreaded Ice Dragon.
Catalog Number: #5394450
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Illustrator: Fischer, Scott M.,
Pages: 243 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-06-196098-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-196098-7
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2012022160
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Whether Charles Nukid will survive in this third volume "written" by Derek the Ghost never comes into question, but just how he and his friends will set their monster world right is unclear until the end. An uneven tone that wavers between (unsuccessful) humor and horror is paired with clumsy dialogue that make this a miss even for monster lovers. Black-and-white sketches are mildly funny.
School Library Journal
Gr 3&11;6&12; Youngsters familiar with the earlier books in this series would be the best audience for this lackluster addition, as frequent references are made to characters and plot developments without adequate explanation. Eleven-year-old Derek the Ghost introduces the story by telling readers about the latest challenge for the Scary School students: They must participate as exchange students at their evil counterpart-Scream Academy. Characters are silly and one-dimensional, such as Penny Possum (who hides like a possum in the back of the classroom) and Jason (who wears a white hockey mask like the horror-movie character). Conflicts are resolved without much fight. The students encounter some creepy characters, including witches, trolls, and an ice dragon, but they offer little suspense in a fairly predictable plot. Marsha Jones's "Ghostville Elementary" (Scholastic), Dan Gutman's "My Weird School" (HarperCollins), and Debbie Dadey's "Bailey School Kids" (Scholastic) series are better selections for kids who enjoy the funny scary genre.&12; Julie Shatterly, W.A. Bess Elementary School, Gastonia, NC
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Word Count: 36,331
Reading Level: 5.6
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.6 / points: 6.0 / quiz: 166000 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.5 / points:9.0 / quiz:Q63322
Lexile: 840L

In The Northern Frights, the third book in the spooky Scary School series, 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? The illustrated Scary School trilogy by Derek the Ghost, with its mix of humor, scares, and adventure, is a perfect pick for middle-grade readers of the Wayside School series and the Zach Files books.

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