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This second novel in the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series begins right where Professor Gargoyle ended.  Seventh-grader Robert Arthur has discovered that two of his classmates are actually sinister snake-women in disguise. Even worse, his new middle school is full of “gates” to a terrifying alternate dimension – a haunted mansion full of strange spirits and monstroThis second novel in the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series begins right where Professor Gargoyle ended.  Seventh-grader Robert Arthur has discovered that two of his classmates are actually sinister snake-women in disguise. Even worse, his new middle school is full of “gates” to a terrifying alternate dimension – a haunted mansion full of strange spirits and monstrous beasts.  For Robert to protect his teachers and classmates, he'll need to return to this haunted dimension with his best friends Glenn and Karina.   Can they uncover the secrets of Lovecraft Middle School before it's too late?  The Slither Sisters features more bizarre beasts, more strange mysteries, and more adventure.  It's perfect for readers ages 10 and up. Best of all, the cover features a state-of-the-art “morphing” photo portrait – so you can personally witness the sisters transforming into their slithering alter egos.  You won't believe your eyes!...

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The Slither Sisters Reviews

  • Katy
    2019-06-10 06:11

    Book Info: Genre: Urban FantasyReading Level: Middle Grade (10 on up)Recommended for: fans of MG adventure series with Lovecraftian overtones.Trigger Warnings: SnakesDisclosure: I bought this book for myself because I so enjoyed Professor Gargoyle, the first book in the series. All opinions are my own.Synopsis: Seventh-grader Robert Arthur has discovered that two of his classmates are actually sinister snake-women in disguise. Even worse, his new middle school is full of “gates” to a terrifying alternate dimension–a haunted mansion full of strange spirits and monstrous beasts.  For Robert to protect his teachers and classmates, he'll need to return to this haunted dimension with his best friends Glenn and Karina.  Can they uncover the secrets of Lovecraft Middle School before it's too late? My Thoughts: I just finished re-reading the first book in this fun series, Professor Gargoyle (review linked here where formatting allowed). These are very quick reads, since they’re illustrated and large print on small pages.Things are becoming weirder at Lovecraft Middle School. Robert is learning a few people he can trust, but there is always treachery lurking where it is least expected. Just brilliant and a lot of fun.I was a little annoyed by an illustration of a snake with rattles on its tail and fangs when the text was talking about a boa. Boas do not have fangs, and only rattlesnakes have rattles on their tails. That was just sloppy on the part of the illustrator, trying to make the snake look more menacing. Other than that the illustrations were fun; I especially liked the first one in the book, of the principal’s office, with a huge, worried portrait of H.P. Lovecraft himself behind the secretary’s desk. Mr. Loomis, however, looks like just a taller student rather than a teacher in the one toward the back where he is featured. At first I was confused and thought it was Howard Mergler.If you enjoy a fun adventure with Lovecraftian overtones, you can’t go wrong with this enjoyable middle-grade adventure series. I know I’m eager for the third book in the series, Teacher’s Pest, due out in May 2013! This time I’ll try to be patient to see if it comes out through Vine before I buy it for myself; if I had waited one week, I could have had this one free through Vine, but no, I had to be impatient and buy it myself...

  • Martin Rondina
    2019-06-03 07:49

    Segundo libro de los misterios del Instituto Lovecraft, me encantó!! Igual de entretenido que su primer tomo "El Profesor Gárgola" me encanta la fluidez de la historia, los personajes y el argumento de este volumen, donde continuaremos con las aventuras de Robert, Glenn y Karina dentro del Instituto, quienes deberán enfrentarse a unas protagonistas muy peculiares, las mellizas viperinas y pasar por un sin fin de pruebas, aventuras y desafíos personales. Recomiendo muchísimo estas historias, son juveniles y muy entretenidas!! Merecidas 5 estrellas!Me divertí mucho leyendo este libro junto al amor de mi vida, si estás leyendo esto, bonita, sabé que te amo!

  • Coos Burton
    2019-05-18 08:07

    Segundo libro en la serie de "Misterios del Instituto Lovecraft", y estas historias cada vez se ponen mejores. En esta ocasión, quedé gratamente sorprendida por el final, fue algo que sin duda no esperaba. El libro se lee increíblemente rápido, aparte de ser muy divertido, la historia tiene una cantidad importante de referencias al mundo lovecraftiano (como ya lo sugiere el nombre de estos libros), cosa que a mi me fascina. Tuve la hermosa oportunidad de compartir esta lectura con una persona que significa mucho para mí, por lo que tuvo un toque doblemente especial. Sin duda un libro que atesoraré por el resto de mis días, y una historia que tendrá siempre un lugar en mi corazón.

  • Darrell
    2019-05-28 07:17

    Well I finished book one and two today. I really like this series. I kind of wish the book was a lttle bigger. It is a children's book so I am happy that it is short and sweet. This book has filled in some of the parts of the fourth book talked about. Well if I did not read the fourth book first I would not of know some of the stuff that has happen. It is all good and nothing really big was let out of the bag. I now know how all the characters have met and play together. Well tomorrow I should be able to finish the third book and maybe the fourth one. I only have 30 pages left to read. And then I will find out what Robert has chosen to do.

  • Celine
    2019-06-10 08:49

    Haunted mansions, sneaky mind-controlled children, demons and crazy professors, the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series has it all. In the second book, The Slither Sisters, there are appearing more gates into another dimension where monsters lurk, and it's up to Robert and his friends to save the town. When reading the first book in the series, Professor Gargoyle, I was entertained but not very thrilled. In The Slither Sisters the action picks up immediately, making it a much more satisfying read than its predecessor. It has a lot of adventure, jumping through gates, the heroes finding themselves in sticky situations.I liked that in The Slither Sisters the bad guys got a bit more background. I prefer my villains to be just a bit more of a dark grey than a stark black. It was nice to see the crazy professor from the view of someone very close to him (can you tell I'm trying very hard not to spoiler anything?). There are some new characters introduced in this part, but it actually helped the story along instead of bogging it down. The characters don't really grow throughout the book - but they might throughout the series. There was some romantic development that I thought was very sweet and age appropriate. I very much enjoyed The Slither Sisters, and I think these books would be perfect for both boys and girls that don't mind a bit of spookiness in their books.

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    2019-05-17 11:50

    Full review to come! :)

  • Jennifer Rayment
    2019-06-12 12:14

    The Good Stuff Fast paced - storyline would keep even the most reluctant reader engaged and not wanting to put book down Twisted and funny (Alot of Whedon type humour) Kids act like kids their age should (well except for the paranormal stuff) Many of the adult characters are realistic and not idiots (yes I know its a pet peeve) Really how many of us at one time didn't think their teachers were evil (I'm still pretty sure Mr Turcok was) Robert is a likeable character and many will understand his predicament - lots of changes when you go to a new school and don't know anyone. Also growing up is hard I'm sorry even if this series sucked I would pick them up for the cover alone -- my preschooler plays with them for hours In Slither Sisters (mentioned a little in Professor Gargoyle) there is a fantastic Librarian character. Ok they made her old and a tad frumpy, but she still is an awesome character Great morals/messages worked into the story without making it obvious - love an author who can do that effectively The library is awesome, I totally want to work there Will definitely be picking up the next book in the series & will be saving them for Jesse to read when he gets older (and hopefully Jake will eventually read them oo)The Not So Good Stuff The cover might freak out the less adventuresome reader (aka my son - won't even pick it up & he would love the story) Do you have any idea how many post it notes I used while reviewing and how hard it was to just pick only 6 quotes (since I am reviewing both at once)Favorite Quotes/Passages"He knew the only thing more embarrassing than sitting alone at his new middle school would be sitting with his mommy" from Professor Gargoyle"These can be filled with downloaded books and checked out from the library - as long as you are very careful with them of course. Personally I'm a little old fashioned. I still prefer the feel of a real book with real pages. The best feeling in the world if you ask me. But we have to embrace the future don't we children?" Professor Gargoyle"No one chooses to go to the principal's office," Glenn continued. "You avoid this place. You don't volunteer to come here and hang out." The Slither Sisters"But I can't win," Robert insisted. "I'm not a leader."Ms Lavinia shrugged. "Well, I'm afraid you need to become one." The Slither Sisters"If my brother learns I'm helping you, he'll rip my head off," she said. "And that's not what your language arts teachers call hyperbole.Who Should/Shouldn't Read Perfect for the reluctant reader This is one that would even appeal to the stronger middle school reader as it is just such a fun and wicked read Adults will even get a kick out of the series (I sure did -- but lets face it I'm not really an adult - even-though I am 42)4.75 Dewey'sI received The Slither Sisters from Random House in exchange for an honest review & I purchased Professor Gargoyle because no matter what I always have to read a series in order (but you don't have to read them in order)

  • Alex
    2019-06-02 07:14

    I didn’t realize last time I read this that one of the main characters is named Robert Arthur. Incredibly cool nod to a great author who roped me into YA horror with the Three Investigators. Also, I can’t help but think that the titular sisters whose names are Sarah and Sylvia (and always mentioned in that order) are a nod to Shel Silverstein (another YA author who leans to horror often) and his Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who would not take the garbage out. Additionally, the Mythos namechecking is strong and deep in this one. (Tillinghast, Tsathoggua, Wilbur Whateley) During the gap between the first book and this one for me, I have done a lot more diving into the Mythos, so the name checking was more evident to me. I can see this being a great way for parents to introduce the concepts and frames to their mid-grade readers. However, they only occasionally related in more than a passion fashion to the source material.In the end, however, this feels like a mid-grade book that doesn’t talk effectively to adults. I’d recommend it to parents of children in the right age bracket who want to entice them over into the dark.

  • Cissa
    2019-06-15 04:12

    Everyone knows middle school is hell. This is especially true at Lovecraft Middle School, where the usual bullies, popular cliques, and daily humiliations have added extra monsters and gates to the netherworldsFor such a short book, the plot is nicely twisty, and the writing is light and humorous, albeit with some definite creepy moments. I must admit, the ending had a surprise for me! It's a good set-up for #3, but also allows this one to have a solid ending, not stop on a cliff-hanger.If you know a late tween or young teen who you know will love A. Lee Martinez when s/he's older- this looks like a great series for them! And you might want to read them yourself, first.Very enjoyable!

  • Teresa
    2019-06-15 08:54

    I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.I haven't read the first in the series, but am looking forward to reviewing this book before I let my 13 and 9 year olds read it. Thank you First Reads.My 13 year old son finished this book in one day! He LOVED it and wanted to tell the rest of the family all about it before we read it. It looks like we will be buying more books in this series. Thank you first reads.

  • Cillian
    2019-05-18 11:57

    This book was all flavours of cool, and fun. As a bonus it had a very clever, unexpected twist in the end.This is just uplifting; pure entertainment. Well done, Charles.

  • Charley Meredew
    2019-06-10 12:03

    There BACK !!! Robert, Glenn & Karina are facing more monsters in the second book of the LoveCraft middle school series and it was just as exciting if not more exciting than the first !!!!! :D :D can't wait for the next book x

  • melydia
    2019-06-01 08:05

    The second installment of the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series. Robert and Glenn are still trying to figure out what to do about the beasts inhabiting their school. The Price twins are back from their mysterious disappearance with no memory of where they've been but no concern about it either. They're focusing their efforts on winning the student council presidential election. Robert and Glenn, however, can see that there is something decidedly wrong about the Price sisters, and must figure out how to keep them from taking over the school. As with the first one, I really enjoyed the story and characters - it was fun and kept the action going strong the whole time. The ending made me laugh and swear at the same time. I'm looking forward to the next book.

  • Blue
    2019-06-12 03:57

    This one did not simply fall into a formulaic pattern but continued to add to the overall story/mystery, which was pleseantly surprising. Still trope-y but the series seems ready to hold its own with some distinguishing creativity in the premise. (Maybe just a copy of goosebumps, but I never read those so I wouldn't know.)

  • Lindsay
    2019-06-12 05:04

    I really enjoy this series. The stories are interesting and fun. It's a good series to start kids on si-fi.

  • Konni
    2019-05-31 04:54

    Great quick read.

  • Anaika
    2019-05-21 07:03

    3.5 stars

  • Cassie-la
    2019-06-02 05:53

    REVIEW ALSO ON: This book is being reviewed for an adult audience from an adult perspective. The series can be enjoyed by children in a completely different way and I highly recommend it for middle grade kids looking for something scary but are put-off by the overabundance of the 90′s in the Goosebumps series. What do you mean no one says radical and tubular anymore?The book opens up with a whole bunch of back story because this is a book for kids and kids have horrible memories (or so I assume, I can’t remember my childhood). The same device is used throughout other children’s series (see: Harry Potter) and is much appreciated when one doesn’t recall any important plot events to the point where they forget it was Barty Crouch Jr. THE WHOLE TIME! This is helpful for young readers, but also for people me like me who can’t even seem to remember what they ate for breakfast much less be expected to remember what happened in a book they read four months ago.WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the first book in the Lovecraft Middle School series, Professor Gargoyle.Slither Sisters begins where Professor Gargoyle left off, with the missing twins Sarah and Sylvia Price returning after being kidnapped. They currently have the essence of monsters living inside them, who use humans as mere skin suits. Only the nerdastic Robert Arthur and his bully turned best friend Glenn Torkells know what’s up. Well, them and Karina Ortiz who happens to be a ghost that becomes semi-corporeal when on school grounds. Worst afterlife ever.Since the school was built with recycled materials in an effort to stay green, it’s also haunted. Specifically because the materials used were from an abandoned mansion wherein a crazed mad scientist opened up portals to other dimensions. Don’t you hate when that happens? Despite my insane thought process which led to such assumptions, this is not a message about how being environmentally conscious is life-threatening. Although it might result in weak spots inside middle schools which allow monsters to sneak through.The premise of the book is simple enough for children: the Price sisters (now monsters in human bodies) are running for student council president- well one of them is- and once they have control over the school they can turn the other students into monsters more easily. Suspend your disbelief and try to pretend that a student president could have any real power whatsoever.To stop her, Robert (the new guy in school) must beat her at her own game and win the election! Yup, the fate of the world rests in the hands of middle school age students voting for a class president. It’s a fun analogy for how school can often feel like the weight of the world rests on your shoulders, but in this case Robert and his desire for popularity (albeit to win the election) literally could signal the end of the world. You have to love the fun metaphor.There is also some discussion about puberty, and Robert’s mother adorably think he’s on edge because he’s growing up when in fact he’s being hunted by monsters from another dimension. Single moms, they always get those two things confused. In an effort to help him, she gives him a “Puberty Kit” because she wrongly thinks only a man could explain to a boy what is happening to his body. Robert Arthur’s mother: setting single moms back since this book.However, she also blames Halloween television for giving kids nightmares so she’s not the smartest person in the world. Robert Arthurs’s mom: she also thinks televisions raise children.Since this novel is steeped in touches of the Cthulhu mythos, it would be disappointing without some tentacles or two, and Gilman does not fail to deliver. Here, take the line: “Robert yanked the tentacle by its tip” and let your mind run with it. You’re welcome. You might see that mental imagery when you close your eyes tonight. Just remind yourself it’s a children’s book.We also get to see tiny monster referred to as Cthulhu, which are entering the world in the form of Hermit crabs. Just squeeze citrus on them and they show their true form: a brand new species of tiny tentacle monsters. Or at least so we are led to believe by Robert’s new best friend, a salty sea captain and mad scientist who lives locked inside a lighthouse. This book. Oh this book.Bonus points for the twist ending, which makes this the ultimate modern Goosebumps. Also to pastel sweater-vest wearing Mr. Loomis who knows how popularity works and suggest Robert join the “Handwriting Club” instead.

  • Cecilia Jones
    2019-05-20 05:09

    Another good read!I really enjoyed this 2nd book in the series, I needed an easy read with good characters. I've been reading a lot of history lately from the Salem witch trials to the war for independence to Jack the ripper theories... This was a great storyline that left me wanting the next installment right away! I've really enjoyed the first two books.

  • Tim Lewis
    2019-06-08 10:15

    Premise: The Slither Sisters picks up where Professor Gargoyle left off, with Robert Arthur at his new school trying to learn the mysteries of Lovecraft Middle School and the strange creatures that inhabit it. Robert soon discovers that there are gates leading from the school to an alternate dimension that is actually the old Tillinghast Mansion, where Crawford Tillinghast and his scientists were thought to have perished under questionable circumstances.After coming back from their mysterious disappearance, Sylvia and Sarah Price run a campaign for class president. Robert and his friends Karina Ortiz and former bully Glenn Torkells will have to find a way to hinder this small step on the way to the Price sisters and the dark powers behind them taking over the school. As Robert uncovers these secrets it will be up to him and his friends to protect the students and teachers who are unaware of the sinister plots going on around them.Nothing is as it seems and so many people are not who they appear, and learning who to trust will be important for the survival of Robert, his friends, and everyone else at Lovecraft Middle School.Themes: Leadership and responsibility are traits that are bestowed on people, sometimes without a choice. With so many people at Lovecraft Middle School being clueless as to the dangers around them, Robert finds that it will be up to him to protect them.Appearances are deceiving, especially at Lovecraft Middle School. Anybody could have their bodies taken over by creatures from another dimension, while others might be on Robert’s side without him even knowing it. Knowing who to trust is a challenge, but the truth can be discovered through dangerous research and perseverance.Pros: Just like the first book, the cover is really cool, with a transforming lenticular image changing from the seemingly innocent sisters to their snake-like alter egos. This cover will not be as off-putting as the Professor Gargoyle cover as it isn’t as scary or demonic. The Slither Sisters includes some H.P. Lovecraft tidbits, such as tiny Cthulus infesting our world under the guise as hermit crabs. We get the same fast-paced book as the first, with a little bit of extra character development. The conflict is better fleshed out than book one, I thought the twist ending actually helped make The Slither Sisters even better than the first book.Cons: Again, the cover is a spoiler for the antagonists of this story, though we got some hints at it from the first book in what the goal of the enemy is. The only character I wish we would have gotten some more fleshing out with was Karina. Hers is the most mysterious of the main characters and we still don’t know much about her.Recommendations: The Slither Sisters is the second book in the Lovecraft Middle School series. It picks up where Professor Gargoyle ended and takes the story to new depths. Thankfully, these are just the right length for middle grade readers, though adults will probably enjoy Lovecraft Middle School just as much, especially H.P. Lovecraft fans. Kids should have some parental guidance, but this book was not nearly as scary or creepy as Professor Gargoyle. The Slither Sisters is even better than its predecessor, but readers will want to read Professor Gargoyle first in order to get a foundation of characters and plot.

  • Ana Mardoll
    2019-06-11 08:49

    Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #2: The Slither Sisters / 1594745935"Slither Sisters" picks up as the second in this series after "Professor Gargoyle", and I do feel like this installation in the series is even stronger than the first. As a brief recap of the series as a whole: Everyman YA Protagonist Robert Arthur lives in a world much like ours (minus anyone ever having heard of H.P. Lovecraft), except that Cthulhus and Shoggoths are using his middle school as a dimensional vortex for passing between worlds. The series relies heavily on Lovecraftian monsters, but doesn't delve as much into the tone and themes (presumably because this isn't meant to emotionally scar the targeted audience). "Professor Gargoyle" ended with the revelation that the two missing twins -- Sarah and Sylvia Price -- have "returned" but are really Lovecraftian monsters in human form. "Slither Sisters" picks up from that revelation with the announcement that the girls are running for student body president and, if successful in their campaign, will use their position to kidnap more students for a body exchange. The plot summary sounded a little twee to me, but to its credit the book really manages to make middle school politics something engaging and interesting to get into, possibly because Lovecraftian monsters are summoned left and right to liven things up. Additionally, there's a lot of new character development around girlfriend Karina and school librarian Ms. Lavinia and I found those side-developments to be genuinely engaging. Everyman Robert Arthur tends to be just-barely-not-bland for me (although younger and/or male readers may feel differently), but fleshing out Karina's existential angst and Ms. Lavinia's unexpectedly horrifying existence went a long way towards guiding this series back to more Lovecraftian themes of isolation and terror, so well done there. Finally, I loved the concluding chapters of this novel. It's very rare for a YA novel to genuinely surprise me these days, and I was taken completely off-guard by the ending and was absolutely delighted. And I forgot to mention this in my review of "Professor Gargoyle", so I'll mention it here: I own the Kindle version for both these books and am very impressed with the formatting. The pictures are lovely, and the chapter headings are a very nice touch. There's even drop-caps here and there when appropriate, and it's nice to see a publisher treat the Kindle version right. Kudos. NOTE: This review is also based on a free Advance Review Copy of this book provided through Amazon Vine. (I received the ARC, and then purchased the Kindle version.) ~ Ana Mardoll

  • Tiffa (The Readers Lair)
    2019-05-24 06:17

    Once again, I would like you all to take a moment to appreciate the awesomeness of another wonderfully done holographic cover. Isn’t it just fantastic? Now, on to the review! The Slither Sisters picks up right after the first book, Professor Gargoyle finished – and it definitely was a fantastic sequel. The ending of this novel took me completely by surprise and I really wasn’t expecting it at all. I always love reading books that aren’t too predictable, otherwise they become boring and I lose interest in them quite quickly. I’m very happy to say that I wasn’t constantly guessing correctly about what would happen throughout the book – it was a great read!I really love Robert’s character, he may be a shy person in general, but there’s a noticeable difference in his confidence level since the first book. This may be because of all the scary things that are suddenly happening to him, but I think it’s because he now has two (three, if you could his two-headed rat) best friends who are there for him and he can confide in. Even though Robert’s character is still quite young, I think he’s really mature for his age and a joy to read about.I also loved how Robert, Karina and Glenn’s friendship was more developed in The Slither Sisters. It was great to see how comfortable they all are around each other, even though they’re all very different in personalities. I loved how Robert was able to put behind him the fact that Glenn bullied him for years – and I also found it amazing how Glenn was actually sorry for it all and is trying to make it up to him.Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Slither Sisters! It was certainly action-packed and I found it really hard to put down. I don’t think I found a single fault with this novel, and I love Charles Gilman’s writing style – it’s fun and fresh to read. I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I love the fact that, even though the series is for younger readers, the writing style isn’t immature in the slightest. The only reason the book series is getting 4 star rating so far instead of 5 stars, is because of it being a middle-grade series in general. When I give a book a 5 star rating, it’s usually because I found it absolutely incredible and mind-blowing. The Tales from Lovecraft Middle School is a really awesome series so far though and I can’t recommend it highly enough. I can’t wait to pick up the next book; Teacher’s Pest as soon as possible!

  • Jillian
    2019-05-26 10:02

    { I received an ARC for free through Early Reviewers on LibraryThing. Review originally posted on my blog, PidginPea's Book Nook. }I am such a fan of the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series! I was hooked by Professor Gargoyle (read my review here) and The Slither Sisters is just as creepy and exciting! If you're a fan of paranormal middle grade reads and you haven't started this series yet, YOU MUST.At the end of Professor Gargoyle, Sylvia and Sarah Price had returned to the school after a mysterious disappearance, and it seemed that something was a In The Slither Sisters, Robert and his friends Glenn and Karina find out that something is indeed off - Sylvia and Sarah are running for class president, but they certainly don't have the other students' best interests in mind. They're working for Crawford Tillinghast, the mastermind behind the monsters and gates that have invaded Lovecraft Middle School.I thought The Slither Sisters was even better than Professor Gargoyle because it brought us a little deeper into the story behind the school and Crawford Tillinghast, and it really seemed to take advantage of the "haunted dimension" aspect mentioned in the synopsis. There were some really creepy scenes that had me glued to the book to find out how Robert, Glenn, and Karina would escape. Just like the first book in the series, the second is dark and spooky, but with plenty of fun and adventure to balance it out. It's the perfect amount of creepy - it sets the mood, wraps you up in it and makes you feel like you're there with Robert and his friends, but it's not too scary.Just like the first book in the series, The Slither Sisters wraps up with a hint that, despite all Robert's hard work, all is still not well at Lovecraft Middle School. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book, Teacher's Pest. I really hope we get to learn more about Mrs. Lavinia and that we get to go back into the Tillinghast mansion!

  • Louise
    2019-05-21 11:13

    The presentation of this book is just as amazing as book one in this awesome series. I think this is my favourite cover so far, it's uber cool and creepy! The previous book in this series ended on a great cliffhanger, we discovered the truth about the missing twins and why they were taken. The Slither Sister starts six weeks after Robert's first day at Lovecraft Middle School, and the nightmares aren't getting any easier for Robert. Robert and his best friend Glenn discovered the connection between the school and the creepy Tillinghast mansion, they also know that Sarah and Sylvia Price aren't themselves. These two boys want to tell someone the truth, but in a school full of portals and monsters who can they really trust?Now the boys know the truth about the school, and the dangers that lie ahead, they're on a mission to find out what Sarah and Sylvia are up to. Where do they keep vanishing to every day at lunch?.. and why does Sarah really want to be elected for president of the student council?.. and what has this got to with the entire seventh grade?We get to learn more about the main characters in this book. Robert has problems with his appeareance and self confidence, I like that we get to see this other side to him. Glenn also talks about doing chores, like washing his clothes, it seems he prefers staying at Roberts house, than his own. I'm glad that Glenn and Robert are now friends, Glenn doesn't bully people anymore, maybe he was lonely and just wanted a friend. The Slither Sisters is a great creepy book, I loved it! The pace is a bit quicker, there's action and adventure right from the start. I was hooked from the beginning and I didn't want to put it down. The writing feels familiar and vivid, I can imagine myself being at the school, getting lost in the library or running away from giant tentacles and weird sea creatures. I liked the new characters I was introduced to, such as Howard Mergler and Mr Lavinia,and we learned more about the the monsters and demons hiding out at the school. The ending was brilliant, and I can't wait for Teachers Pest, book three in this awesome series.5 out of 5 stars, a new favourite that I'd happily read all over again.

  • Vincent Ripley
    2019-05-17 08:16

    From the publisher who brought you one of my favourite books back in 2011 - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Has now sent me two books in a great new series that I can shout my head of, to anyone who will listen. Thanks to Matthew for sending them over to me. I really appreciate it without people like yourself, my blog would not be the same. I know a lot of my followers love reading books that have, shall we say a darker nature in genre. A good old fashion horror book that will lift your spirits to a place of ones imagination and this does that with spades. So in true fashion I like to tell you about the "Lovecraft Middle School" series of books that hit the shelves last September with the follow up "The Slither Sisters" book two which is out hopefully 15th January, they should be in all good book stores from then. If not track them down online as book two will be out for you to buy as well. You can't miss them either each book has a fantastic holographic cover which will catch your eye immediately and very cool to boot. We have a little sprinkling of R. L Stine magic about these books that sends shivers down your spine. Anyone 9 and over will sink their teeth into them page by page lapping up the daemons and the story line to the max. Robert Arthur and the School ghost and bully fight the forces of evil. Crawford Tilinghast and his army of mutant creatures are the forces of evil that have been dreamt up from the far realms of the authors mind. It all takes place around Lovecraft Middle School a crazy place with even crazier pupils and teachers. I love the secret attic that's depicted in the book and some of the outrageous monsters, the star of the show for me is a two head rat. One heads called Pip and the other's called Squeak. I find that funny to be honest, I'm still chuckling now.These are great books to enjoy in one sitting , they will captivate and hook reluctant boy readers for sure. I think they are really cool as well. I read both books one after the other, I really wanted another one. The good thing is the third book entitled Teacher's Pest is due out in May. So Matt if you read this, please send me it soon. I hope you all enjoy them, if I have tempted you to read them.

  • Jessica
    2019-06-10 04:54

    Tales from Lovecraft Middle School is just as exciting as the 39 Clues, even though Lovecraft focuses on horror rather than flat-out adventure (though there is plenty of that, too).In The Slither Sisters, the second novel in the series, the story picks up pretty much right from where the first book, Professor Gargoyle, left off. Robert Arthur is having nightmares about the horrors that he has witnessed during the first month and a half he has been at his new school, Lovecraft Middle School. While the facility is state-of-the-art, it also serves as a portal to another dimension and is riddled with monsters ruled by the evil genius and school namesake, Charles Lovecraft. Luckily, Robert has two good friends–his only friends, actually–to help him with all of this trauma. And, he will need the help, because more horrors are unleashed in The Slither Sisters.As the title and cover imply, the Slither Sisters are the Price twins, Sarah and Sylvia, who were reunited with their family after being abducted. Robert, Glenn, and Karina know better, however. The Price girls are no longer human; they are snake-like monsters using the girls’ bodies as a disguise. With some support from some unlikely people, the trio must stop the Prices from winning the student council elections and handing the 7th grade over to their master.A horror fan himself, author Charles Gilman has created a spooky, suspenseful story that will keep any middle-grade reader on the edge his or her seat. It is hard to guess where his plot is going to twist or turn and there are many times you think something horrible will happen only to breath a sigh of relieve when the kids are ok. And then you will read a couple of pages further and something terrible will pop through a window or appear in a classroom. Gilman also creates cliffhanger endings that are the perfect set up for the next novel. I did not see the ending to The Slither Sisters coming at all and loved reading every second of it.The Slither Sisters is an excellent follow up to a fabulous first book in a series. In fact, in some ways, I enjoyed Gilman’s sophomore installment even more than I liked Professor Gargoyle and that is saying a lot!

  • Bridget
    2019-06-14 12:01

    This is the second book in the "Tales from Lovecraft Middle School" series. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed the first book Professor Gargoyle, when I got to this one, I wasn't sure how I'd feel about The Slither Sisters because when I am surprised by the first, I usually dislike the second book and don't go on in the series. But, with The Slither Sisters, I went into it with that mentality and didn't expect much, and I am glad I did. I didn't get my hopes up which made me enjoy The Slither Sisters. It's some what predictable, but not exactly so much in some parts that you can tell exactly what was going to happen...Well, for me anyway. But I guess for a woman my age reading a middle grade book, I guess not too much should surprise me! lol....That's not a bad thing of course. Maybe someone my 11 year old's age, it may not be quite so "predictable"...But I may not let him get a hold of these books until at least next school year (his 6th grade year). It's not that the books are overly scary but at his age, it might give just enough spook factor. He's not really into scary stuff and for me, that's kind of good because at his age, it was Freddy Krueger!! and I loved it! So, I'm hoping he doesn't really get into anything beyond stuff like this series... Because I was always a little nervous after watch horror movies, especially Amity-ville & Exorcist type of movies...and I still don't like woods (Jason/Friday the 13th) lolBut, I digress....So far, I am enjoying this little series, but I am not in a hurry to move on. I own the first two books, now I need to purchase the others. I normally try not to buy series until I read at least the first one (borrow it from the library)....I'm the same with stand alone books as well but I will buy those before a series. I digress, again...So, if you have middle graders and you don't mind them reading books like this, but don't want anything too overly creepy like R.L. Stine..Then this might be okay...But, I'd still rent it first and read through as least through the first one just to make sure its something you'd want your child to read.

    2019-05-31 10:18

    (This is more of a general review of Book 2/3. It was also posted on the blog.)Sometimes, I like to read middle grade books just for fun! They’re often light-hearted and funny, filled with quirky characters and easy-to-follow stories. One series that I’m really enjoying is Tales from Lovecraft Middle School, as it offers a magical story filled with paranormal creatures and set in a peculiar little school. These books are really quick reads for me, but I really enjoy them. Plus, it’s a major bonus that they have illustrations and those cool covers!The Slither Sisters and Teacher’s Pest are the second and third novels in the series. To let you guys in on just what’s happening in either novel might spoil the series, but suffice it to say that Robert and his friends Glenn and Karina are faced with a whole new host of creepy paranormal creatures to deal with. The creatures and the magical world they are from are highly imaginative, and this creativity is a strength that this series possesses. I particularly like the fact that we keep learning more about the supernatural stuff!The other reason that I enjoy this series is because Gilman manages to incorporate “normal” things into the unusual story. There are things like running for class president or going to dances or dealing with girls and friendship woes, and I loved that. It balances out the craziness of the paranormal stuff quite nicely, and I think that was smart thing to do.I really enjoy reading the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School, mostly because the books make me laugh, keep me entertained and are also quick reads. I’d highly recommend this series for younger readers, especially readers who like crazy, zany stories and all sorts of creatures. I’m looking forward to the next novel in the series, and seeing what happens next to Robert, Karina and Glenn.

  • Jitka Jitulisko
    2019-05-27 09:05

    Druhá kniha navazuje na dobrodružství, které zažili Robert s Glenem v knize Šílený profesor. Tehdy se z ničeho nic ztratila dvojčata ze 7. třídy. Po dívkách jakoby se slehla zem. Pro všechny bylo velkým překvapením, když se o pár dnů později objevili nezraněné. Jako by nic, o ničem nechtěli mluvit, život jde dál a oni jsou přeci v pořádku, nebo ne?Jak již napovídá název knihy, není vše, tak jak se zdá. V druhé dimenzi, která má brány po celé škole je více a více podivných tvorů, než si naši hrdinové dovedou představit. Když jednou jdou naši hrdinové dvojčata sledovat, zjistí, že jeden z mnoha průchodů je i na dně bazénu. V tuto chvíli ocení, že mají mezi sebou kamarádku Katrin, která je již 30 let po smrti a druhou dimenzi v zámečku zná.Naši hrdinové se snaží zabránit stvůrám ovládnutí žáků Lowecraftovi školy. Jenže si nemohou být jistí kdo je ještě jen student a kdo už přešel na temnou stranu a své pravé já schovává pod maskou dětských těl….Kniha opět nezklamala. Je napsaná svižně a celkem zajímavě. První večer jsem zasedla s dětmi, nadšená z pokračování téměř stejně jako oni (konečně nemusím číst první, už asi po patnácté). Jakmile jsem začala číst, upíraly se na mě všechny oči. Ticho, až na můj hlas. Posléze jsem se přistihla, že čtu, i když děti již spí. Druhý den jsem neodolala a knihu slupla na posezení, prakticky během ranní kávy. Byla jsem zvědavá, co za dobrodružství Naši kluci zažijí a s jakými netvory se budou potýkat. Z knihy jsme byli zase nadšení všichni. Konec slibuje další pokračování a my se na něj všichni velice těšíme. Do té doby budeme jistě znát oba díly zpaměti. Obálku opět zdobí 3D obrázek. Pomalu jsem se přistihla u myšlenky, že bych ho brala jako záložku.Takže milovníci pohádkových příběhů si zajisté přijdou na své i s tímto pokračováním.

  • A.
    2019-06-03 10:55

    Fun, fast, and great.Again, this series is aimed at a younger audience. Unsurprisingly, middle school would be the perfect age range -- although the writing may be too simple for many middle-schoolers, it will be perfect for others and it has the added benefit of having middle-school protagonists. But I would recommend as young as 7/8. Although the topic is monsters and beasts, it's a mildly presented form of monsters and beasts and (I don't think I'm spoiling anything here) the hero always wins.Robert, his best friend Glenn, and his best ghost friend Karina delve deeper into the mystery of the school and the Tillinghast Mansion in the crossover dimension.The characters encounter monsters, as expected, and must run from a fate-worse-than-death, as expected. But this second book offers more background into the story, the mansion, and various characters. Robert, Glenn, and Karina get to know each other and their classmates better, as well as seemingly minor characters who ultimately prove to have a much stronger roles to play.The Price twins have returned from being missing and, as revealed in the first book, have done so as monsters from Tillinghast, albeit in human form. The heroes never know who to trust - and they must resolve how to save the school despite the fact that any of its teachers, parents, or students could be involved in the Tillinghast plot. As expected, this book satisfying closes the "chapter," but leaves a solid cliff-hanger for the next book. (Eagerly awaiting!)An excellent new series and I highly recommend (particularly so to the appropriate age range).(four and a half stars, rounded to 5 for sites that cannot do halves)(read on kindle)