Teacher's Pest (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #3)
“Two-headed monsters, giant tentacles, angry demons—Lovecraft Middle School is great creepy fun!” —Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children   DON'T BE FOOLED by his friendly smile, his perfect manners, or his shiny red apple. Student council president Howard Mergler is actually a sinister bug-monster in disguise—and he's summoning swarms of roaches, wasps, fleas, and head lice into the corridors of Lovecraft Middle School!  Twelve-year-old Robert Arthur is the only student who can stop him--but he'll need help from his best friends: the school bully, the school ghost, and an extremely courageous two-headed rat.   This third novel in the Lovecraft Middle School series begins right where Professor Gargoyle and The Slither Sisters ended—with more action, more adventure, and more outrageous monsters!

Teacher's Pest (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #3) Details

TitleTeacher's Pest (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 7th, 2013
PublisherQuirk Books
ISBN-139781594746147
Rating
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Horror, Fiction, Paranormal

Teacher's Pest (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #3) Review

  • Katy
    January 1, 1970
    Book Info: Genre: MG FantasyReading Level: Middle Grade (12 and up)Recommended for: Fans of Middle Grade fantasy, Lovecraftian fiction, the seriesBook Available: May 7, 2013 in hardcover or Kindle format Trigger Warnings: Insects. Lots and lots of insects.My Thoughts: I really like this series; it's just so much fun! Karina, Glenn and Robert never know what will go wrong next or who will be lost next to the sinister forces of Crawford Tillinghast.These books are fast and fun reads for the adult Book Info: Genre: MG FantasyReading Level: Middle Grade (12 and up)Recommended for: Fans of Middle Grade fantasy, Lovecraftian fiction, the seriesBook Available: May 7, 2013 in hardcover or Kindle format Trigger Warnings: Insects. Lots and lots of insects.My Thoughts: I really like this series; it's just so much fun! Karina, Glenn and Robert never know what will go wrong next or who will be lost next to the sinister forces of Crawford Tillinghast.These books are fast and fun reads for the adult reader (it took me just a bit over an hour to read my copy), but are entertaining, and I think readers young and old will enjoy these stories. I'm definitely keeping my eyes open for the next, scheduled for release this fall!Series Information: Teacher's Pest is the third book in the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series of fantasies.Book 1: Professor Gargoyle , reviewed October, 2012, linked here where formatting allowedBook 2: The Slither Sisters , reviewed January, 2013, linked here where formatting allowedBook 4: Substitute Creature, scheduled for release in September, 2013.Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.Synopsis: DON'T BE FOOLED by his friendly smile, his perfect manners, or his shiny red apple. Student council president Howard Mergler is actually a sinister bug-monster in disguise—and he's summoning swarms of roaches, wasps, fleas, and head lice into the corridors of Lovecraft Middle School!  Twelve-year-old Robert Arthur is the only student who can stop him—but he'll need help from his best friends: the school bully, the school ghost, and an extremely courageous two-headed rat.
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  • Celine
    January 1, 1970
    The third book in the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School, Teacher's Pest features alternate dimensions, portals, a ghostly friend and a two-headed pet, and a ton of creepy crawlies on top. The school seems to be overridden with bugs lately. The teachers say it's because the janitors are on a strike - but Robert knows there is more to the pest than meets the eye. Together with his friends he sets out to stop a crazy scientist from overthrowing humanity.The Tales from Lovecraft Middle School are e The third book in the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School, Teacher's Pest features alternate dimensions, portals, a ghostly friend and a two-headed pet, and a ton of creepy crawlies on top. The school seems to be overridden with bugs lately. The teachers say it's because the janitors are on a strike - but Robert knows there is more to the pest than meets the eye. Together with his friends he sets out to stop a crazy scientist from overthrowing humanity.The Tales from Lovecraft Middle School are extremely fast reads. It takes me about an hour, maybe two to finish one of them. The writing style is very clear and easy to follow, and I think these books would be great for kids that have difficulty reading. They have a nice clear-cut science-fiction/horror kind of plot. All of the books follow a self-contained story, but now the series is starting to span more books the over-arcing plot line is starting to show too. I love following the progress of both the plot and the characters throughout the books. Things are getting more and more interesting, and I'm quite looking forward to the next instalment, Substitute Creature.A fair warning: Teacher's Pest is not for the squeamish or insect-o-fobes. Remember the scene in Fellowship of the Ring where the hobbits hide under a tree and the insects are crawling all over them? Well, there is a lot of that. I personally hate everything with more than four legs, so I shuddered quite a lot during Teacher's Pest.
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  • Darrell
    January 1, 1970
    Okay I am finished this book. I think this one is the best one so far out of the series. Now I can read the last few pages of the fourth book.
  • Blue
    January 1, 1970
    Twice is a coincidence, thrice is a pattern. The series is begining to fall into its formulaic pattern, but so far the books have been fairly distinct and although I can see where a publisher request for more books could push off the end indefinitely I can also feel in the books some progression toward an ending still. I really hope these books will choose to end, or really working toward the ending (I could see that as being several books, as with Series of Unfortunate Events) before they get b Twice is a coincidence, thrice is a pattern. The series is begining to fall into its formulaic pattern, but so far the books have been fairly distinct and although I can see where a publisher request for more books could push off the end indefinitely I can also feel in the books some progression toward an ending still. I really hope these books will choose to end, or really working toward the ending (I could see that as being several books, as with Series of Unfortunate Events) before they get boring. The main characters defeat some of the imposters, they pass through gates, they get dirty, they learn more about each other, . . .I am starting to wonder about the taken students/adults. If the 'vessals' are taken, then does destrying the body mean there is nothing for the person-in-an-urn to go back to, or are those just thin masks and the real body is shrunk into the urn and out of the way so people do not notice spares walking around? I wonder how missing a year of school (or 2 or however long it takes) will affect them and how it would be explained away. (view spoiler)[THE MOM! I should have seen that coming but it is definitely exciting. I really hope they end up telling her in the next book instead of constantly trying to shield and protect her for books and books. She seems pretty cool, and it would be funny to see her freaking out (after knowing, because before it is just expected) while her son is all 'eh, whatever' and Glen is all 'yeah, we told you'. It would be great fun, and her challenges with not being able to tell without being called crazy would up the stakes. She could also try to cover for the trio but run into issues of almost getting found out, and make an odd friendship with the librarian full of mischief too. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    So predictable but I'm really liking these books.. Gotta share a funny/ embarrassing story though..This story has LOTS of bugs. It has had me scratching my head and neck and arms just listening to this book (yeah, audiobook). I went out for my walk listening to it and stopped at the mailbox where I jumped back because a spider had taken up residence and had webbing across the front of the inside. I'd never seen one like it so I was looking it up on my iPhone as I walked (though I had already sho So predictable but I'm really liking these books.. Gotta share a funny/ embarrassing story though..This story has LOTS of bugs. It has had me scratching my head and neck and arms just listening to this book (yeah, audiobook). I went out for my walk listening to it and stopped at the mailbox where I jumped back because a spider had taken up residence and had webbing across the front of the inside. I'd never seen one like it so I was looking it up on my iPhone as I walked (though I had already shooed it out along with its webbing with a stick). So the hair on my neck is making me twitch cuz I've got bugs on the brain.. And I'm staring at pics of spiders on my phone.. Then something small falls from a tree I was walking under right onto my iPhone. I don't even know what it was! I screamed, throwing my phone across the street and running away a few steps like a little girl. It's hilarious now that I'm not being eaten by a giant spider. I'm kinda glad I've finished this book!
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  • Gory B Movie
    January 1, 1970
    Kaden's favorite book of the series so far.
  • Mark Buxton
    January 1, 1970
    My name is Robert, and I'm worried about my best friend Glenn. He was bitten on the neck by a funky-looking bug, and he started feeling strange. Now, he says he doesn't want to see me anymore, and I can really use a friend. There's a head lice epidemic, and bugs are all over the school building. The janitors are on strike, and it seems like the exterminators are making the problem worse. Pip and Squeak, my two-headed rat, are still with me along with Karina, a ghostly girl confined to the school My name is Robert, and I'm worried about my best friend Glenn. He was bitten on the neck by a funky-looking bug, and he started feeling strange. Now, he says he doesn't want to see me anymore, and I can really use a friend. There's a head lice epidemic, and bugs are all over the school building. The janitors are on strike, and it seems like the exterminators are making the problem worse. Pip and Squeak, my two-headed rat, are still with me along with Karina, a ghostly girl confined to the school grounds. No one knows the student council president is actually a giant insect monster in disguise, and I'll bet he's helping Crawford Tillinghast, the demented physicist. He wants to overthrow the human race with his monsters and creatures, but I'll do everything I can to stop him.I hadn't read the previous two books in the series, but I didn't feel like it affected my understanding. The book reminded me a little bit of My Teacher is an Alien. Robert didn't know which adults could be trusted and which ones were being controlled by Tillinghast. This created an ongoing tension, as did the loss of Glenn. The main conflict was stopping the insect invasion, but then a rescue mission broke out. Robert was determined to save someone, not Glenn, but it was clear the bugs would be exterminated in the process. The whole plot moved along very quickly, as it took only 103 pages to develop and resolve. The quick pace kept things hopping, but it resulted in shallow characters too. The story followed Robert, so his thoughts and feelings were pretty clear. However, all the other characters made appearances as needed without any depth to their descriptions. Overall, the book told a short, amusing story of bugs trying to overthrow humans, but it will probably appeal to a select audience. If the description above interests you, give it a shot. I plan to read the second book in the series to see if it's any different.
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  • Monica Hocking
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome book! Can't wait to get the 4th book in this series!
  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    This may be the only one in the series that actually gave me goosebumps. The descriptions of the bigs, albeit far fetched, was enough to make me itch like there were bugs crawling all over me
  • Konni
    January 1, 1970
    Very cute third installation of the Lovecraft series. When bugs invade Lovecraft Middle School, it is just another odd occurrence for Robert and Glenn to solve.
  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    This book was amusing. This whole series is fun, interesting sci-fi. The characters are great and the world is intriguing.
  • Tim Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    Premise: Robert Arthur has defeated Professor Gargoyle and The Slither Sisters in Crawford Tillinghast’s plot to take over the world: by bringing his strange monsters from the supposedly destroyed Tillinghast Mansion into the grounds of Lovecraft Middle School. With help from his friends Karina Ortiz, Glenn Torkells, and the two-headed rat named Pip and Squeak, Robert was able to defeat the Price sisters by winning the election for student council president. But Robert never wanted to be student Premise: Robert Arthur has defeated Professor Gargoyle and The Slither Sisters in Crawford Tillinghast’s plot to take over the world: by bringing his strange monsters from the supposedly destroyed Tillinghast Mansion into the grounds of Lovecraft Middle School. With help from his friends Karina Ortiz, Glenn Torkells, and the two-headed rat named Pip and Squeak, Robert was able to defeat the Price sisters by winning the election for student council president. But Robert never wanted to be student council president, so he withdrew his bid and gave the position to the friendly Howard Mergler. The problem is that Howard is really a giant bug creature in disguise with the ability to control insects to do his bidding.Howard’s new plot is to infest the school with massive swarms of insects all over Lovecraft Middle School. What a bad time for the janitorial staff to go on strike. As student council president, Howard is trusted by the adoring faculty and staff. There are few who know what he really is, and it is up to Robert, Karina, Glenn, and their pet rat to save the day yet again. Can they defeat a massive insect army led by a giant insect general intent on taking over the world?Themes: The strength of friendship is put to the test in Teacher’s Pest. Pip and Squeak go missing and Robert will do whatever it takes to get them back. Glenn also grows distant after he is stung by a giant wasp, so Robert attempts to connect with his bully friend. But the reasons for Glenn putting off his friends might be the one thing that Robert can relate to, if only they could be forthcoming with each other. These friends are willing to put themselves in danger for each other.Appearances are not a good way to judge people. On the outside, Howard Mergler is a well-dressed, polite, wonderful student. On the inside, he is a cruel bug-monster plotting to take over the world. On the flip-side, Robert is a loner with almost no friends, but after his previous fights and the bravery he displays in battling dark forces, he shows that great things can come from unexpected places.Pros: Teacher’s Pest is full of action and a sense of real danger, more so even than the previous two books. There is some interpersonal conflict not found in the previous books that isn’t necessarily germane to the plot but adds a much deeper character development for the three main characters. Even with the intense action, I thought Teacher’s Pest was more appropriate for younger children than the other books, with less of a scary horror element and more of a gross out factor. Kids will love the bugs, rats, and eyeball monsters. As with the previous two books, the shapeshifting cover is awesome.Cons: The main characters make some odd decisions that were out of character, excepting for the disjointed thought processes of middle school students. Both Robert and Glenn treat friends terribly at some point: Robert out of fear and Glenn out of embarrassment. The behavior is built up over a considerable time, especially in the case of Glenn, and then the explanation is almost too simplistic. There were also almost no references to the work of H.P. Lovecraft apart from an instance of chanting in another language, which is kind of a disappointment for Lovecraft fans seeking elements of homage to the horror great.Recommendations: Make sure you read the first two books in the Lovecraft Middle School series to get a lot of setup information, some of which will be necessary to understand the plot, but most of which will just make the entire experience much better. This series has very high quality writing that is easy to read. It has horror elements that might be too intense for readers on the younger end of the middle grade spectrum, though Teacher’s Pest is more appropriate for younger middle grade than the first two books. It is packed full of bugs that are sure to gross kids out, in a good way. Robert and his friends show us that kids can do great things, especially when there are teachers and mentors who support them in their efforts.
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  • Tiffa (The Readers Lair)
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, everyone needs to appreciate how awesome the covers in this series are! I didn’t actually realise how much I’d missed reading this series until I sat down and started reading Teacher’s Pest. I just love everything about this series and I think that this particular book is my favourite so far! I sat down one evening and just kept reading until I finished it, I just couldn’t put it down! Whilst reading Teacher’s Pest, my skin was crawling and I kept shuddering at the thought of all tho Once again, everyone needs to appreciate how awesome the covers in this series are! I didn’t actually realise how much I’d missed reading this series until I sat down and started reading Teacher’s Pest. I just love everything about this series and I think that this particular book is my favourite so far! I sat down one evening and just kept reading until I finished it, I just couldn’t put it down! Whilst reading Teacher’s Pest, my skin was crawling and I kept shuddering at the thought of all those nasty bugs – god forbid if anything like that actually happened in real life! The illustrations throughout the book are beautifully done and help set the scene really well – they add that extra bit of creepiness to the book that I just love.The character development was even greater in this book than the last, and I felt like Charles Gilman was really pushing himself and became more daring with his writing. Throughout the first two books, nothing is really mentioned about Glenn’s family life, and I loved how we learn a little more about his background in Teacher’s Pest. Robert himself is so much more confident and daring in this book, and I’ve loved seeing him develop from a shy boy, to someone who’ll go jumping into the action to save his friends. With all the things Robert and his friends Glenn and Karina have gone through – I’m sure they’ll all be friends for life.I also loved how it’s was a little more difficult to get away from the bad guys in this book. When they thought they’d gotten past one obstacle, they found another! Sometimes, especially in children’s books, the main protagonist gets away so easily that it’s not believable – but in the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series, it’s always a little more complex – which is really great. I found myself on the edge of the seat because I honestly had no idea what would happen next – my verbal commentary were words along the lines of ‘What?’, ‘Yuck! Gross!’ and ‘RUN!’ that I kept muttering and yelling to myself.Charles Gilman’s writing is funny, quirky, unique and so much fun to read. His characters are interesting to read about and relatable in so many different ways that you just can’t help but love them! Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I’m really enjoying this series as a whole – I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next book! I definitely recommend this book and series to anyone, even if you’re an adult and don’t think you’ll enjoy them, I really believe a lot of adults will really enjoy them as well – I know I am.
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    (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 bonu (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.
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  • Louise
    January 1, 1970
    Lovecraft Middle School is a state of the art school, filled with awesome technology! They’ve got HD video screens, electronic lockers and loads of computers, the school is full of awesome and I wish I could go there, minus the freaky monsters! These books are written in a way that you could easily read them out of order, the author has a clever way of recapping the sinister goings on without being repetitive.I loved the way The Slither Sisters ended, so I couldn’t wait to read Teachers Pest. In Lovecraft Middle School is a state of the art school, filled with awesome technology! They’ve got HD video screens, electronic lockers and loads of computers, the school is full of awesome and I wish I could go there, minus the freaky monsters! These books are written in a way that you could easily read them out of order, the author has a clever way of recapping the sinister goings on without being repetitive.I loved the way The Slither Sisters ended, so I couldn’t wait to read Teachers Pest. In Roberts latest adventure, the school is heaving with bugs, bugs are everywhere! They aren’t just ordinary bugs either, these bugs are super big and they’re taking over the school. Kids are shaving their heads as super lice take over! Eww! Howard Mergler, president of the school council isn’t trying to fix the bug problem, what is he up to? Why is the school nurse acting weird?... she isn’t the only one acting strange, why has Glenn stopped coming for tea and why doesn’t he want to be friends with Robert anymore? And does this have anything to do with the weird looking wasp that stung Glenn days before? Pip and Squeak are back, and this time they have their own mission to go on, which goes horribly wrong, leaving Pip and Squeak trapped in a burrow of gruesome insects and worst still, a Shaggai! What’s a Shaggai you ask?.. Grab this book and find out!I love this series! Teacher’s Pest is packed with action, adventure, mystery and thrills! I loved the ending, it doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, more a sense of dread lol! I can’t wait to get my hand on Substitute Creature! I just KNOW it’s going to be awesome!
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  • Avanders
    January 1, 1970
    Review based on ARC.The best part about reading a good series is when the books get better as they progress. This one does not disappoint.Teacher's Pest is the best yet in the series of the Tales From Lovecraft Middle School. The book begins with Robert and Glenn beginning a day like any other day in the life of a middle schooler. Unlike the first two books in the series, however, a sudden twist in the beginning of the story leaves you questioning the allegiances of even the most faithful of Rob Review based on ARC.The best part about reading a good series is when the books get better as they progress. This one does not disappoint.Teacher's Pest is the best yet in the series of the Tales From Lovecraft Middle School. The book begins with Robert and Glenn beginning a day like any other day in the life of a middle schooler. Unlike the first two books in the series, however, a sudden twist in the beginning of the story leaves you questioning the allegiances of even the most faithful of Robert's friends. Glenn is bitten by an unusual looking, purple-bellied wasp, and his behavior suddenly and dramatically changes. Not only is Robert left wondering if his friend is ok and what it will take to bring him back around, but he is also left largely alone to deal with the new plot of Tillinghast to take over the school and the world.At the end of Book 2 (Slither Sisters), Howard Mergler has been named Student Council President as a result of Robert's gracious actions. As we learn at the end of Book 2, however, Howard is yet another demon-in-disguise and part of Tillinghast's plan. In addition to the purple wasp that Glenn was subject to, the entire school is overrun with creepy crawlers of all varieties. Howard Mergler promises the school that the creepy crawlers will all be gone by the end of the day, but in Robert's investigations, a more sinister plot is discovered.Teacher's Pest is not only an entertaining story and a quick read, but it also contains morals and friend-lessons and is, overall, promising to be an excellent series.I highly recommend for 8+ readers with a penchant for the unusual!
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  • Brad Sells
    January 1, 1970
    This review is entirely spoiler free, even if you haven't started this series. Teacher's Pest is a haunting, chilling and fun read! Gilman has created another middle grade masterpiece and knocked it out of the ballpark with Teacher's Pest! Definitely the best book of the series!If you're looking for a fun and fresh series, look no further - the Lovecraft Middle School series is the perfect choice. Yes, they're creepy, and yes, they're eerie, but they are so. much. fun! I believe that this serie This review is entirely spoiler free, even if you haven't started this series. Teacher's Pest is a haunting, chilling and fun read! Gilman has created another middle grade masterpiece and knocked it out of the ballpark with Teacher's Pest! Definitely the best book of the series!If you're looking for a fun and fresh series, look no further - the Lovecraft Middle School series is the perfect choice. Yes, they're creepy, and yes, they're eerie, but they are so. much. fun! I believe that this series will be the next Series of Unfortunate Events - it's sure to be a hit! The entire school of Lovecraft is so weird and different, but Gilman does a fantastic job at bringing the school to life for the reader.Teacher's Pest definitely has the most unique plot. Bugs are everywhere, and the wonderful illustrations made these freaky creatures even more vivid in my mind! While I'm not scared of bugs, I'm not a fan of them, and I actually got scared at one scene towards the end of the book! Two words: Bug. Pile.The character development is just as great. Robert becomes stronger and more daring in this third book, and I really appreciated that. The author himself is actually more daring! I didn't expect quite a lot of things to occur in Teacher's Pest, and my jaw was open for the majority of the book! Which is why this book is my favorite of the series thus far - I love it when a book has me in suspense and not having a clue what will happen next. Teacher's Pest is mind-boggling!Overall, this series is a must-read for fans of middle grade. Creepy, eerie and a bucket of fun, Teacher's Pest was awesome!
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    After Glenn gets bitten by a gigantic purple wasp, things start to get stranger than they already are at Lovecraft. Because of a custodian's strike, the halls aren't clean and the garbage isn't collected, so bugs start entering the building in droves. Robert ends up with lice, and has his hair shaved off, but is most concerned with how Howard Mergler, that student body president that Tillinghast has put in place, is dealing with the bugs. The exterminators he hired are spraying the halls with ma After Glenn gets bitten by a gigantic purple wasp, things start to get stranger than they already are at Lovecraft. Because of a custodian's strike, the halls aren't clean and the garbage isn't collected, so bugs start entering the building in droves. Robert ends up with lice, and has his hair shaved off, but is most concerned with how Howard Mergler, that student body president that Tillinghast has put in place, is dealing with the bugs. The exterminators he hired are spraying the halls with maple syrup, and when the bugs suddenly disappear, Robert finds that they are in an underground burrow under the school soccer field. Glenn seems odd, Pip and Squeak disappear while investigating air shafts, and Robert gets caught while trying to get the key to the basement. What's going on with Glenn? Can the bugs be contained? What's next in Tillinghast's evil plans?Strengths: Lots of gross details about the bugs; this will be too much for some children, but most will find it grossly amusing. The additional details about Glenn's life are intriguing, and I appreciate that certain key information from previous books is briefly recapped. I also like the librarian, Ms. Lavinia. My favorite quote from her is from page 66 (in the ARC): "I built streaming-video camera helmets for a two-headed rat in fifteen minutes, and you're complaining that they don't have a zoom lens?" Go, Ms. Lavinia!Weaknesses: I'm kind of warming to this series, and I'm curious to see what happens when Robert's mother gets a job as the school nurse in book four, Substitute Creature, that comes out in June.
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  • Gmr
    January 1, 1970
    We're back and Lovecraft Middle School is under attack once again as Crawford Tillinghast tries to take over the school with his army of creatures, features, devious diversions and the like.Howard Mergler is a tricky one and has positioned himself just so within the school's class system to potentially get everything he and the evil Tillinghast desire.By the time this installment is up, we'll have faced clouds of maggots, more than our fair share of lice, and just might be looking at an eternity We're back and Lovecraft Middle School is under attack once again as Crawford Tillinghast tries to take over the school with his army of creatures, features, devious diversions and the like.Howard Mergler is a tricky one and has positioned himself just so within the school's class system to potentially get everything he and the evil Tillinghast desire.By the time this installment is up, we'll have faced clouds of maggots, more than our fair share of lice, and just might be looking at an eternity with our soul in a slightly larger than average urn and our body being used to cause who knows what kinds of havoc in the real world, but hey...at least we'll be doing it together with our friends Glenn, Karina, and Pip and Squeak. Right? Right?!? *-* I love how the books all build off of each other never leaving you to wonder what happened during the days/months/years in between installments. I love how though all installments are a part of the whole, they can in fact be read individually and still enjoyed. I also love how the author keeps the main crew in the spotlight but allows even the smallest of creatures to have additional page time in often unique ways. In conclusion, a definite MUST READ for the MG fan in your life, whether they be tall or small, young or old, from this realm or not (*-*); there is "fun" to be had in the pages of any Lovecraft Middle School story from cover to cover. **review copy was received in exchange for my honest review - full post can be viewed on my site**
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  • Damaskcat
    January 1, 1970
    Robert Arthur’s school – Lovecraft Middle – has been invaded by head lice. But those are not the only insects invading the school and Robert’s friend, Glenn is bitten by a very strange looking wasp. Then there is Howard Mergler, the Student Council President, who is really a monster in disguise. When the school is threatened with a plague of monster bugs, Robert and Karina know that they are the only people who can get rid of the plague – with the help of Pip and Squeak, Robert’s two headed rat. Robert Arthur’s school – Lovecraft Middle – has been invaded by head lice. But those are not the only insects invading the school and Robert’s friend, Glenn is bitten by a very strange looking wasp. Then there is Howard Mergler, the Student Council President, who is really a monster in disguise. When the school is threatened with a plague of monster bugs, Robert and Karina know that they are the only people who can get rid of the plague – with the help of Pip and Squeak, Robert’s two headed rat.Even though the book, and in fact the whole series of horror stories which started with ‘Professor Gargoyle’ and ‘The Slither Sisters’, is aimed at teenagers I found it entertaining enough to keep me reading. If you don’t like insects you might want to avoid the black and white illustrations otherwise you might have nightmares! I like the characters of Robert, Glenn and Karina and the way they relate to one another is well done. They don’t always get on and frequently disagree over the next course of action but ultimately they work together. I found the few adults who appear in the story convincing and interesting too. Sometimes adults in stories aimed at children don’t come over very well but this author manages to make both the child characters and the adult characters believable.
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  • One Pushy Fox
    January 1, 1970
    Quirk Books is a publisher I’ve learned to trust for books that epitomize their name; edgy, different but always thoroughly enjoyable. And the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series is a perfect example of the kind of stories they bring to the marketplace!When we meet Robert at the beginning of this series in Professor Gargoyle we find him facing a typical problem, one no less painful for it’s commonality: the new kid in school with not a friend in sight. However, typical and Robert part ways Quirk Books is a publisher I’ve learned to trust for books that epitomize their name; edgy, different but always thoroughly enjoyable. And the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series is a perfect example of the kind of stories they bring to the marketplace!When we meet Robert at the beginning of this series in Professor Gargoyle we find him facing a typical problem, one no less painful for it’s commonality: the new kid in school with not a friend in sight. However, typical and Robert part ways soon after the opening-day-of-school pep-rally.The third installment of the series, Teacher’s Pest, continues close on the heels of The Slither Sisters. Robert can’t seem to catch a break, as new problems crop up no sooner than the old ones are solved. Added to that is the fact that his friends, Glenn and Karina, are acting strange and aloof. What is Robert to do when the companions he’s had by his side all along start to step away? In this book, Robert’s tested from inside his circle of trust and without, but with imagination, hard-work and determination, he makes it through and discovers along the way that his friends are more complex that he could have previously imagined.Read the full review here.
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  • Annette M Guerriero Nishimoto
    January 1, 1970
    Today's review is on Teacher's Pest (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #3)This fun and creepy series continues the story of Robert Arthur and his friends Glenn Torkells and Karina Ortiz. Crawford Tillinghast is still set on taking over Lovecraft Middle School and it's up to our three hero's to stop him.The demon posing as the student council president, Howard Mergler, has devised a plan for the Master involving bugs. Lots and lots of bugs that infiltrate Lovecraft in droves, and no one knows wh Today's review is on Teacher's Pest (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #3)This fun and creepy series continues the story of Robert Arthur and his friends Glenn Torkells and Karina Ortiz. Crawford Tillinghast is still set on taking over Lovecraft Middle School and it's up to our three hero's to stop him.The demon posing as the student council president, Howard Mergler, has devised a plan for the Master involving bugs. Lots and lots of bugs that infiltrate Lovecraft in droves, and no one knows where all of them are going.In order to find out where the thousands of bugs are heading, Robert agrees to send Pip and Squeak on a recon mission. Something goes wrong though. When Pip and Squeak try to jump across a chasm they disappear and Robert fears what may happen to them.With the help of another demon, Howard's plan seems to be going well. That is until Robert and his friends figure out exactly what it is.Is I have said before, I simply love the covers of these books. They stand out and capture your attention, a sure sign that the author knows the market he is aiming for. And once you start reading you just can't stop. Another fabulous installment that flows seamlessly with the series as well as being a good stand alone book.4 of 5 starsAvailable at Amazon
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  • Keeley
    January 1, 1970
    Teacher's Pest is book three in the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series. I gave this book a 4/5 and I did enjoy it. I have to admit that I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first two, but that is probably due to the amount of bugs that were in it. Obviously with a title like "Teacher's Pest" there were bound to be some bugs, but I felt itchy the entire time I was reading it and I'm not a fan of bugs. Book three picks up where book two left off. Robert was given the opportunity to becom Teacher's Pest is book three in the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series. I gave this book a 4/5 and I did enjoy it. I have to admit that I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first two, but that is probably due to the amount of bugs that were in it. Obviously with a title like "Teacher's Pest" there were bound to be some bugs, but I felt itchy the entire time I was reading it and I'm not a fan of bugs. Book three picks up where book two left off. Robert was given the opportunity to become student council president, but he decided to withdrawal his name from the ballot leaving only his classmate, Howard Mergler, to take the position. Howard was in an accident and now has to walk with braces on his legs. At least, that's what everyone thinks. But Robert knows the truth, Howard has been kidnapped and his body is being used by an evil bug beast that is bringing thousands of bugs into the school to help control the students. Robert and his best friends Glenn and Karina must fight against Howard to destroy all the bugs and prevent more kidnappings!This series is really fun and I will definitely be reading the next book, Substitute Creature, as soon as I can find it. I highly recommend it!
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  • Hollowspine
    January 1, 1970
    The last installment left our heroes in the horrible discovery that Howard Mergler, the nerd they just helped elect student body president, is actually a bug disguised in the nerd's body! And now, Lovecraft Middle School seems to be attracting insects of all types. Wasps, flies, and creepy crawlies of all types are showing up all over the school, following a trail straight into the bowels of the school.Robert, Glen and Karina know the secret of Lovecraft Middle School; that it is filled with str The last installment left our heroes in the horrible discovery that Howard Mergler, the nerd they just helped elect student body president, is actually a bug disguised in the nerd's body! And now, Lovecraft Middle School seems to be attracting insects of all types. Wasps, flies, and creepy crawlies of all types are showing up all over the school, following a trail straight into the bowels of the school.Robert, Glen and Karina know the secret of Lovecraft Middle School; that it is filled with strange portals into Tillinghast Mansion, home to many horrible creatures, all bent on taking over the school and using the student body...for bodies! Now they must find the both the source and the secret hiding place of this new creepy crawly army.It seems with each of these episodes Robert or one of the gang gets captured in Lovecraft Mansion, and are only able to escape by the skin of their teeth. The story is exciting, creepy and in this episode especially, a little disgusting, but it's perfect fun! I'll be looking forward to the gang's next battle! In future I hope we get to know more about Tillinghast's past and explore the creepy mansion...
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  • Alisha
    January 1, 1970
    So the third installment from the Lovecraft Middle School series was…creepy. Things that I liked: I loved that they picked up right where the second book, The Slither Sisters, left off. We were given such a surprising twist at the end of that book, which then makes this book set up perfectly for the readers. I loved that characters both had side issues, but also still had to deal with the big issue of all the creepy crawlies. If I had to go through this when I was in middle school I probably wou So the third installment from the Lovecraft Middle School series was…creepy. Things that I liked: I loved that they picked up right where the second book, The Slither Sisters, left off. We were given such a surprising twist at the end of that book, which then makes this book set up perfectly for the readers. I loved that characters both had side issues, but also still had to deal with the big issue of all the creepy crawlies. If I had to go through this when I was in middle school I probably would have fainted. LOL. I loved the way these books were written. The author did a good job with the descriptions and getting the story told within a reasonable amount of pages for a middle grade novel. I absolutely loved it.Things that I didn’t like: I can’t really think of anything, however I could have done without the pictures of the all the bugs. It really helped picture them throughout the story and I was really creeped out. Overall: I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes Lovecraft or like a good short fast read. I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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  • J.S. Green
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to twelve-year old Robert Arthur, Lovecraft Middle School has a new student body president: Howard Mergler. Unfortunately, Howard isn't what he seemed before Robert handed him the election, and now the school has an insect problem. But Robert would be a lot more confident dealing with it if his best friend Glenn wasn't acting so weird, and if his two-headed pet rat wasn't in trouble.In this 3rd book in the series, the characters get a little more rounded out and we see some of the issues Thanks to twelve-year old Robert Arthur, Lovecraft Middle School has a new student body president: Howard Mergler. Unfortunately, Howard isn't what he seemed before Robert handed him the election, and now the school has an insect problem. But Robert would be a lot more confident dealing with it if his best friend Glenn wasn't acting so weird, and if his two-headed pet rat wasn't in trouble.In this 3rd book in the series, the characters get a little more rounded out and we see some of the issues that concern both Glenn and Karina - but just a little. Still, it's a short and easy read and even a lot of reluctant readers will enjoy the continuing story, especially those who enjoy things like the Goosebumps series. And the changing covers are pretty cool. I'm neither familiar with nor particularly interested in the references to the horror novels of H. P. Lovecraft, but I always liked a good monster story as a kid and this reminds me of some of the books I enjoyed back then. (In fact, I'd bet that Robert Arthur is named for the original author of one of my favorite series - The Three Investigators.)
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  • Farah Jay
    January 1, 1970
    This book immediately starts off from where Professor Gargoyle left off. Now that Robert and Glenn know the real truth behind Lovecraft Middle School, they keep facing dangerous situations. Two of their classmates are actually used as a disguise for two snake-women. Being disguised as middle schoolers, no one is suspicious of their actions. Robert, Glenn, and Karina make it their mission to not let the snake-women get away with what they are planning. This book turned out to be my favorite of th This book immediately starts off from where Professor Gargoyle left off. Now that Robert and Glenn know the real truth behind Lovecraft Middle School, they keep facing dangerous situations. Two of their classmates are actually used as a disguise for two snake-women. Being disguised as middle schoolers, no one is suspicious of their actions. Robert, Glenn, and Karina make it their mission to not let the snake-women get away with what they are planning. This book turned out to be my favorite of the three I have read so far. I loved the adventures, and the story plot was really interesting. Now that Robert and Glenn know exactly what's happening in their school, they know what they're getting into. What's more exciting is that we meet two new characters that actually help the kids in their mission. In this book, Robert and Glenn's friendship grows, and it's great that the readers are able to see that. Also, the pictures in the book just make reading this a much more fun experience!! I really couldn't wait to get my hands on the next book. Despite it being a middle grade read, I really found myself enjoying it and looking forward to when I would be able to continue reading on.
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  • Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Teachers Pest takes us into the underbelly of the school, with all forms of insects, larger than you can imagine! In this edition of the Lovecraft Middle School books, it takes us deeper into the more infested side of the school as giant insects have began to take over. With the new Student Council President Howard Mergler taking charge. His family of insects have come along to launch an attack on the students. Glenn and Robert have a bit of a falling out after Glenn gets stung by one of the hu Teachers Pest takes us into the underbelly of the school, with all forms of insects, larger than you can imagine! In this edition of the Lovecraft Middle School books, it takes us deeper into the more infested side of the school as giant insects have began to take over. With the new Student Council President Howard Mergler taking charge. His family of insects have come along to launch an attack on the students. Glenn and Robert have a bit of a falling out after Glenn gets stung by one of the humongous bees and begins to act different. Robert must learn the secrets of the infestation without Glen's help. Only with his trusted rat- friends Pip and Squeak can Robert begin to find out what is happening before it gets out of hand. So far this was the hardest book for me to read...because I have a huge fear of insects. These bugs were huge, and swarming the school in the millions. From the smallest of lice to the largest of walking-sticks. Not to mention the largest bug of all..Howard Mergler himself!Each book full of different creatures and monsters with non-stop adventure. Creepy and fun for kids of all ages.
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  • Lauren (LaurenHannah.net)
    January 1, 1970
    Read my full review on my book blog Lauren Reads YA.Teacher’s Pest was even more fantastic than the previous two books in this series!In the third installment of the series, Robert and his friends have to stop student council president (and giant fly monster) Howard Mergler from bringing swarms of insects into the school, and turning everyone into giant, creepy bug creatures. That’s all I can really say without spoiling the book too much.I’m going to be honest here and say that I did have some n Read my full review on my book blog Lauren Reads YA.Teacher’s Pest was even more fantastic than the previous two books in this series!In the third installment of the series, Robert and his friends have to stop student council president (and giant fly monster) Howard Mergler from bringing swarms of insects into the school, and turning everyone into giant, creepy bug creatures. That’s all I can really say without spoiling the book too much.I’m going to be honest here and say that I did have some nightmares…. (“Are they on me? I FEEL LIKE THEY’RE ON ME.”)I loved the character development in this book, especially Glenn’s. Makes it easier to understand him and his actions. I’m sad that there didn’t seem to be as much Karina in this one, though! MORE KARINA PLEASE. This has quickly become one of my favourite series. If you like middle grade books, or quirky, weird books in general, please give it a read! *shoves book in hands* (Like, literally. I have a giveaway for the third book. KEEP READING.)Thanks so much Quirk for sending me this book for review!
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    Teacher's Pest begins almost immediately after Book 2, Slither Sisters- with new Student Council President Howard Mergler subtly infesting the school with his insect brethren in order to further The Master's plans. As usual, Robert, Glenn and Karina have to stop him, but soon discover Mergler has his own ally within the school staff. Meanwhile Glenn gets stung by a bug at school and begins acting... strangely. Has the Master finally gotten his hands on one of the boys?The series is a leader of t Teacher's Pest begins almost immediately after Book 2, Slither Sisters- with new Student Council President Howard Mergler subtly infesting the school with his insect brethren in order to further The Master's plans. As usual, Robert, Glenn and Karina have to stop him, but soon discover Mergler has his own ally within the school staff. Meanwhile Glenn gets stung by a bug at school and begins acting... strangely. Has the Master finally gotten his hands on one of the boys?The series is a leader of the pack in what's considered the Middle-Grade genre of books. Like the others it stays more on the casual side of storytelling, but are always fun to read- you can almost feel the critters crawling up your arm! Plus there's the usual cliffhanger/twist at the end to help set up the next story- and it's pretty good! Using the Lovecraft mythology as a basis for the series is also a good way to pique the interest of the next generation of readers for the classics without needing big-budget Hollywood movies or cheesy tv shows to do it.
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