Monster Adventures from 2012

Genres: Christian Fiction, Juvenile, Juvenile Fiction

Through out the last few months there have been some fun monster adventures to come through HarperCollins. Some for before October of course, but others just now in the end of December are jumping out to surprise you!

I started in on reading both Always October and the second book from the Scary School series and I consider myself a fan and cannot wait to share these with my girls once they’re ready and would probably recommend them to my nieces and nephew as well. Fully of silly monsters and fun, page turners too.

Always October by Bruce Coville
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Humorous Stories
Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
Pages: 384 Jacketed Hardcover
Date Published: August 28th, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s

A stirring adventure of monsters, saving the world, and the bond between brothers by storyteller supreme Bruce Coville

No doubt about it, little brothers can be monsters. For sixth grader Jake Doolittle, those words are more than just an expression. Instead, they perfectly describe the way his adoptive brother, LD, sprouts pointy ears, thick fur, and fangs in moonlight.

Not only is LD a monster…. Other monsters have plans for him. But together with his friend “Weird Lily” Carker, Jake isn’t about to let anything happen to the baby. The little guy is still his brother, even if it turns out that LD may be the key to saving the world-or destroying it.

In his 100th novel, master of comic suspense Bruce Coville presents a tale of ominous dangers and hairbreadth escapes, of the conflict between forces of dark and light, and of the lengths to which one boy will go to save his brother-monster or not.

Bruce Coville‘s books have sold more than sixteen million copies. His popular titles include My Teacher Is an Alien, Into the Land of the Unicorns, and Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. Always October is his 100th book.

Bruce lives in Syracuse, New York, and you can visit him online at

Scary School, #2 Monsters on the March by Derek the Ghost
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Humorous Stories
Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
Pages: 256 Jacketed Hardcover
Date Published: June 26th, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s

aving a teacher who might eat you? Being attacked by an army of monsters! In this follow-up to Scary School, Charles Nukid and his scary friends visit the Monster Kingdom and incur the wrath of the Monster King.
As winners of last year’s Ghoul Games, the students of Scary School are off to the Monster Forest to meet Zog, the Monster King. School may be scary, but the Forest has a few frights of its own, including:

• Bearodactyls-so terrifying we can’t even show you pictures of them
• Princess Zogette, King Zog’s toad-faced daughter, who falls for Charles Nukid…hard
• Captain Pigbeard, fearsome leader of the monster-pirates and Princess Zogette’s fiancée (well, former fiancée, thanks to Charles…)

When Zogette follows Charles to Scary School, King Zog and Captain Pigbeard raise their armies and chase after her. But the monsters have no idea who-or what-they’re dealing with….

In this clever, funny sequel to the frighteningly hilarious Scary School, Charles, Penny Possum, Dr. Dragonbreath, and all the students and teachers prove that scary monsters are no match for Scary School!


Derek the Ghost is an eleven-year-old ghost who haunts the classrooms and hallways of Scary School writing down all the spine-tingling, often hilarious things that go on there. Despite his ghostly state, Derek still enjoys reading comic books and hopes to one day become a master ninja. If that doesn’t work out, he will continue to share the fun of this very special, very secret school, so all kids can experience the scariest school on Earth. Derek the Ghost communicates through first-time ghost whisperer Derek Taylor Kent, who is a writer and performer in Los Angeles, CA. You can visit both Dereks online at

Case File 13: Zombie Kid by J. Scott Savage
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure
Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
Pages: 288 Hardcover
Date Published: December 26th, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s

A breakout new tween series following three monster-obsessed boys who must solve fiendishly funny mysteries in their creepy hometown
Nick, Carter, and Angelo are obsessed with all things monster. Okay, so it might be borderline weird, but at least at Halloween they get to show off their monster knowledge and elaborate homemade costumes.

But this year a surprise trip to the house of an aunt who may or may not have been a voodoo queen lands Nick with a cursed amulet and throws a major wrench into the boys’ Halloween plans. It turns out the amulet makes its bearer-that would be Nick-into a zombie, and to him and his friends, that is just…awesome!

At least at first. Then the whole zombie thing starts to get a little out of hand (literally!), and the boys have to go on a chilling adventure to reverse the curse-one that involves a talking cat, a skeleton who likes candy corn, and even the dreaded Zombie King himself.

For readers who like light chills with their laughs, Case File 13 is a satisfying new series that blends irreverent humor, page-turning adventure, a mysterious narrator, and the kind of authentic characters that will leave young readers convinced this story is about their own best friends.


J . Scott Savage has been hunting for and writing about monsters for as long as he can remember. His mother believes his first word might have been “lycanthrope,” and the first thing he bought with the money he earned delivering newspapers was a six-foot plastic Frankenstein monster. Currently he lives with his undead wife, Jennifer, his shape-changing sons, Jacob and Nicolas, and a collie named Pepper that howls at full moons and joins him on his frequent midnight graveyard excursions. When he is not researching grisly and gruesome facts, he enjoys reading, writing, and exploring the outdoors. Savage is also the author of the middle-grade fantasy series Farworld. You can visit him on his blog ( or on Twitter (@jscottsavage).

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