The Claiborne Elementary Files

The Infected Faculty

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
88 Pages
Reviewed on 02/28/2023
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Author Biography

Kip Keith is a writer and illustrator whose young mind was delightfully twisted by a healthy obsession with MAD Magazine, Saturday morning cartoons, and both The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes comics. At the time of this writing, he and his wife have eight grandchildren with whom Kip delights in making up fanciful stories to ignite their imaginations!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alex Ndirangu for Readers' Favorite

Yesterday Boomer had a bad day. He was late for school, almost missed the bus, had his breakfast pastry and lunch accidentally smushed on the sidewalk, and endured bullying for showing up in pajamas. But today's morning is much better. After waking up early, he boards the bus safely and without incident. Everything seems to be going well until he goes to English class. Miss Hornbuckle, his teacher, who is usually cheerful and greets each child as they enter, stands motionless with her back to the room. Concerned, Boomer goes up front. There, he finds Miss Hornbuckle twitching awkwardly. Without warning, the teacher lets out a blood-curdling growl and turns to face the room in a savage fury! The kids run out of the room in a mad dash toward the hallway. But a group of teachers and faculty members come down the hall, their mouths impossibly large with sharp, ragged teeth and eyes bulging with rage. Are Boomer and his friends going to survive the gang of wild adults bearing down on them? Read The Claiborne Elementary Files by Kip Keith to find out.

The cover design of this book is well done and draws the reader's attention. The colors are eye-catching, and the centrally located old school, with its doors locked and surrounded by dark skies, promises the reader a treat of terror and suspense. With well-crafted sensory descriptions that are vivid, Kip Keith draws you deep into the scene to experience the surrounding tale. I found myself praying that the kids had left the hallway door open, in case the zombified teachers and staff gathered on the lawn turned savage again and attacked. Keith does an exceptional job with character development and everyone will find their favorites. My favorite character is Carla. Though her legs don't work and she has to get around in a wheelchair, she decides she will be the best wheelchair kid ever. She has a beautiful smile and never fails to flash it to her friends, even when adversity threatens to take over.

The Claiborne Elementary Files achieves an excellent standard of storytelling and adventure that will suit teenagers. It is an easy-to-read, intense, spellbinding story incorporating mystery and science fiction. Given the fact that the villains are still on the loose, there is a lot for readers to look forward to. If you are searching for a new series packed with thrilling and captivating adventures for your child, look no further!

Kim Zoby

The Claiborne Elementary Files: The Infected Faculty by Kip Keith begins with two mysterious scientists planning a sinister event against the inhabitants of Claiborne. As the day breaks, Boomer, a frantic elementary student, rushes out his front door half-awake to catch his school bus only to discover he is still in his pajamas. Upon arriving at school, Boomer is relentlessly bullied for his appearance and escorted to the teachers' lounge for a change of clothing. Miss Hornbuckle and Boomer’s arrival at the office scares away a strange man meddling in the kitchen. Soon something seems amiss amongst the faculty members; they have violent personality changes, smell horrendous, and drool non-stop. Now it is up to Boomer and his close-knit group of friends to use a scientific method to discover what is happening to the adults of Claiborne Elementary.

The Claiborne Elementary Files' first book, The Infected Faculty, is an exciting children’s story full of intrigue and hilarious scenes that will keep the reader wanting more. The pen and ink illustrations are basic drawings yet visually distinct enough to bring a sense of urgency and doom to events as they take place. Zap, the mohawk-wearing guitarist, is my favorite of Kip Keith’s creations. His quick-to-action attitude and guitar swordplay could take on the most dangerous foe. Kip brilliantly draws you into the story and educates you about the scientific method without losing pace in the adventure. Honestly, I was thrilled to find such a page-turner that also educates young children. I highly recommend it and look forward to the next book in the series.

Maria Victoria Beltran

The Claiborne Elementary Files: The Infected Faculty is a chilling fantasy written for children by Kip Keith. Boomer goes to school at Claiborne Elementary School. Established in 1952, the school looks more like a prison with a large menacing tower rising high in the center of the roof. Waking up late, Boomer finds himself bullied for wearing his pajamas to school. He finds a friend in Zap who tries to defend him. One day, something ominous happens at school; all the teachers and faculty suddenly turn into furious monsters prowling the halls and intimidating the schoolchildren. Together with Zap, Dot, and Carla, Boomer tries to resolve the madness using the scientific method. Can the four schoolchildren find out what turned their teachers into monsters and save themselves?

Kip Keith’s The Claiborne Elementary Files is a scary read ideal for children, especially those who like monster stories. The characters are relatable, especially for schoolchildren, and our four heroes are likable. The author uses foreshadowing as a literary device to drop hints that something sinister will happen later on in the tale. This provides both shock and satisfaction at the finish. The four children use the scientific method to solve the problem, which is informative and should be a great learning experience for kids. However, when more teachers turn into monsters, it looks like our heroes are in over their heads. With a plot that is easy to follow, this is both a thrilling and entertaining reading experience.

Amy Louise Hill

In The Claiborne Elementary Files: The Infected Faculty by Kip Keith, Boomer’s day is doomed the moment he opens his eyes. It starts with him oversleeping and being late for school and having to run for the school bus; luckily Driver Dan stops and allows him on board. Then, he realizes he is still wearing his colorful flannel pajama bottoms. And to top it all off, he then gets into an altercation with a bully, Gregory Trickle. Thankfully, Boomer’s newly made friend Elwood Zapruda, aka Zap, steps in and rescues him. The children’s teacher Miss Hornbuckle approaches and handles the situation, whilst helping Boomer with his pajama mishap. Everything is back to normal for Boomer, or at least so he thinks. When he arrives at school the next day, Boomer notices something strange about Miss Hornbuckle, she is staring at the whiteboard, and not responding to any of the children. All of a sudden, something unexpected happens. Miss Hornbuckle turns around and starts acting viciously towards everyone, like an animal. What is going on with Miss Hornbuckle? And will the kids get to the bottom of it all?

The Claiborne Elementary Files is an enjoyable read, a fun and imaginative book for children. Children are going to love and laugh at this incredibly written story by the talented Kip Keith. He certainly knows how to grab your attention from the get-go and keep it throughout. Every page is filled with mystery and intrigue, enabling young readers to be enthralled by the world Kip has created. Together with a great storyline, it also has some cool illustrations. If you are looking to entertain your young reader, then look no further; this story is for you!

Melanie Kennedy

The Claiborne Elementary Files: The Infected Faculty by Kip Keith is a delightful children’s story about a sinister scientific experiment and the special crew of kids who save the day. Boomer is late for school and running headfirst into the bus is just the beginning of his problems. He has to contend with bullies and the fact that he forgot to change out of his pajama pants for school; how embarrassing! The next day is even worse. The teachers are acting strange and it’s up to the kids at Claiborne Elementary School to figure out what to do. Will Boomer and his friends run away screaming like all the other kids, or will they stick around and save the school, themselves, and the whole town from impending doom?

The Claiborne Elementary Files is fun to read. I loved the drawings of Boomer and his rag-tag friends who are intent on solving the mystery of the terrifying teachers. Kip Keith does a wonderful job of adding educational elements to this entertaining story. This creates fun and teachable moments as he explores the scientific method and introduces terminology with quirky jokes, ensuring children will enjoy learning the new ideas and improving their recall of these terms. I loved the offbeat characters Keith created, especially punk-rock Zap. He truly is the embodiment of a good friend and a great example of how to be happy with yourself and how to treat others kindly. The Claiborne Elementary Files is a must-read and I can’t wait to see what other wacky experiments the sinister scientists have up their sleeves.