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{The School is Alive!: Jack Chabert}The School is Alive by Jack Chabert
Series: Eerie Elementary
Published by Scholastic Press on June 24, 2014
Genres: Childrens, Fantasy, Mystery
Pages: 96
Format: ARC
Source: Scholastic Press
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{Synopsis} – Eerie Elementary is one scary school!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

In this first book in the series, Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is ALIVE! Sam finds this out on his first day as the school hall monitor. Sam must defend himself and his fellow students against the evil school! Is Sam up to the challenge? He'll find out soon enough: the class play is just around the corner. Sam teams up with friends Lucy and Antonio to stop this scary school before it's too late!

{My thoughts} – Sam Graves attending his first day of school like any normal third grader would. He is called to the principals office where he is told he is to be the new Hall Monitor of the school. He doesn’t like this one bit and is not fond that he has to wear a not so nice looking orange sash. One his first morning as hall monitor he is almost eaten alive by quicksand out on the playground. He is saved at the last possible moment by Mr. Nekobi the school grounds keeper.

It takes awhile but soon Sam learns why he is hall monitor. He learns that it is his job since Mr. Nekobi can no longer protect the students of the school anymore to do just that. He tells his friends Antonio and Lucy what is going on, but they both laugh and don’t believe him. One day Antonio follows him and sees that he is training upon Mr. Nekobi’s instruction. He decides he will help Sam but he still doesn’t believe Sam that the school is alive. Lucy believes that both Antonio and Sam are losing their minds. Mr. Nekobi tells Sam to be ready because the school is planning something big, really big and hasn’t ate in quite some time.

Sam, Antonio and Lucy are practicing to be in the third grade Peter Pan play. Sam thinks that the school is going to strike the day of the play. Is Sam right? Can he save the children of the school? What happens the day of the play? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

I think this book is nicely written. The wording is simple and easy to understand and follow along with. I think that any child could enjoy this series. It kind of made me think of Goosebumps when I was reading it, a series I read when I was growing up. It has beautiful illustrations that go along nicely with the story within the pages of the book. It was truly a wonderful read.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.