* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Cory [[spoiler:jamming a broomstick down Old Mose's throat]], for one.
** The calm and slow Mr. Lightfoot [[spoiler:disabling a goddamn bomb]] while Mr. Moulry complains and insults him all the way, and then [[spoiler:scaring the daylights out of him by imitating an explosion]]. That second part doubles as a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
** Pretty much the entirety of "High Noon in Zephyr".
** For most of the book Cory and his friends are picked on by a couple of bullies. Then they go too far and [[CurbStompBattle get both their asses handed to them for it by one of Cory's friends.]]
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: "Thanks Mr. Baylock, we sure do appreciate the..." [[spoiler:"SPIDERS!!!!!"]]
* FridgeHorror: The quirks of a couple of certain characters become much, much HarsherInHindsight when the identity of the killer is revealed. Specifically, [[spoiler: Dr. Lezander's habit of giving people temporary nicknames. He did the same thing for Jews on the way to the gas chambers. And remember his wife's cute little ceramic birds? Made with human bones.]]
* NightmareFuel: ''Literature/BoysLife'' is a SliceOfLife novel about a year [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin in the life of a boy]]. It switches between sweet and heartwrenching, but overall it's a peaceful story (well, apart from the horrific murder that sets off the plot but nevermind that for now) and for the most part free of NightmareFuel- except for "Case #3432". You will never regard UnexplainedRecovery and DisneyDeath the same way ever again.
* TearJerker: You won't get through this book without shedding at least a few tears...
* TheWoobie: Tom Mackenson becomes one over the course of the story, being horribly scarred by the murder and experiencing horrifying nightmares about the victim sinking and ''calling him''. To add insult to injury, Tom [[spoiler: loses his job as a milkman]] due to the construction of a supermarket and is [[spoiler:forced to become a dishwasher]].
** Cory's friend Ben could count, too, what with being a prevailing dork even by his friends' standards and [[spoiler: having to deal with his alcoholic dad]].