Sunday, August 25, 2013

Substitute Creature by Charles Gilman

Here's another creepy tale from Lovecraft Middle School.  It's the fourth in the series and I've read them all.  If your child has found these, they're going to want this one, too!

Quirk Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  The book will be published September 24th, so make a note to check with your local bookstore then.

It's Valentine's Day and the school is putting on a big performance that afternoon.  Robert Arthur has big plans for the day, he's going to give Korina a Valentine's Day card.  However, Glenn changes his mind.  He drags him off to go through one of the portals into the adjacent world to save the world.  Of course, it doesn't work out that way.  They are stuck on the outside of the building on the ledge and no one can hear them call.  How will they get down?

You know there is something odd going on when the substitute librarian's name is Miss Carcasse and they are having a blizzard just at the school and surrounding area.  A few students and teachers get stuck at the school overnight.  And this particular night evil is going to be about...

I liked this book best of the whole series.  Robert ends up with a terrible choice to make and while he's still muddling over it, it's made for him.  While this is middle school horror and fantasy, that choice made the story more real.

The ending gives you a clue about the plot for the next story, too.  It should be even more interesting.  I'm enjoying Mr. Gilman's work.  Share it with the middle schoolers in your life; they'll like them, too.

Happy reading.

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