History Literature / GraveyardSchool

6th Jun '16 8:18:27 PM SarcasmKid
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One of many kids horror novels published following the growing popularity of the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' books, the ''Graveyard School'' series actually subverted some of the more common elements found in ''Goosebumps''.

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One of many kids horror novels series published following in wake of the growing popularity of the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' books, the ''Graveyard School'' series actually subverted some of the more common elements found in ''Goosebumps''.



* AlphaBitch: Polly Hannah, notable for being an unlikable Alpha Bitch and one of the few reoccurring characters to never be a starring protagonist.

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* AlphaBitch: Polly Hannah, notable for being an unlikable Alpha Bitch and one of the few reoccurring characters to never be a starring protagonist. In fact, if ''Let's Scare The Teacher To Death!'' is anything to go by, even the teachers think she's nauseating.



* AxCrazy: Ms. Stoker.



* CordonBleughChef: The new lunch lady in the first book, whose dishes are made from [[spoiler: stolen pets.]]

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* CordonBleughChef: The new Ms. Stoker the lunch lady in the first book, whose dishes are made from [[spoiler: stolen pets.]]



* GenerationXerox: Kids who've met Polly Hannah's mother regard as an older, frillier, and meaner version of her daughter.



* KidHero: The kids in these books are more action-oriented and usually end up having to save others from getting hurt.

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* KidHero: The kids in these books are more action-oriented and usually end up having action-oriented, taking it upon themselves to save others those around them from getting hurt.being killed by whatever threat they're facing.



* NegativeContinuity: Here and there. It can be difficult to discern a timeline of events depending on when past incidents get referenced. This is especially disconcerting in the summer-themed books.
** Since Grove Hill School ends at 6th Grade, naturally the books taking place over the summer should mention the kids are now free from Graveyard School. Instead, the narration usually mentions they won't have to go back to that school until the summer ends... despite references to what the kids endured in the 6th Grade (Alex and the ghost in the bathroom, Algie and the headless bicycle rider).
** In ''The Gator Ate Her'', Algie is spending the summer with his relatives in Florida, even though he'd spent an entire summer season playing little league baseball in ''The Dead Sox''.



* StrawCharacter: Usually if an opinion is meant to be presented as wrong, Polly Hannah's the one used to express it. In ''The Fright Before Christmas'', Polly parrots her mother's complaints about ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' such as how Charles Dickens' isn't even an American writer, to which Mr. Melon retorts by saying Dickens' abilities as an author transcend nationalities. Which basically translates to him telling her to shut her mouth.



* TeachersPet: Polly Hannah, who has no interest in learning, just sucking up.

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* TeachersPet: Polly Hannah, who has no interest in learning, just sucking up. Although for as much as Polly wants the approval of the school's authority figure, some, like Mr. Melon and Ms. Cheevy, don't like her as well.


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* WithFriendsLikeThese: Averted. The kids in these books are often quite reliable despite any frustrations going on with their classmates.
23rd May '16 7:03:25 AM SarcasmKid
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Published in the 1990s in order to capitalize on the growing popularity of the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' books, the ''Graveyard School'' series actually subverted some of the more common elements found in ''Goosebumps''.

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Published in the 1990s in order to capitalize on One of many kids horror novels published following the growing popularity of the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' books, the ''Graveyard School'' series actually subverted some of the more common elements found in ''Goosebumps''.



The school's staff includes the intimidating Dr. Morthouse, school principal and purported to have a silver fang in her mouth which the students can only catch glimpses of. There is also the overly sweet Vice Principal Mr. Hannibal Lucre, the perpetual growling secretary Mr. Kinderbane, and the mysterious and elusive custodian Mr. Bartholomew, a.k.a. Basement Bart, alongside a rotating cast of teachers, some weird and some normal.

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The school's staff includes the intimidating Dr. Morthouse, school principal and purported to have a silver fang in her mouth which the students can only catch glimpses of. There is also the overly sweet saccharine Vice Principal Mr. Hannibal Lucre, the perpetual perpetually growling secretary Mr. Kinderbane, and the mysterious and elusive custodian Mr. Bartholomew, a.k.a. Basement Bart, alongside a rotating cast of teachers, some weird weird, some normal, and some normal.
evil.



* SadistTeacher: Played straight by many of Grove Hill's teachers, and averted with Mr. Melon, Ms. Camp, Ms. Beamer, and Ms. King.

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* SadistTeacher: Played straight by many of Grove Hill's teachers, such as Mrs. Beak, and averted with Mr. Melon, Ms. Camp, Ms. Beamer, and Ms. King.King.
* SatelliteCharacter: Some characters tend to only be really prominent in one book depending on the main character. Maria Medina's this to Stacey Carter, and Vickie Wheilson's this to her cousin Skate.



* TheScrooge: Christopher Hampton, [[spoiler: but he's mostly scared straight when he's shown a BadFuture where he becomes a politician who dies alone and destroyed the environment.]]

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* TheScrooge: Christopher Hampton, [[spoiler: but he's mostly scared straight when he's shown a BadFuture where he becomes a politician who dies alone and destroyed the environment.after being responsible for massive environmental damage across America.]]
20th May '16 10:39:00 AM SarcasmKid
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* AdultFear: Actually appears in ''The Fright Before Christmas''. Christopher Hampton is shown a vision of his parents discussing their worries over his miserly tendencies and dislike of Christmas. While they do agree with his views on how grossly commercialized the holiday season has become, they voice concern that his unhappiness is far deeper rooted beyond hating Christmas and are more focused on trying to figure out why he is so unhappy and how they can help him.

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* AdultFear: Actually appears AdultFear:
** Jaws' kidnapping and all it's pedophilic overtones in ''Don't Eat The Mystery Meat!''
** Appears
in ''The Fright Before Christmas''. Christopher Hampton is shown a vision of his parents discussing their worries over his miserly tendencies and dislike of Christmas. While they do agree with his views on how grossly commercialized the holiday season has become, they voice concern that his unhappiness is far deeper rooted beyond hating Christmas and are more focused on trying to figure out why he is so unhappy and how they can help him.



* FatteningTheVictim: [[spoiler: Ms. Stoker kidnaps Jaws in ''Don't Eat The Mystery Meat!'' with the obvious implications that she plans to use him for her next lunch recipe after feeding him up some. Jaws literally doesn't realize what she's doing until Park and Stacey save him.]]



* IAteWhat: The reactions Stacey and Park have when they dawn upon the realization that [[spoiler: Ms. Stoker is feeding the school stolen pets, including an anaconda and an ''ant farm''.]]



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Ms. Stoker gets away at the end of ''Don't Eat The Mystery Meat!'' and starts stealing pets in another town.]]



* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: ''Tales To Scary To Tell At Camp'' is the only anthology book in the series. Not only that, but a few of the stories are about adults.

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: SomethingCompletelyDifferent:
** Oddly enough, the first book in the series doesn't have any supernatural elements. Same said for the eighth book.
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''Tales To Scary To Tell At Camp'' is the only anthology book in the series. Not only that, but a few of the stories are about adults.


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* TooDumbToLive: Jaws in ''Don't Eat The Mystery Meat''. [[spoiler: He doesn't find anything suspicious about Ms. Stoker wanting to "Play a trick" on Jaws' parents by making it look like he's missing and keeping him in her basement. A basement which is filled with cages containing dozens of missing animals.]]
16th May '16 9:24:03 PM SarcasmKid
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* TeachersPet: Polly Hannah, but it's noted she has no interest in learning, just sucking up.

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* TeachersPet: Polly Hannah, but it's noted she who has no interest in learning, just sucking up.



* VillainousTeamUp: The vampire and the monster in "Escape from Vampire Park" team up and take over the carnival from Fang.

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* VillainousTeamUp: VillainTeamUp: The vampire and the monster in "Escape ''Escape from Vampire Park" Park'' team up and take over the carnival from Fang.
16th May '16 9:20:52 PM SarcasmKid
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* TheBigGuy: Jaws and Jason Dunbarr share this status.

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* TheBigGuy: Jaws and Jason Dunbarr share this status. Jaws is a benevolent example, Jason isn't.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: [[MeaningfulName Mr. Dolarman]] from ''Row Your Boat'', and George Quayle from ''Slime Lake''.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first ten books often ended with the reveal that the kids were more connected to the strangeness of Gravyeard School than one would assume at first glance. [[spoiler: Kirstin Bjork's the Headless Bicycle Rider, Skip comes from a family of werewolves (but it skipped him over), Marc and Terri's uncle protects the Slime Lake monster, and Jeep's family works for an agency that monitors vampire activity with Jeep himself a junior agent.]]



* FairyTaleEpisode: ''Jack and the Beanstalker.''

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* FairyTaleEpisode: FairyTaleEpisode:
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''Jack and the Beanstalker.''



* GreenAesop: Here and there. Some of the books offer brief tracts against rampant commercialism and environmental destruction. That they aren't shoved down the throats of the readers means they work better than some attempts at the GreenAesop trope are.
** In ''Slime Lake'' Mr. Quayle expresses contempt at those who protest his plans to dredge Slime Lake and turn the area into a commercial resort by wrecking the local wildlife. The kids, especially Stacey Carter (but not Polly Hannah), are disgusted by this.
** In ''The Fright Before Christmas'', Christopher is shown a BadFuture where he became a politician whose greed managed to destroy most of America's forests and air.



* LethalChef: Ms. Stoker from ''Don't Eat the Mystery Meat!'' [[spoiler:She makes school lunches from kidnapped pets, and even plans to use Jaws in one of her recipes.]]

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* LethalChef: Ms. Stoker from ''Don't Eat the Mystery Meat!'' [[spoiler:She [[spoiler: She makes school lunches from kidnapped pets, and even plans to use Jaws in one of her recipes.]]



* TheMagicTouch: How Old Man Stone acquires his statue collection in ''Boys of Stone''. Bonus points for his first name being Midas. [[spoiler: He can also reverse the process if he wishes.]]



* NaiveNewcomer: Garth in ''Scream Around The Campfire'' can't understand why he's being picked on by his bunkmates, leading Alex to realize, despite how big and clumsy Garth is, he's somehow never been bullied a day in his life. [[spoiler: It's because Garth is weird by human standards, but normal by Bigfoot ones.]]



* NonMaliciousMonster: [[spoiler: The kids in Mrs. Storch's class (except for Tim) may be young monsters, but they don't actively terrorize anyone and most of them grew up hearing horror stories about humans the same way human kids grew up hearing stories about monsters. Also, they make it very clear that whatever is wrong with the school they are ''not'' a part of it, and they're also scared by some of the teachers and the principal.]]

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* NonMaliciousMonster: NonMaliciousMonster:
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[[spoiler: The kids in Mrs. Storch's class (except for Tim) may be young monsters, but they don't actively terrorize anyone and most of them grew up hearing horror stories about humans the same way human kids grew up hearing stories about monsters. Also, they make it very clear that whatever is wrong with the school they are ''not'' a part of it, and they're also scared by some of the teachers and the principal.]]



* OffWithHisHead: The ending of ''Twins''.



* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The nameless vampire in ''Escape from Vampire Park'' mentions the differences among vampire clans. Some can ingest garlic, some can withstand sunlight to certain degrees, and some hold no fear of mirrors. This is backed up by ''Camp Dracula'', where [[spoiler: the campers can survive in sunlight with heavy duty sunscreen (but still get sunburned), and have no problem eating garlic (except Martin, who just doesn't like the taste and is teased for it.]]



* SadistTeacher: Played straight and averted with Mr. Melon, Ms. Camp, Ms. Beamer, and Ms. King.

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* SadistTeacher: Played straight by many of Grove Hill's teachers, and averted with Mr. Melon, Ms. Camp, Ms. Beamer, and Ms. King.



* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: ''Tales To Scary To Tell At Camp'' is the only anthology book in the series. Not only that, but a few of the stories are about adults.



* UndeadChild

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* UndeadChildUndeadChild: [[spoiler: Dolores.]]
* VillainousTeamUp: The vampire and the monster in "Escape from Vampire Park" team up and take over the carnival from Fang.
21st Nov '15 2:20:07 AM Glim
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* SeductiveMummy: [[spoiler: Morton may be a subtle variant of this trope. She's not outright seductive, but her relationship with Park may have a shade of this.]]



* TheSmartGuy: Jordie the "Human Computer."

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* TheSmartGuy: Jordie the "Human Computer."Computer".
20th Nov '15 5:45:29 PM SarcasmKid
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* AdultFear: Actually appears in ''The Fright Before Christmas''. Christopher Hampton is shown a vision of his parents discussing their worries over his miserly tendencies and dislike of Christmas. While they do agree with his views on how grossly commercialized the holiday season has become, they voice concern that his unhappiness is far deeper rooted beyond hating Christmas and are more focused on trying to figure out why he is so unhappy and how they can help him.



* MallSanta: ''The Fright Before Christmas'' had Christopher Hampton's little sister freaking out when she realized the Santa at the mall wasn't the real Santa, and she ended up accidentally punching him in the face. This caused the rest of the kids to freak out because they think "Santa's been killed." Christopher's classmates start giving him grief over this, assuming, because they know how much he hates Christmas, he warped his little sister into attacking Santa on purpose.

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* MallSanta: ''The Fright Before Christmas'' had Christopher Hampton's little sister freaking out when she realized being pushed while on the Santa at the lap of a mall wasn't the real Santa, and she ended up causing her to accidentally punching punch him in so hard he falls through the face.store's display and gets knocked out. This caused the rest of the kids to freak out because they think "Santa's been killed." Christopher's classmates start giving him grief over this, assuming, because they know how much he hates Christmas, that he warped got one of his little sister into attacking sisters to attack Santa Claus on purpose.



* ParentalObliviousness: The parents of Grove Hill send their children to a school run by a woman so intimidating that she can make first graders cry simply by looking at them.

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* ParentalObliviousness: ParentalObliviousness:
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The parents of Grove Hill send their children to a school run by a woman so intimidating that she can make first graders cry simply by looking at them.them.
** Averted, in at least one sense, with Mr. and Mrs. Hampton, who are indeed concerned about their son's unhappiness and want to help him but aren't sure how.
* PetTheDog: In ''The Fright Before Christmas'', Stacey Carter is given shoelaces with little bull dog designs on them as apparently someone remembered how deeply she loves her dog Morris. It turns out her Secret Santa was none other than [[spoiler: Polly Hannah]]. Stacey is left almost speechless.


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* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: When Christopher agrees with Stacey Carter that the idea of a Secret Santa gift exchange is a waste of money, Stacey suddenly feels uncomfortable and assumes that she's starting to hate Christmas just like him. Stacey then reassures herself that she ''does'' like Christmas and participates in the gift exchange.
24th Aug '15 2:02:13 PM Glim
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* BoyMeetsGhoul: Never stated explicitly, but can be read as subtext [[spoiler:between Park and Morton]] in ''Don't Tell Mummy''.
31st Jul '15 5:03:22 PM Morgenthaler
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Published in the 1990s in order to capitalize on the growing popularity of the ''{{Goosebumps}}'' books, the ''Graveyard School'' series actually subverted some of the more common elements found in ''Goosebumps''.

to:

Published in the 1990s in order to capitalize on the growing popularity of the ''{{Goosebumps}}'' ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' books, the ''Graveyard School'' series actually subverted some of the more common elements found in ''Goosebumps''.
13th Jun '15 1:19:34 PM SarcasmKid
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* KidsAreCruel: Averted. There are some bullies at Grove Hill, and while the kids might tease each other once in a while, they're never cruel or malicious about it. In fact, whenever someone is acting ''really'' mean and vicious, it's sign that something is very wrong.


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* MallSanta: ''The Fright Before Christmas'' had Christopher Hampton's little sister freaking out when she realized the Santa at the mall wasn't the real Santa, and she ended up accidentally punching him in the face. This caused the rest of the kids to freak out because they think "Santa's been killed." Christopher's classmates start giving him grief over this, assuming, because they know how much he hates Christmas, he warped his little sister into attacking Santa on purpose.
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