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Nightmare Academy (Nightmare Academy #1)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,011 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
When Charlie Benjamin sleeps, monsters wake up. It's hard to fit in when your nightmares open portals to the Netherworld, where horrible creatures live--like the class 3 Netherstalker that invaded a sleepover and tried to eat the other children. Luckily there's a place for Charlie--the Nightmare Academy. Built from wrecked ships set in the branches of the world's most incr ...more
Hardcover, 329 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by HarperColl (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jun 03, 2009 Tanja rated it really liked it
So we have been reading this as a family. My husband is totally into the book and the best part is that he does voices when he reads the different parts. Dean Lorey has done a great job of creating a fun world for kids to explore. It is creative and funny. The characters are easy to realate to for kids,Oh Theodore- he makes me laugh. My children love the book and they are only 5 and 3. They don't understand everything, but it is great to see my kids enjoy something that sparks the imagination. N ...more
Jan 23, 2008 Susan rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile
Think of Nightmare Academy as Hogwarts only here the good guys learn to banish monsters rather than fight evil wizards. Children with "the gift" go away to a special school to be trained in their respective specialties. The hero begins his studies with a smart girl, and a slightly hotheaded and goofy yet loyal buddy by his side. The hero is both respected and feared at school but his new headmaster takes a liking to him and takes him under her wing. Beginning to sound familiar? Unfortunately, Lo ...more
Heather E
May 09, 2010 Heather E rated it it was ok
A Very Harry Book.

A hero with powerful and rare abilities who must go to a special school to learn to control those abilities. A school full of magically talented kids who take turns practicing on magical creatures. A headmaster who stands up for the integrity of her academy against the bureaucratic head of the magical world. Evil dark lords who need the hero to regain their full strength. And let's not forget the two best friends - the not too-bright but energetic boy best friend and the rule f
Sep 15, 2014 Alessandra rated it it was amazing
I think Dean Lorey did a fantastic job of Nightmare Academy! i love seeing the characters grow and find all the different challenges! Nightmare Academy teaches that no one is perfect and anyone can pursue their challenges!
Jan 30, 2010 Steven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dean-lorey
This book is so awesome, lot's of fun, very exciting, I love it :o)
This book is so cool that I read it once by myself and then once with my son. I recommend this book to the highest level.

I really love 'The Hero's Journey'. I never tire of reading the stories that illustrate this 'monomyth'. That said, there are stories that excel at this embodiment and that compel the reader to keep going and there are others that are not nearly creative enough, nor sufficiently well written to involve the reader and to propel them along the journey. This book falls closer to the latter.

There wasn't a wondrous amount of imagination present, nor much in the way of tension. In fact, ever
Melirik buku ini karena covernya yang mengingatkan gw akan suatu tokoh yang hebat. Plus taglinenya "menjadikan monster ganas menjadi sopan" pinter banget dah penulisnya. Pas di buka layoutnya bikin indah & nyaman di mata. Buku fantasi yang bisa di baca oleh segala usia.

Tema yang di angkat buku ini, cukup unik kalau kata gw. Menjadikan mimpi buruk sebagai suatu portal yang menghubungkan bumi dengan dunia monster, Nether. Dan yang paling gw suka menjadikan ketakutan itu sebagai sumber kekuata
Jul 08, 2009 Truly rated it really liked it
“ aku tidak akan pernah tidur lagi, “ Kata Charlie Benjamin. Karena setiap kali ia tidur dan bermimpi buruk, maka mimpi itu akan menjadi kenyataan. Tidak perduli saat tidur siang atau dimalam hari.
Selama ini orang tua Charlie, Barrington dan Olga mengira Charlie mengamuk saat bermimpi buruk, sesungguhnya ia membiarkan monster-monster memasuki dunia kita dan menyebabkan kerusakan. Oleh karenanya, keluarga Benjamin tinggal di rumah model 3, yaitu rumah sederhana, kuat dan andal.
Setiap anak be
Cheryl Rainfield
Feb 17, 2008 Cheryl Rainfield rated it really liked it
Charlie’s imagination is so strong that when he has a nightmare, the nightmare creature gets portaled right into the room where he’s sleeping. This caused a lot of problems for Charlie, including his parents becoming both over-protective of him and very restrictive, isolating him from other people and children. People are afraid of him, and he doesn’t fit in anywhere. Charlie is very lonely, until one day some people come from the Nightmare Academy, a school that trains children with imagination ...more
Aug 21, 2008 Daanon rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Daanon by: Becca
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Mar 14, 2015 Lazybee rated it liked it
When harry meets monsters inc.
This book can be summarized with that line. The similarity of this book with harry series is a little more than ordinary. I am not saying it's bad, it's just that, it feels like a hybrid kid of Harry Potter and monsters inc(an animated movie).
There are three kids. 2 boys and a girl.
There is a secret academy to hone their special abilities. I can go on. But let's stop it at that.
As a story, this book is kinda average light read. Nothing special.
Carlos Escobedo
Jun 04, 2015 Carlos Escobedo rated it really liked it
Have you ever had the fear of feeling that someone is watching you while you're asleep? Have you ever feared that your nightmares may come into a reality? Well for Charlie both aren't a choice for him to have.Charlie Benjamin is an ordinary looking kid through out the day, but at night when he falls asleep, he manages to open portals into the Netherworld which is a world filled with horrendous monsters of all kinds. His parents have even had to lock him up on his room because they had no idea wh ...more
Nov 10, 2014 Emma rated it liked it
I loved every startlingly bright image Nightmare Academy showed me. I really enjoyed picturing the giant tree of recycled wrecks and arenas, and the deserts and mountains and volcanoes teeming with monsters, and I LOVED the hags with their purple hair, cracking green skin and rank, torn gowns. What kept me from rating it higher, however, was the lack of dimension in pivotal characters - though I admit, I found Rex the Monster Wrangler as charming as any young lady might - and it took me out of t ...more
Aug 19, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
A very fun, light, and quick read! Some Gregor the Overlander, a dash of Percy Jackson, and a maybe a pinch of Harry Potter, and I think I have what you can expect from Nightmare Academy. The characters and their dialogue are hilarious and witty! I really look forward to learning a little more about each of them, as I have the feeling that this will be one of those series where by book four, you'll be kept up at night crying as a beloved character dies... or would that be too much wishful thinki ...more
Angelic Zaizai

Akhirnya baca juga buku ini, sebenarnya ga begitu tertarik, karena sempet buka2 dikit di toko buku [emang udah kebuka bukunya, bukan gw yang robek plastiknya haha:], kok kaya'nya rada-rada Harry Potter gitu yah.
Tapi karena banyak yang udah baca, ikut2 deh baca ... plus tergoda katanya ada setting di Indonesia... [halah ternyata dijadiin sarang monster... nasib nasib ..:]

Kemiripan sama Harry Potter karena genk-nya Charlie juga tiga orang, dua cowok dan satu cewek [meskipun ntar tambah satu cewek
Pedro Benoliel
It started out so well - engaging, exciting, vividly written...even the cookie-cutter 'tortured gifted preteen' protagonist somehow rang true. Charlie's helpless losing battle against the weird things that happen in his sleep, the reveal, the ensuing world-building...everything was so well handled that even the odd ripoff notes (Charlie gets a letter, just like a certain bespectacled wizard, and the first appearance of the Nightmare Division brigade closely mirrors a similar scene from Darren Sh ...more
Sherra Rogers
Jan 02, 2014 Sherra Rogers rated it liked it
Nightmare Academy is about a boy named Charlie Benjamin. The fiction story is about how when Charlie falls asleep, he opens a portal where monsters from the 'Netherworld' can come into the modern mortal world and destroy everything. So therefore, Charlie finds himself at the Nightmare Academy where he can train with others like him to fight off the horrendus monsters. Charlie and his friends go to the worst, monster-infested place in the Netherworld and try to defeat the mosters there that are c ...more
Dec 06, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was amazing
Charlie Benjamin has a sleeping problem. Not getting to sleep, or staying asleep, or waking up on time. It's what his sleep summons that's the problem: ever since he was little he's been waking up to find monsters and mayhem. No preschool would take him because his nap time was always too disruptive to the rest of the class. So Charlie has been living at home with his well-meaning but overprotective parents, who provide everything for him except a friend. And then his nightmares start summoning ...more
Aaron Jun29094
Sep 03, 2014 Aaron Jun29094 rated it liked it
I think that the story and the plot was very interesting but it is kind of hard to call it an exciting book with the level of intensity it has. Honestly, when there were actually the exciting parts coming out that makes you want to keep reading and feeling how it is connected to you or if it moved your emotions, there were barely any parts like that and when it happens, there are only the same level of excitement put into it. If I had to talk about what the main character Charlie was like, I wou ...more
Jun 18, 2011 Katherine rated it it was ok
To tell you the truth I really found this book depressing and deep. It was all about nightmares, finding the things that make you sad and most scared. There was nothing redeeming about it. Even the friendships that were midly formed were formed on fear and bullying. Not really sure that it was terrible, it was an interesting idea, but just really sad to think of a life only full of fear.
Mar 12, 2011 Jeanette rated it liked it
This was a fun quick read. I don't know if I would really want to read the others. It was too similar to the Harry Potter formula for stories... three teenagers (two boys and one girl) run away from the nightmare academy (without their teachers or headmaster) to take on the big bad villain.
This book tries really hard to be wacky and hip, and the two characters who were supposed to be funny were pretty much detestably sexist. (Hint: calling your female coworker “sweetheart” after she’s asked you not to is not funny and charming, it’s demeaning.)
Aug 11, 2013 Christopher rated it really liked it
It's a very nice book series. I like how this whole system is explained, and how it all fits together and makes sense.

Charlie is someone a lot of people can really relate to, and his friends are good. I'm hoping Theodore gets with Volet c:
Sheila Beaumont
Fun, page-turning story, for middle-graders and up, set at Nightmare Academy, where Charlie Benjamin and his schoolmates learn to control the monsters that their nightmares bring to Earth. Sending this on to my grandsons.
Alan Garcia
Oct 16, 2014 Alan Garcia rated it really liked it
The book Nightmare Academy monster hunters, Is a great book. I chose this book because i found it very interesting and unique. The fact it revolves around a boy with a unique power and having to learn to control it is very different from any book i have read.

Monster hunters revolve around a young boy named Charlie Benjamin, Charlie has a unique power of making portals appear when he sleeps. When he sleeps he has nightmares filled with monsters and different creature.These portals are connected
Jan 03, 2015 Laura rated it did not like it
Tried too hard to be a follow-up series to Riordan's Percy Jackson (with a hint of Darran Shan's Demonata), and doesn't quite make it.
Mark Ryan
Apr 01, 2015 Mark Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy to find HP similarities but this was a very fun enjoyable read for this adult
Apr 27, 2016 Marlana rated it really liked it
One word: amazing.

I won't recap the plot because it's been done well by other reviewers here. I will say that I disagree with the comparison to Harry Potter. Maybe it is similar in a sense, but it's certainly no rip off and I've read many a book that was clearly a Harry Potter ripoff.

Nightmare Academy is action packed from start to finish, a tad bit mysterious, and the characters are real enough that you feel as if you know them. I look forward to completing the series and I have to say this is
'Nightmare Academy' - One of the more fun, dramatic and creative 'Harry Potter' rip-offs I'd picked up in the once humble abode of my school library.

Premise: Some kids - very imaginative kids - possess the gift to create portals while they sleep, through which nightmare monsters come into the real world. So the children are sent by the Nightmare Division to Nightmare Academy, which is a giant tree (come to think of it, the whole book does read like a bizarre dreamworld). Charlie Benjamin is the
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
Other reviews have commented on some of the similarities between this book and Harry Potter, so I won't really dwell on those. I will say, though, that I did notice some of them - but that's not really the reason for my rating.

Mostly I just found the book kinda meh. For a book in which nightmares create conduits to the Netherworld which allows nasties to come through, everything was sort of rather tame. And the one event which evoked any pathos and connection with the story for me - i.e. when (v
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Emmy-Nominated screenwriter, Dean Lorey, is currently an Executive Producer (with David E. Kelley) on THE CRAZY ONES, a comedy starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar that premieres on CBS this fall. His past TV credits include ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, MY WIFE AND KIDS and RUNNING WILDE.

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“Good morning,” she said. “I am Headmaster Brazenhope.” “No way!” Theodore blurted, astonished. “The Headmaster’s a chick!” Without a word, the Headmaster waved her hand and a portal opened up in the deck beneath Theodore. He fell soundlessly into the Nether. With another wave, the portal closed shut behind him. “Any other comments?” the Headmaster asked. Everyone vigorously shook their heads.” 0 likes
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