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The school is alive!
Chabert, Jack, author.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2014]
Physical Description:
90 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is alive and plotting against the students, and, as hall monitor, it is his job to protect them--but he will need some help from his friends.
Reading Level:
460 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 1.0 167350.
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J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Series
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Series
J FICTION Juvenile Fiction Series

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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 grow!

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 late!

Author Notes

Jack Chabert is a pen name for Max Brallier, bestselling author of the Eerie Elementary series with Scholastic Branches, The Last Kids on Earth series, and the Galactic Hot Dogs series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Who wants to be the hall monitor at a school called Eerie Elementary? Not Sam Graves, that's for sure. He is a little embarrassed by the shiny orange sash he has to wear as he patrols the halls, but when the playground sand tries to eat him, and the school caretaker, Mr. Nakobi, tells him that it's Sam's job to keep the malevolent brick building in check, Sam can't tell whether Mr. Nakobi is crazy or he is. Dynamic, cartoonish illustrations amp up the action, and fun onomatopoeia provides atmosphere Pow! Pow! as a vending machine fires water bottles at Sam, and CHOMP! CHOMP! when a pile of metal folding chairs menaces the third-grade cast of Peter Pan. Sam's friends Antonio and Lucy are by his side (once he convinces them he hasn't lost his mind), but a sentient, evil school is not a peril to be taken lightly. Readers who relish the action of Dav Pilkey's Ricky Ricotta series and the just-beyond-safe scares of R. L. Stine's Rotten School titles may want to enroll at Eerie Elementary.--Willey, Paula Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Sam is Eerie Elementary's newest (and only) hall monitor. He figures it will be a boring job and probably one that earns him enemies. He doesn't count on the school itself being enemy number one. After nearly being swallowed by quicksand and then attacked by a fire hose, Sam is ready to find answers. Could the school be alive? Are all the students in danger, or is it just Sam the school wants? When a play draws all of Eerie Elementary together in one location, the school makes its move. The counterattack is up to Sam. Illustrations are done in a fuzzy outline style that makes them appear not quite solid. While they fit the spooky theme, a few of them are hazy enough to be slightly distracting. That small quibble aside, the text and art are a good match. Give this early chapter book to readers who want something scary but aren't ready for the "Goosebumps" or "Scream Street" series.-Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.