Monsters on the March (Scary School #2) by Derek Taylor Kent, alias Derek the Ghost (HarperCollins, 2012, 256pp.)
In this sequel to Scary School—a playful tale that chronicled the goings-on at an elementary school for human and monster attendees—the students find themselves shuttled to the Albanian court of King Zog as a reward for surviving last year’s grueling Ghoul Games. Their host, King Zog, is the nicest, most well-behaved, pleasantest-smelling monster you could ever meet. Just don’t insult him, or pick your nose in his presence—that’s the quickest way to dismemberment. So after someone sneezes—rather unapologetically, I might add—during the court’s welcome assembly, Zog declares all-out war on Scary School. Now, once again, it’s up to the intrepid students and faculty to save their beloved school before they’re torn to pieces by Zog’s fearsome army of karate-practicing monsters and monster pirate allies. A sequel as charming and irreverent as its predecessor. Recommended to Ages 9-12.
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