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Scare Scape

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  87 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Three wishes go awry in a middle-grade debut as comical as it is spooky.

Toxic Vapor Worms. Shark Hounds. King-Crab Spiders. Two-Headed Mutant Rodents.

These are just a few of the beasts featured in the pages of Scare Scape, the creepiest comic book around. They are vicious. They are terrifying. They are, luckily, totally made up.

Morton Clay is a huge fan of Scare Scape, so
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Scholastic Press (first published July 1st 2013)
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Sam Fisher
Oct 23, 2013 Sam Fisher rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I'm probably too biased to be allowed to review this...
Julie Williams
Jul 29, 2013 Julie Williams rated it really liked it
Be careful what you wish for...right??? In this book Morton, his brother James, and his sister Melissa move into an old run down house with their father. While mowing the lawn Morton discovers a gargoyle with a mysterious message about breaking fingers and getting wishes. Not taking it seriously Morton wished that his scary toys from the magazine Scare Scape would be more realistic and his sister wished for an enormous closet. James also makes a wish after a huge fight with his sister but can't ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Moakes rated it it was amazing
hi peeps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
scar scape is a book for grade four's and up. the book is really scary book . it is all so really good to. I liked it because it's funny in some parts and some parts are scary and some really sad.
When the Clay family moves to a large house in the country, youngest boy Morton is delighted to learn that it once belonged to the man who wrote extremely frightening stories featuring horrible monsters in a comic series called Scare Scape. Morton stumbles upon a gargoyle buried in the yard, and he and his siblings Jake and Melissa each make a wish. As expected, the wishes are only briefly satisfying since there is dark magic at their roots. Morton's collectible versions of the monsters dreamed ...more
Ian M
Feb 10, 2015 Ian M rated it it was amazing
Grade/interest level: 3-7
Reading level: 820 Lexile
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Suspense
Main Characters: Morton, Melissa, James, Robbie, Mr. Brown, John King, Dad
Setting: House, School, Backyard
POV: 3rd Person POV

Morton is a kid who loves monsters, horror, and terrible deaths. He is also a huge fan of scare scape a comic made by a man named John King. Morton moves into King's house unknowingly. The house turns out to be a large mansion dating back to around the victorian era. Morton really
Colette Dufault
Dec 28, 2013 Colette Dufault rated it liked it
Shelves: myrca-2015
Morton moves into what could easily be a haunted house, only to unleash Dark Magic that has been previously hidden there, he wishes for his ScareScape Magazine figurines to come to life and they do! Tween boys will love Morton, who is not only the youngest but the bravest of his siblings. Recommended for avid readers with a love of Goosebumps and Pokemon.
Teresa Edmunds
Jan 04, 2015 Teresa Edmunds rated it liked it
This book is a cross between “Jumanji” and the Spiderwick Chronicles. A boy named Morton finds an ancient statue when his family move into an old house once owned by a horror comics writer. He and his older brother and sister make three wishes that come true…sort of. There is dark magic so the wishes get twisted and horrible things happen. There are monsters and bullies but also new friends. There is a “surprise” turn of events at the end that isn’t fully explained. It takes 250 pages to build u ...more
Sep 23, 2013 Barbra rated it liked it
Who wouldn’t want to see their toy monster collection come to life? Morton digs up a strange gargoyle in the garden of his new home and when he finds out that the maker of his creepy Scare Scape comics was the home’s last owner, he realizes he is in over his head. This story will thrill and chill young monster lovers. Fun illustrations and a monster guide helps complete the picture.
Carolyn Arrington
Aug 01, 2014 Carolyn Arrington rated it liked it
This is a Junior Library Guild selection.

Thirteen year old James wishes that the action figures from his favorite horror comic book series Scare Scape would become more realistic. They do; they come to life! James and his older sister Melissa who normally spend most of their time squabbling must join forces with James' new friend Robbie to battle the ferocious monsters, solve the mystery of the missing cats, and defeat a villain.

The horror genre is not my favorite; however, it was engaging enoug
Vivian Lee
Oct 22, 2013 Vivian Lee rated it it was amazing
Loved this "young reader" book, though I'm far from being one. It is similar in feel to the Harry Potter books or to Roald Dahl. Somewhat scary, more so to younger readers, but there's no gratuitous violence in it. The characters are well drawn and the story carries you along. Very much recommended!
Nov 20, 2013 Scott rated it really liked it
A wonderful mystery adventure, with unexpected revelations and lots of suspense. Well crafted character relationships and a plot that was on point in its pacing made this quite the enjoyable read.
Jacob Cummins
Sep 05, 2013 Jacob Cummins rated it it was amazing
Really had a great time reading this. A good story with lots of action and some kind of cool ideas. Very inventive. Going to give it to all my nieces and nephews for Christmas this year.
Ms. Yingling
Morton, James and Melissa move from their bright apartment in the city to a creepy old house in a town where their British born father can work in a planetarium. The move seems to be motivated by their mother's recent death, but this is only mentioned briefly. Morton is a huge fan of the Scare Scape comics, although his brother is no longer interested in them. After they break a lawn mower on a creepy statue of a garden gnome and make wishes on it, things start to happen. Melissa gets a huge clo ...more
May 14, 2014 Raina rated it really liked it
Shelves: j, creepyish
Got kids who can't get enough of Goosebumps? Give them this.

Scare Scape is about a family who moves into a creepy old mansion. The youngest of the family is obsessed with "Scare Scape" - a world of comic books. He has an extensive collection of action figures based on the gruesome creatures featured in the comic. His one wish is that they become more realistic...

The cover is awesome, and colorful, and the book pays off.
The siblings relationships are realistic and honest, and the plot takes twis
When Morton and his siblings move to a new town after their mother dies, he really isn't up to a new adventure. But when the kids find a strange statue buried in their new front yard, weird things begin to happen. For example horrible creatures from Morton's favorite comic begin to come to life and take over.

Can the kids get control before things really get out of hand?

A great "scary story" for upper elementary kids.
Jun 13, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book for upper elementary students and junior high. It has kids, monsters, excitement and a touch of horror. My grade 4 and 5 students LOVED it. The suspense had them on the edge of their seats. The three main characters: Morton, James and Melissa are very believable as two brothers and a sister trying to find their place in a new town.
Stephanie Mohler
It was OK for what it is- a scary book for kids. Morton (who's a BIG fan of Scare Scape comics) and his older siblings move into a old, run down house with their father. While mowing the yard, Morton unearths an old statue that grants 3 wishes to the siblings. Needless to say, the wishes don't go as planned and the kids have to figure out how to reverse them. Wish the book cover was spookier.
Mar 03, 2014 Summer rated it liked it
Shelves: youth, horror
I agree with the reviewer who recommended this for lovers of Goosebumps and Pokemon.

The read itself was fun, but don't expect a lot of depth to this story. Too many elements spoil the plot, and the plot looked like swiss cheese by the end, but still wrapped up relatively well.
Apr 09, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
A wonderfully gruesome, but heartfelt tale.
After their mother's death, Morton and his family seek a fresh start with a new town and a creepy new home where their darkest wishes unfortunately come true.
Jan 21, 2016 Mrs. rated it really liked it
A good fantasy read which is reminiscent of Harry Potter but with a twist of a storyline based on the creatures in a comic book coming to life after the teens in the family make 3 wishes on an ancient statue.
Erin Pauley
Mar 04, 2015 Erin Pauley rated it really liked it
This book was so much fun!!! I would recommend this to any one who loved goosebumps or fear street or to anyone who likes a fun scary tale.
Sep 17, 2015 J rated it really liked it

Interesting but at times I were a little bored.
I really liked it when sam fisher went to my school and read all of chapter one.I would recommend for grade 4-6.
Apr 04, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2014-new
Mar 08, 2015 Calder rated it it was amazing
89000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 Bonus points for Scare scape .

"Ooooh, Scare Scape. I would give that like 52 stars!" (2/26/15)
Danica Midlil
Jul 14, 2014 Danica Midlil marked it as to-read
IL: Middle Grades
AR: 5.4
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Sam Fisher worked as a scenic carpenter on movie sets before quitting his day job to become a writer and teacher. A native of England, Sam now lives with his wife and children in Canada, where he teaches screenwriting and film production at NSCAD University. "Scare Scape" is his first novel.

Source: Scholastic.
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