The Hall Monitors Are Fired!
This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!
In this eighth book, Sam and his friends keep getting into trouble. First, Sam is late to school, then Lucy slams a door, and Antonio trips his teacher. But none of this is their fault... It is all Orson Eerie's doing! The mad scientist is planning to strike once again -- at the annual Kickball Showdown! And he wants the hall monitors out of his way FOR GOOD. Will the principal fire them?! They need to come up with a plan FAST -- before the big game! This will be the friends' biggest, baddest, dustiest battle yet!
Now, Orson spends his days wreaking havoc on unsuspecting students, especially Sam. What better chance to cause some chaos than during a Kickball Showdown? Orson tries to get Sam in trouble and winds up getting him fired from his role as hall monitor, but Sam isn't going to give up that easily.
I really enjoyed the spooky element in this story and love the whole idea of a school being controlled by an evil scientist. I love how Lucy and Antonio are always there to help Sam when he needs it and that they're a powerful team. This was my first Eerie Elementary book but it makes me want to look into more.
Final Verdict: I recommend this to early readers who are getting into chapter books, especially those who like spooky, unique, and mysterious stories.