Saturday, January 11, 2014
Substitute Creature by Charles Gilman
When a giant nor’easter dumps a blanket of snow on the village of Dunwich, Massachussetts, Robert Arthur and his friends find themselves marooned inside Lovecraft Middle School. The kids have no choice but to spend the night—while snacking on cafeteria food, sleeping on classroom floors, and facing off against a mysterious substitute teacher who may have a sinister secret. The latest adventure in the Lovecraft Middle School series features more adventures, more outrageous monsters, and another terrifying lenticular cover!
For those that follow my reviews, you know how much I love the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series. It is my favorite middle grade series that I have read in 2013. In fact, I think it might be better than Percy Jackson.
Substitute Creature was no exception. It might be my favorite book in the series so far. The cover is definitely the creepiest one. I love these covers, and how they change. I've never seen another cover do that, and pull it off as well as this series does.
I enjoyed this book the most out of the series. The reader gets to see a lot of character growth. Robert and Glenn become much more mature by the end of the book. Karina... well, she grows in her own way. I don't want to say anything that might spoil the book, but something amazing ends up happening to her. We see first loves start to form as well.
The illustrations are wonderfully drawn. They really help you to see a detailed version of what's happening in the book in your head. My favorite illustration is the one of Robert and Mac on top of the school roof, looking out at the city. It's beautiful.
I think Substitute Creature had the biggest cliffhanger of the series so far. We've been through all sorts of crazy cliffhangers in this series, but none of them compare to this one. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out. I want to know what Robert's mom's reaction is to the information they gave her.
I give Substitute Creature: 5/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, Quirk Books, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.