The story you are about to read is true.

If parents or teachers try to tell you otherwise, don’t believe them. They’re part of the conspiracy, trying to make you believe in chocolate chip cookies and happy endings, while secretly they plot your doom.

They definitely don’t want you knowing about places like Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys.

It’s possible they’ve already begun filling out your application.

Cody Mack had never heard of Splurch Academy. He had no idea he was in danger, just from a few disruptive stunts here and there.

And look what happened to him.

Wait. You don’t know yet what happened to him. But you will.

This book is here to warn you, to save you from a fate like Cody’s. I won’t say, “Stop being disruptive forever,” because I might as well tell a hound not to bark, but I will say, “You might want to tone it down a notch,” or just, “Keep a very close eye on your parents,” and maybe also, “Look through their papers to see if they’ve been in contact with Dr. Archibald Farley, the headmaster.”

You don’t yet know who Dr. Archibald Farley is, or why you should fear him.

It’s far safer to meet Dr. Farley in the pages of this book than to face him in real life.

Read and be warned. Read and be wise. Read and know what really happens to disruptive boys once they’ve crossed that line.

I suspect you still don’t believe me.

In that case, all I can say is farewell.

And good luck.

Excerpt copyright © 2010 Julie Berry

About the book:

Splurch Academy is the last thing Cody suspects when he’s summoned down to Principal Small’s office for yet another misdeed. Something’s clearly creepy about Dr. Archibald Farley, the headmaster, but neither Principal Small nor Cody’s parents seem to notice. They sign him over to Dr. Farley’s care at the remote boarding school, confident they’re doing the very best thing possible for feisty fifth-grade Cody.

But there’s a little problem.

Dr. Farley’s a vampire. His crew of vile teachers are bone-wrenching, blood-sucking, kid-eating monsters. And reform is the last thing on anyone’s mind at this reform school. Will Cody make it to Christmas break? For that matter, will he even survive the first night? Monsters-meet-mad science-meet naughty boy mayhem in this new series by sisters Julie Berry and Sally Gardner.

Release date: August 19, 2010

About the Author:

Julie Berry holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and an MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four young sons. The Amaranth Enchantment (2009 Bloomsbury) was her first book, followed by The Rat Brain Fiasco and Curse of the Bizarro Beetle, the first two titles in the Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys series of comic/graphic novels.  (2010 Grosset & Dunlap/Penguin Books for Young Readers).  Her latest book, Secondhand Charm, released October 12, 2010 from Bloomsbury.