TITLE: Professor Gargoyle & The Slither Sisters
AUTHOR: Gilman, Charles
RELEASED: 2012 – 2013
PUBLISHER: Quirk Books
GENRE: MG Horror
GOODREADS RATING: 3.69 – 3.92
TRIGGERS: bullying, murder
Strange things are happening at Lovecraft Middle School. Rats are leaping from lockers. Students are disappearing. The school library is a labyrinth of secret corridors. And the science teacher is acting very, very peculiar. Robert Arthurt knew that seventh grade was going to be weird, but this is ridiculous!
With the help of some unlikely new friends, Robert discovers there’s more to Lovecraft Middle School than meets the eye. Can he uncover the secrets of the school before it’s too late?
During the Short-a-thon, I was focused 150% on reading the first two books in the Lovecraft Middle School series. I’ve had the books for a while now and.. I honestly got frustrated by my postponing on reading them? Especially since they’re so small and short! But maybe it was due to my being a scaredy cat.. In any case, 2019 is the year I read them!
This might be weird, but I’m glad these two small Middle Grade books didn’t freak me out like I kind of expected them to. After reading Schwab’s City of Ghosts, I am very much aware how middle grade can still freak me out. I guess the writing was simply less.. descriptive, maybe? I didn’t mind at all! It read like a train and didn’t scare me so I’m taking that as a win.
I do like how, in the two books, our main character Robert makes some unexpected friends. Not only does he befriend a random girl, another character gets somewhat of a redemption arc I liked. I’m not too sure whether said character’s actions have been cleared enough, but the way the friendship came to be was.. done well enough in my opinion.
The story itself did grab me. Being 27 and reading middle grade, I expected to see all twists and turns coming and I did but it honestly didn’t bother me. And if it would bother you, being older than the audience the book is meant for, maybe you should.. I don’t know.. Realize the books weren’t written for you in the first place. Some people do forget that “small” detail when reviewing middle grade once in a while..
I don’t have anything bad to say about these books. I liked the writing, the events, the characters, the friendships built. They don’t feel very special to me, but I’m definitely keeping them around for Jamie to read one day and that has to count for something!
How often do you read books not necessarily meant for your age?
Do you find yourself having difficulty appreciating things that are written for another audience?
How do you deal with it?