Gilman, Charles. The Slither Sisters (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School#2)
15 January 2013, Quirk Books
Copy provided by publisher
Robert is back from his adventures in Professor Gargoyle, and his school is still a portal into the alternaverse of Tillinghast mansion, where the evil Crawford Tillignhast has been caught and is summoning the Great Old Ones to take over the world. The newest victims in his scheme are the Price sisters, whose bodies have been taken over by Medusa like creatures. In order to control the middle school students, Tillinghast is having Sarah run for student body president. Robert and his friends Glenn and the ghost Karina, aided by the librarian, Ms. Lavinia, try to foil this by having Robert run, since Howard Mergler doesn't stand a chance at defeating her. The forces of evil are strong, but Robert is determined not to win. He manages to best the sisters, but a new foe emerges and will have to be battled in Teacher's Pest, coming out in May of 2013.
Strengths: Again, a cool lenticular cover, and a Goosebumps type story-- scary, but nothing real. Robert is an engaging character, and there are some helpful teachers.Fast paced story with a good bit of action. Monsters are emerging as a popular topic.
Weaknesses: Robert didn't manage to save the Price sisters, so I'm a little concerned that Tillinghast is winning this battle. I'm never a big fan of study body president plots, so I had trouble believing this was a good way to take over the world!
Saw on Twitter (thanks to Jen Robinson) that boys are perhaps reading more with e readers. (http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/kfrr?utm_source=ReadingRockets.org&utm_medium=Twitter) I am just not seeing this. I've had to have three boys put away Kindle Fires because they were playing games on them, and when I asked what books they had loaded on the devices, all they had were things like Treasure Island and other oldies but freebies. It's been very difficult for me to help students with ebooks. Databases like the one for the Ohio E Book Project are becoming a little easier to browse, but many of the students who have e readers don't even have public library cards because their parents won't take them to the library! The avid readers who have devices often have purchased a good numbers of books, but they would have read anyway. Anyone wish to opine? I still think that cost is going to be a prohibitive factor just about everywhere.