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Teddy vs. the Fuzzy Doom

Interest Age: 8–12
Grade: 3–7
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RL.2.2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Reading Level: Lexile 470L
Paperback : 9781773218564, 280 pages, April 2024 , 8.0" x 5.5"
Hardcover : 9781773218557, 280 pages, April 2024 , 8.0" x 5.5"
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781773218571, 280 pages, April 2024


The secrets of Ravensbarrow have been buried far too long. Now they're waking up . . .

For fans of My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish and The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter, a laugh-out-loud new series that kicks off in a school infested with brain-eating hamsters.

Book 1: Teddy vs. the Fuzzy Doom

Starting at a new school is hard enough for an anxious kid like Teddy. But Ravensbarrow Elementary seems extra unsettling. First, there are the zombielike kids and teachers, with their vacant stares and strange, echoey voices. Then there are the hamsters. So. Many. Hamsters. With their scrabbly claws and beady eyes and . . . wait. Can those hamsters talk?

Teddy must face old fears (making friends) and new ones (evil hamsters!) in this frightening and fast-paced, hilarious, and heartfelt debut.

About the Series: Alongside a crew of misfits, Teddy untangles the supernatural mysteries of the rainy town of Ravensbarrow in this highly illustrated, action-packed new horror comedy series.



“Overflowing with delightful illustrations, readers will be swept away by this humorous tale of evil hamsters and the struggles of being the new kid in school.”

- Tim Probert, author of the Lightfall series

“Evil hamsters! Anxiety! Blarfing! This book has everything, including dynamite doodles that bring the story to life. A madcap page-turning adventure like no other!”

- Arthur Slade, author of the Dragon Assassin series

 “While the light tone breezily matches the absurd premise that hamsters en masse might gather forces and take over a school, Hallett is also careful to frame anxiety, loneliness, and fear as sympathetic, relatable emotions rather than part of the jokes … there’s a lot here to enjoy.”

- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, 02/24

“Buckets of fun and spooky doings.”

- Kirkus Reviews, 03/01/24