Substitute Creature (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #4) by Charles Gilman


When a giant nor’easter dumps a blanket of snow on the village of Dunwich, Massachussetts, Robert Arthur and his friends find themselves marooned inside Lovecraft Middle School. The kids have no choice but to spend the night—while snacking on cafeteria food, sleeping on classroom floors, and facing off against a mysterious substitute teacher who may have a sinister secret. The latest adventure in the Lovecraft Middle School series features more adventures, more outrageous monsters, and another terrifying lenticular cover!  Hardcover, 176 pages Expected publication: September 24th 2013 by Quirk Books 

              In the fourth book of the Lovecraft tales (should be read in order) the school is a lot colder now that a huge snowstorm has hit and Robert and his mother find themselves trapped inside. As the temperatures continue dropping, danger awaits around every corner....and one among them is not what she seems. 

              What I loved most about this book was the relationship between Robert and Karina, the friendly ghost of the school. We get to see a lot more of her in this story. She is struggling with the fact that everybody can see her, but she cannot escape with the rest of them and the questions that will bring when they do escape. 

             When the school drops below certain temperatures, creatures from hidden places begin to infest the school and keeps them on the run. Not only trying to survive the weather, but running for their lives, a true hero will emerge in the end, and a dream come true. 

            The Lovecraft Tales are very fun, creep-tastic reads that show a variety of family and friendship relationships as the stories continue.  

Here is a fun youtube video I found regarding the first book in the series Professor Gargoyle

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