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substitutecreatureThis is the fourth book in the TALES FROM LOVECRAFT MIDDLE SCHOOL series, and as I expected, it delights. The series begins with PROFESSOR GARGOYLE. Each hardcover features a lenticular image that shifts a normal teacher or student into his/her/their demonic alter egos, an image that foreshadows the story within. The premise: Robert Arthur is moved to Lovecraft Middle School, a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility built over the old Tillinghast Mansion site. Oops. Naturally, a connection to the old mansion (which mysteriously disappeared with its inhabitants) still exists, and even more naturally, Robert is the one to find it. In this installment, it is nearly Valentine’s Day and Lovecraft Middle School, among other more supernatural occurrences, also has to deal with a blizzard. It’s Robert to the rescue, along with his best friend (and former bully), his two-headed rat, and a ghost. There are plenty of otherworldly creatures and mild scares, making this an excellent readaloud for a Lovecraft-fan parent to his/her horror-loving child. If you’ve read Lovecraft, the references will tickle you, but you won’t be lost if you haven’t.

Highly recommended for reluctant readers who need a page-turner, anyone who enjoys horror, and boys who only like books with boy protagonists.

Source disclosure: I received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher.

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