Monster Madness: Nightmare Academy #2
Dean Lorey & Brandon Dorman
HarperCollins, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke
eaders, get ready for an awesome adventure! Instruction A: Find one HUGE banyan tree fort, the biggest you can imagine, and team up with
classmates - Charlie Benjamin, a Nethermancer and Banisher (yup, he has dual powers and is a
to those who would attempt to get him out of the academy); Banisher Violet who's astute with weapons; and Nethermancer Theodore, whose dad (General Dagget) puts his son down because he's not a Banisher.
nstruction B: Battle and/or capture Gremlins; Dangeroos; Darklings; Silver Tongues; Hags (stealers of memories); and giant jellyfish known as Bang-Jellies, which come in handy as rafts on a treacherous ocean, but watch out for those tentacles! The most dangerous of all are
and their Lords of the Nether -Barrakas, Verminion and Tyrannus are already earthbound, Slagguron is attempting to join them, and plans are in the making to finagle the opening of a portal for the Fifth Lord.
nstruction C: Prepare to travel into and out of portals (opening and closing them at the appropriate time - VEEERRRY important); journey into the Bermuda Triangle Graveyard of ships; face monsters under the San Diego Zoo; saunter carefully into the depths of the Hydra Cave in search of the one female Hydra in existence. Oh, yes, in case you don't know what a Hydra is: the answer is about the size of a bulldozer, with '
six heads, and shiny, sharp teeth ... green, scaly hide that makes it look something like a dragon with a wide tail that propelled it forward through the choppy waves
'. Instruction D: Be discerning: A savory character may really be unsavory, and vice versa.
oals and Purpose: To graduate to the next level at the Academy, by saving children from their nightmares. To save the world, Charlie and his team must first seek out and transport a special liquid, that will save a dying protector,
(who's just a wee bit of a fellow). The Guardian cannot be touched by humans or it will die. (Even though it is cold and frail, and cries out sorrowfully '
Please hold me ... I am cold' ... NO, DON'T TOUCH!
') Final Instructions: Mix well with danger, add humor, stir until boiling voraciously as you venture into Dean Lorey's
Nightmare Academy: Monster Madness
randon Dorman's illustrations enhance all the story's creatures large and small, eerie and engaging. Dean Lorey has written for television and movies, and the first book of
, soared off the bookshelves. He offers readers intriguing characters and delicious entertainment in a series to get hooked into. And of course, there is always the witty one in the bunch, Theodore who adds commentary like: '
That final exam is toast! ... You just let me at those monsters and I will show you the true meaning of the words 'pest control'! I am a walking, talking extra-strength can of Raid!
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