Eerie Elementary series

Book review by
Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Spooky tales of kids at a school that's alive and angry.

Parents say

age 5+
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Kids say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

Never give up. Support your friends and do what you can to help keep them safe. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.


What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySylviaWilder December 18, 2018

It’s not terrible

My 5 year old daughter got this book as a birthday present and she absolutely loves it! She’s been telling me about the events in the book and she’s already rea... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old November 17, 2017


The book is scary for young kids, but I first read the first two books in the series when I was 6. My teacher made us read it for a reading group. This book is... Continue reading

What's the story?

Sam thinks it's the worst job around when old Mr. Nekobi chooses him to be the new hall monitor at EERIE ELEMENTARY. But he soon finds out that the job is about more than wearing an ugly orange sash and making sure other students get to class on time. The hall monitor is in life-threatening danger, and must make sure that the school doesn't destroy the students, teachers, and everything in its path. Eerie Elementary School is alive, and the spirit of mad scientist Orson Eerie won't give up. Sam and his friends Lucy and Antonio are grabbed, thrown, chased, and trapped,  and they have to defeat the living school without letting anyone know their secret.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the kids at Eerie Elementary face their fears. When they're scared and in danger, what do you think keeps them focused on trying to stop the school from attacking everyone?

  • What would you do if you found out that being the hall monitor meant you'd have to defend the school, not just tell kids to get to class?

  • What other books are about scary or strange times at school?

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For kids who love ghost stories and school tales

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