If you're like me, you probably remember fondly visits to the library and the local bookstore when you were a child. You probably remember picking out a book, and not being able to wait to get home to start reading it. You probably remember cracking it open, right there in the bookstore/library aisles, to consume those first words.
I love those memories. Back then I was reading anything by R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike, and also my favorite A Wrinkle in Time.
|The Slither Sisters|
Lovecraft Middle School
Released January 15, 2013
The thing is, I still love those books. I still love the stories they tell, about life and monsters and amazingly imagined creatures. About children stepping up to do battle with evil forces from other realms. About children seeing what the adults around them could not, and doing something about it.
That's why I'm madly in love with Lovecraft Middle School, a middle grade (young reader) series from Quirk Books.
And that's why, when I received the second installment (The Slither Sisters) in the mail late last week, I got that feeling I remember with such happiness. I couldn't wait to crack it open and start reading.
Since I was reading something else, I forced myself to wait...but I only lasted two nights.
I had to read it.
Back in the first installment, Professor Gargoyle, we're introduced to Robert Arthur, a middle school misfit at fancy new school. Only problem? He learns pretty quickly the fancy new school is a portal to another dimension, with gateways leading into the Tillinghast Manor, a house run by a mad scientist and home to a world full of monstrous creatures. They want to take over the students at Lovecraft Middle School, and ultimately Robert and his small crew of equally-misfit friends are able to stop them.
In The Slither Sisters, the story follows Robert as he attempts to foil the latest plan for student domination. This plan is from within. Twin sisters Sylvia and Sarah Price have been possessed by the bad guys. They're snake-like demons with a big plan: Sarah will become Student Council President, and as the student body leader will one by one lead all the students to their doom.
Now, the lack of actual power held by any student council president I ever knew notwithstanding, this is another fun read. The monsters are particularly monstrous (snake-girls with Medusa hair), the danger is ever-present (the girls are pretty much stalking Robert by the end), and it ends with a lovely little twist that I'll admit: I didn't quite see coming. There are new allies (including a fella in scuba-gear), new bad guys (little monsters that wash up on shore at a nearby beach), and a particular disgusting swim through a slimy, icky pond.
In short: this is another fun book, and I can't wait for my 4 year old to be able to read it someday.
And I, in turn, am already looking forward to the next one. And toward reliving my childhood by reading another fun, creepy little book.