The Slither Sisters: Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #2
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Slither Sisters is a goofy horror comedy that picks up right where the first book in the series, Professor Gargoyle, left off. There are in-jokes for readers familiar with Greek mythology and the writing of H.P. Lovecraft, and no objectionable language or bloody violence, but there are attacks by snakes, demons, and a harpy. The mayhem is cartoonish and intended to be comic.
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What's the Story?
Fresh from saving their school from a demonic teacher, Robert Arthur and former bully Glenn Torkells must contend with twin sisters who are actually snake-headed monsters from another dimension. The girls plan to win the student council race and then abduct the entire seventh grade. Aided by a ghostly girl and a two-headed rat, Robert and Arthur must find a way to upset the election without winding up captured by extradimensional monstrosities.
Is It Any Good?
THE SLITHER SISTERS: TALES FROM LOVECRAFT MIDDLE SCHOOL #2 matches the good-natured, horror comedy of the series' first volume. Robert and his former nemesis Glenn are a winning team, and their battles with creatures from horror fiction and mythology are action-packed and funny.
Some readers may wonder, however, whether the series will build into something more than just a chain of encounters with bizarre monsters. It would be good to see author Charles Gilman up the stakes in the next volume.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about why stories featuring monsters, ghosts, and demons are so popular What aspects of horror stories lend themselves to comedy?
Does it ever seem as if parents, teachers, or school administrators have a side of themselves that they never reveal to students?
Is participating in student government worthwhile? What kinds of changes can students effect through organizations such as a student council?
- Author: Charles Gilman
- Genre: Humor
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Quirk Books
- Publication date: January 15, 2013
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
- Number of pages: 160
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
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