Sunday, May 19, 2013

Teacher's Pest (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #3) by Charles Gilman

Review based on ARC.

The best part about reading a good series is when the books get better as they progress.  This one does not disappoint.

Teacher's Pest is the best yet in the series of the Tales From Lovecraft Middle School.  The book begins with Robert and Glenn beginning a day like any other day in the life of a middle schooler.  Unlike the first two books in the series, however, a sudden twist in the beginning of the story leaves you questioning the allegiances of even the most faithful of Robert's friends.

Glenn is bitten by an unusual looking, purple-bellied wasp, and his behavior suddenly and dramatically changes.  Not only is Robert left wondering if his friend is ok and what it will take to bring him back around, but he is also left largely alone to deal with the new plot of Tillinghast to take over the school and the world.

At the end of Book 2 (Slither Sisters), Howard Mergler has been named Student Council President as a result of Robert's gracious actions.  As we learn at the end of Book 2, however, Howard is yet another demon-in-disguise and part of Tillinghast's plan.  In addition to the purple wasp that Glenn was subject to, the entire school is overrun with creepy crawlers of all varieties.  Howard Mergler promises the school that the creepy crawlers will all be gone by the end of the day, but in Robert's investigations, a more sinister plot is discovered.

Teacher's Pest is not only an entertaining story and a quick read, but it also contains morals and friend-lessons and is, overall, promising to be an excellent series.

I highly recommend for 8+ readers with a penchant for the unusual!
FIVE of five stars.

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