A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Even though the series is set in a school, it's the problem-solving moments that provide the real education. Sam, Antonio, and Lucy have to overcome their fear and find ways to solve some scary situations, and they rely on logic, intuition, and straight-up determination to get it done.
Never give up. Support your friends and do what you can to help keep them safe.
Positive Role Models
The kids never give up, even when it seems like they'll never make it out alive, and their first concerns are always about supporting their friends and keeping them safe.
Violence & Scariness
Except for a few pages in the beginning and end of the books, the kids are in almost constant danger from a school that wants to destroy them. The tension could be too much for young readers prone to nightmares, or anyone sensitive to scary situations.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jack Chabert's Eerie Elementary series is full of fast-paced ghost stories set in a universally familiar location: elementary school. The kids who have been secretly tasked with saving the school and everyone in it are always in danger, attacked by mysterious trees, swamps, playground structures, lockers, and more. These stories, packed with kids in dangerous situations, can be a little much for younger or more sensitive readers, but they're thoroughly enjoyable and fun to read.
Is It Any Good?
With kid-eating playground sets, attacking boilers, surprise labyrinths, and more, these books are for young readers who enjoy fast-paced, scary stories. The writing is engaging and the tension is high; sometimes it seems like any or all of the kids are going to die. Kids will enjoy reading about scary things that happen at school, and probably not realize that they're learning how to use logic to solve big problems or how to work cooperatively. The vocabulary is slightly advanced for younger readers, but the books will be a scary breeze for readers comfortable with chapter books.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.