“Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1: Professor Gargoyle” by Charles Gilman
Young Adult Literature is experiencing a renaissance of sorts right now, with an explosive rise in popularity triggered by a mighty combo known as “Harry Potter”/”Twilight”/”The Hunger Games.” They’re massive, they’re heavily marketed, they’re movies, and they’re everywhere.
Say what you will about any of those books, but they’re getting young people reading.
And that’s never a bad thing.
Quirk Books is getting in on the young adult boom with their new, and super clever, series, “Tales from Lovecraft Middle School.” In this series, a town’s students have been redistricted to attend a brand new state-of-the-art eco-friendly high-tech middle school where nothing is what is seems and creepy things are around every corner. There are secret rooms, two-headed rats, mysterious disappearing kids, and potentially monstrous teachers on top of the normal middle school headaches of bullies, where to sit at lunch, and class.
Geez. What’s a 7th grader to do?
In the first book of the series, “Professor Gargoyle,” we meet 12 year old Robert Arthur, our hero, and follow along with him as he realizes this fancy-schmancy new school has mysterious secrets. It’s a fun read, and shouldn’t be too difficult for younger readers. Robert is a likable hero. He’s not magical and doesn’t have any super powers. He’s just a normal kid in the middle of some crazy stuff. The book’s ending leaves the door wide open for more books in the series, which is a lot of fun as well.
I hope Quirk has a lot of success with this series, and look forward to reading the rest of them as they come out. This one’s going on the bookcase for a few years down the road, some October when my son wants to read something scary but isn’t quite old enough for the original Lovecraft yet.