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Friday, March 5, 2010

Flashback Friday Review: Teacher's Pet by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Flashback Friday is a feature were I'll review a book that I read as a teen, reread now years later :)

Title: Teacher's Pet
Author: Richie Tankersley Cusick
Publication Date: 1990
Originally Read: circa 1993

Kate likes a little thrill. She likes a little scare. And she loves getting the chance to go to the exclusive week-long writing conference taught by the famous master of horror himself. He's so good at being so bad.
With a teacher like that, you expect a little competition. With a teacher like that, you practically have to kill to get his attention.
Does Kate have what it takes to be teacher's pet?

Another classic from Scholastic's Point publications. This book was soooo cheesy! I loved it! I don't remember being scared the first time I read this but I do remember really getting caught up in the mystery of the story. The characters aren't great - especially Kate - she just annoyed me - but there were plenty of others around that kept the story interesting. And I very much thought I remembered the ending - but I was wrong! So I got to be surprised all over again which was an added bonus.

Every character seems so black and white, I thought for sure I had it all figured out. But what I didn't remember was Cusick's suttle but very effective plot twists that really made this a fun read for me (again :)

The setting of this book always made me think of this old Nintendo game I had...it might have been Friday the 13th or something but it was about a bunch of kids stuck at a summer camp with a killer on the loose. Teacher's Pet very much has that, creepy, scary, evil summer camp vibe.

A great blast from the past! I'll be sure to snatch up any more of Cusick's books I can find out there :)


  1. This is a great feature! It's interesting to look back at the books we've read in the past.

    from Une Parole

  2. *Laughing* I remember this book and yeah it was cheesy but just had a feel to it that I found creepy but also kind of cozy... ^_^


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