Middle schoolers should enjoy Professor Gargoyle series

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Author Charles Gilman has a series of books for middle-graders (8-12 years old), the “Tales from Lovecraft Middle School,” which might be perfect for those ages to read this summer. PHOTO PROVIDED

One of the many ways we at the library keep up with information about new technology, improvement of customer service and new books is by viewing “webinars.” Webinars are live online educational presentations.

A few weeks ago I watched the webinar “Books for Kids: Spring Reading for Growing Minds,” offered by School Library Journal. One of the presenters was the author Charles Gilman. When he introduced his latest work for middle graders (8-12 years old), the “Tales from Lovecraft Middle School” series, he was so enthusiastic and engaging that I decided to check the library for available copies. I was not disappointed; the cover, which features a “morphing” photo portrait, is fascinating by itself.

The first book in the series, “Professor Gargoyle,” introduces the young hero Robert Arthur. Due to rezoning he is the only one of his friends who will attend the brand-new, state-of-the-art Lovecraft Middle School. On his first day in school, when he is already anxious, he discovers that the only other person he knows is his personal nightmare, Glenn Torkells, the bully who tormented him for years.

In addition to this horrible encounter other disturbing things are happening at the school. Rats are leaping from lockers. Students are disappearing. The school library is a maze of secret corridors. And the science teacher is acting very peculiar.

I enjoyed reading this book and the next one in the series, “The Slithering Sisters.” Books three and four in the series are “Teachers Pest” (release date May 7) and “Substitute Creature” (release date Sept. 24).

I really had fun reading the first two books. If your child has not yet started participating in our summer reading program, maybe this is the series to start the program with.

A very interesting tidbit is that Charles Gilman’s inspiration to write this series comes from H. P. Lovecraft, an American author (Aug. 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) known for his horror and fantasy stories. Not only Gilman was inspired by him; Stephen King called Lovecraft “the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.”

King made it clear in his semi-autobiographical non-fiction book “Dance Macabre” that Lovecraft was responsible for King’s own fascination with horror and the macabre. Some of Lovecraft’s works are available at the library, including “At the Mountains of Madness,” “The Lovecraft Anthology: A Graphic Collection of H. P. Lovecraft’s Short Stories,” “Tales” and “The Dunwich Horror and Others.”

Library programs

Ongoing: Summer Reading Programs for all ages.

Adult and Young Adult:

Homeschool Information Session & Discussion Group (adults and teens)

Thursday, June 20 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

An information session & discussion group for current and prospective homeschoolers and unschoolers. Adults and teens are welcome.

Teen Movie: “The Amazing Spider-Man”

Wednesday, June 26 from 2 - 4:30 p.m.

Peter Parker is a teen who also happens to be his neighborhood’s superhero. Spider-Man works to learn more about his family’s past and how will it impact his future. Starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Rated PG-13, 136 minutes.


Wii Wednesday (ages 6-11)

Wednesday, June 19 at 3 p.m.

Dig into fun, and enjoy Wii games.

“The World of Anansi the Spider” Puppet Show (ages 6-11)

Thursday, June 20 at 4 p.m.*

Anansi the Spider narrates folk tales from around the world.

* Tickets will be given out 30 minutes before program.

PLAY: Lego Club (ages 4 and up)

Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m.

Dig into creativity. We supply the Legos, and you create the masterpiece.

Monday Matinée (all ages)

Monday, June 24 at 2:30 p.m.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Rated G; 100 minutes)

The Kazoobie Kazoo Show (ages 6-11)

Thursday, June 27 at 4 p.m.*

Join Rick Hubbard and celebrate reading with music, comedy and fun. Free kazoos.

* Tickets will be given out 30 minutes before program.



(under 24 months with adult)

Tuesdays, June 4–25 at 10:30 a.m.


(ages 2 - 6 years) Thursdays, June 6 – 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Mirjam Veldkamp works in the reference department at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library (1133 Mathis Ferry Road, 843-849-6161, www.mtplibrary.blogspot.com, www.ccpl.org). Remember to email MTPReference@ccpl.org if you wish to receive a PDF copy of the programs being held each month at Mount Pleasant Regional.

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