Crush Hour

9781496562692. DAHL, Michael. The Squeals on the Bus. ISBN 9781496562722.ea vol: 40p. glossary. (School Bus of Horrors). Capstone. Aug. 2018. Tr $17.99.
Gr 3–7—Riders take nightmarish journeys on the School Bus of Horrors in this new middle grade series from the author of the popular "Library of Doom" titles. Each book follows a different student in a new hair-raising situation, including a bus that keeps shrinking (Crush Hour), an unexpected detour to a graveyard (Dead End), and riders who have horns and lizard tongues that disappear once they get off the bus (The Squeals on the Bus). The series has a highly appealing layout, with bright, graphic illustrations on each page. The readable text features short sentences, and there are typically no more than six sentences per page. The back of each title includes a glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts based on the text.
VERDICT Written between a first and third grade reading level, these books, with enticing covers depicting ghouls, beasts, and other terrors, are sure to attract fans of horror and the supernatural.

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