Win a copy of Scary School! Details at the end of this post.


I suppose the proper way to start an introduction is with an introduction, so…Hello! My name is Derek The Ghost. What’s yours? I know your probably didn’t say your name out loud just now, but I read your mind, and I want you to know that I think you have a fantastic name.

How did I read your mind? Let me tell you.

Last year, when I was just eleven years old, I died in science class. One of Mr. Acidbath’s experiments went terribly wrong (more about that later), but things like that happen all the time at Scary School, so nobody made a big fuss about it. Right after class they simply wheeled out my charred corpse, and the next class walked in without so much as a blink. Scary School is a very strange place.

Excerpt© 2011 Derek Taylor Kent

About the book:

SCARY SCHOOL details the spine-tingling and outrageous happenings at a school where monsters and normal kids tread the halls together and just making it to lunch with all your limbs intact is considered a good day. Teachers include Ms. Fang, a 850-year-old vampire, Dr. Dragonbreath, who just might eat you before recess, and Principal Headcrusher, who, well, the name says it all. Things get extra scary this year when the school is chosen to host the annual Ghoul Games––a junior-olympic event between all the “scary” schools in the world. The winners get to eat the losers! Faced with their superior monster opponents, it’s do or die for the normal kids at SCARY SCHOOL. Together they hatch a plan that will change the future of SCARY SCHOOL forever.

What people are saying:

“Kent takes school integration to a new level with breezy tales of ‘learning, horror, and mayhem’ at a grade school attended by a mix of humans and monsters.”–Kirkus Reviews

“I died laughing.”–Dan Gutman, author of My Weird School Series

Released: June 21, 2011

About the author:

Derek Taylor Kent started writing children’s books at the age of 15. Many of his other children’s books have gone on to become films and children’s plays with sold-out runs at Los Angeles theaters. Derek has also worked as a counselor at camps and after-school programs, overseeing creative writing activities and arts & crafts. Derek also teaches Children’s Writing and Young Adult writing for The Los Angeles Writing Pad. For more information about Derek T. Kent and SCARY SCHOOL, please visit:


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