School of Phantoms

School of Phantoms

By:  Kory Merritt

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In this spine-tingling follow-up to No Place for Monsters, which Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney called "wildly imaginative and totally terrifying," a group of unlikely friends must band together to protect their town from the monsters that are threatening to destroy it.

The storm is coming. Who will survive?

It’s been months since Levi and Kat defeated the Boojum and rescued their town’s forgotten children. But now the strangeness has started again: hundreds of creepy snowmen pop up across town and a bizarre blizzard hits the day before spring break.

Being trapped in the school overnight by freak weather is bad enough. But an evil is lurking . . . one far worse than ice and wind. Worse than power outages. Even worse than being stuck with teachers and annoying classmates.

Something is roaming the darkened school halls. Something . . . hungry. Now it’s up to a small group of student survivors—along with some supernatural helpers—to uncover the cold-hearted menace before it takes the entire school.

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  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358193326

  • ISBN-10: 035819332X

  • Pages: 368

  • Price: $14.99

  • Publication Date: 09/14/2021

  • Carton Quantity: 24

  • Age(s): 8,9,10,11,12

  • Grade(s): 3-7

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Kory Merritt
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Kory Merritt

Kory Merritt is a former public school art teacher from western New York who enjoys reading weird stories, looking for strange wildlife, and drawing creepy monsters. In addition to teaching, Kory previously worked as an illustrator for the online game franchise Poptropica and its spin-off book series.www.korymerritt.com, Facebook: @korymerrittauthor, Twitter and Instagram: @koryjmerritt
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  • reviews

    ★ "The spooky, inked illustrations set the perfect mood for intrigue, suspense, and flashes of true terror. Levi and Kat’s friendship remains charming, and the new characters add just enough to the dynamics to feel earned rather than like obligatory add-ons. This is a smart sequel, one that organically evolves the characters and their peculiar world, dropping breadcrumbs and hints that set up for a third entry while maintaining focus on the monsters at hand....A spine-tingling sequel that is well worth readers’ time." —Kirkus, STARRED review 

     

    ★ "A beautifully creepy tale that even those who haven’t read the first title will appreciate. This interactive text encourages readers to engage in the critically important skill of 'reading with a discerning eye' and learning 'to separate fact from hoax,' as readers are invited to play detective with the evidence ­provided....Illustrations enhance the tone as it shifts from spooky to c­omedic. This must-read science- and nature-infused horror story is a rare text that truly ­captivates and stimulates readers’ minds and imaginations."—School Library Journal, STARRED review 

     

    Praise for No Place for Monsters

     

    “Wildly imaginative and totally terrifying—No Place for Monsters will scare you silly!”—Jeff Kinney, New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

    "No Place For Monsters is like a haunted-house version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Kory Merritt’s wonderfully scary drawings will keep you turning the pages through this truly spooky adventure."—Brian Selznick, New York Times bestselling author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck 

     

    "No Place for Monsters is so striking, it leaves an after image. You'll be seeing the art long after you've shut your eyes for the night. Kory Merritt’s vision of monsters in our world is terrifying and unforgettable.” —Max Brallier, New York Times bestselling author of the Last Kids on Earth series 

     

  • excerpts
    Chapter 2

    Kat stopped recording and pocketed her phone. “Want to come to my house tonight? We can edit the footage we shot.” 

          “Not tonight,” said Levi. “It’s a school night.” 

          “So? It’s the last couple days before spring break. Those hardly count as school days.” 

          “Doesn’t feel like spring,” said Twila as she kicked at a slushy snow clump. 

          “I’m sure it’ll warm up soon,” said Levi, “and all these weird snowmen will melt.” 

          “What do you guys really think about the snowmen?” asked Twila. “Do you think they’re at all connected to”—her voice dropped to a whisper—“. . . the Boojum?” 

          Levi’s forehead creased with worry lines. “The Boojum is gone. We beat it. And no other kids have disappeared since then.” 

          “We don’t know that for sure,” said Kat. “It can erase people’s memories. For all we know, it could still be hiding somewhere, stealing kids away, and it’s like they never existed.” 

          “Right,” agreed Levi reluctantly. “Gotta be careful. But I bet these snowmen are just a prank.” He gave Kat a sideways look. “You swear you didn’t—” 

          “I told you, it wasn’t me!” snapped Kat. “There’s no way I could build all these snowmen in one night!” She patted her phone. “That’s why this documentary is going to be so important. Everyone needs to see that something is haunting Cowslip Grove.” 

          “Maybe we should ask Willow about the snowmen,” said Twila. 

          “Tomorrow’s the day I volunteer at the wildlife clinic,” said Levi. “I’ll ask Willow when I see her then.” 

          “Can I come with you?” asked Twila. “I was telling a kid in my class about the animals at the clinic, and he wants to see them.” 

          Levi shook his head. “We can’t let strangers know about Willow.” 

          Twila folded her arms. “So she’s just going to stay in hiding forever?” 

          “Look, we can debate this later,” said Levi. “Right now we’d better get home. The sun’s setting.” 

          “Wow,” said Kat. “Big brother bossy man!” 

          Levi ignored this. “Come on, Twila.” 

          Twila was staring at the nearest snowman. 

          “Twila!” 

          Twila pulled her gaze away from the snowman and smiled sheepishly. “Sorry. I just thought, for a second . . . Ah, forget it.” 

          “What?” 

          “Nothing. Just . . . I don’t know. I could have sworn that snowman was facing the other way.”

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  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358193326

  • ISBN-10: 035819332X

  • Pages: 368

  • Price: $14.99

  • Publication Date: 09/14/2021

  • Carton Quantity: 24

  • Age(s): 8,9,10,11,12

  • Grade(s): 3-7

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