THE EVIL LIBRARIAN SERIES, BOOKS 1-3, by Michelle Knudsen, Candlewick Press

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#EvilLibrarian He’s young. He’s hot. He’s also evil. He’s . . . the librarian.

When Cynthia Rothschild’s best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, Cyn can totally see why. He’s really young and super cute and thinks Annie would make an excellent library monitor. But after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s the creepy look in the librarian’s eyes, or the weird feeling Cyn gets whenever she’s around him. Before long Cyn realizes that Mr. Gabriel is, in fact . . . a demon. Now, in addition to saving the school musical from technical disaster and trying not to make a fool of herself with her own hopeless crush, Cyn has to save her best friend from the clutches of the evil librarian, who also seems to be slowly sucking the life force out of the entire student body! From best-selling author Michelle Knudsen, here is the perfect novel for teens who like their horror served up with a bit of romance, plenty of humor, and some pretty hot guys (of both the good and evil variety).

Out September 9, 2014

346 Pages Approx.

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The stage is set for a fiendishly dramatic summer at theater camp for Cynthia and her boyfriend, Ryan. With no demons at all. Right?

Last fall, Cynthia Rothschild saved her best friend, as well as the entire student body, from the demon librarian, Mr. Gabriel, all while executing the most awesome set design for the school musical, Sweeney Todd. But now that all that demon stuff is behind her, Cyn is looking forward to the best summer ever at theater camp with her former-crush-and-now-boyfriend, Ryan Halsey. Once she gets to camp, though, Cyn realizes this summer might not be all she’s been hoping for. First, Ryan’s best camp friend is a girl (which Ryan had never mentioned to Cyn), and she just happens to be ridiculously pretty. Plus, it seems the demon stuff is not entirely over as Cyn had hoped. At least any new demons that show up to ruin her summer can’t possibly be as evil as Mr. Gabriel. It’s not like he could somehow come back to life to seek his terrible revenge or something. Best-selling author Michelle Knudsen brings back all the hilarity and horror (not to mention hot guys) in this sizzling sequel to Evil Librarian.

Out April 6, 2017

288 Pages

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Will it finally be curtains for the demonic Mr. Gabriel in this climactic chapter of the Evil Librarian series?

After sending the evil librarian, Mr. Gabriel, back to the demon world once and for all at theater camp last summer, Cynthia is ready to enjoy a completely demon-free senior year of high school, especially once she learns the fall musical will be Les Mis�rables. She can’t wait to create the most incredible barricade set design in all of high-school theater. And her boyfriend, Ryan, is sure to land his dream role of Javert. But down in the demon realm, an epic mishandling of Mr. Gabriel’s essence leads to his escape — and soon he’s gathering strength, bent once again on revenge against Cyn and everyone she loves. Best-selling author Michelle Knudsen’s Evil Librarian series overflows with horror, humor, and hot guys — and it looks like this show’s got a third act.

Out August 13, 2019

336 Pages Approx.


I’m the author of 47 books for young readers for all ages. Titles include the New York Times best-selling picture book Library Lion (illustrated by Kevin Hawkes); the middle-grade fantasy novels The Dragon of Trelian, The Princess of Trelian, and The Mage of Trelian; and the YA novels Evil Librarian (which won the 2015 Sid Fleischman Award for Humor) and Revenge of the Evil Librarian.

My next book will be the final novel in my Evil Librarian trilogy: CURSE OF THE EVIL LIBRARIAN (coming August 13, 2019).

I also work as a freelance editor and private writing coach and teach in Lesley University’s MFA program in writing for young people.


I received these books in exchange for my honest opinion.

This is a young adult fantasy series that has remarkable undertones, at times, resembling Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Then, at other times, not so much. In fact, there seems to be a few undertones that comes to mind as I’m reading.

I do believe that anyone who enjoyed Buffy books and the television series, should enjoy this trilogy too. What a line-up of crazy characters.



I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This book is wickedly fun to read. Full of teenager drama, crushes and the MC’s desire to be noticed by her crush, you’re wrapped around life in school, library monitors, a sexy, demon librarian, and the fate of the entire student body and a high school musical to boot. Somewhat dark in places, demons who hate humans, and a plot to destroy and suck life-forces out of unsuspecting teens… a total fun adventure filled with elements of horror and great descriptions and laughs.

Each character is layered and flawed, developed perfectly to keep the reader intrigued by them. There’s a bit of corny humor and icky goo, down right frightening scenes (just like Buffyworld) but you’ll love how the MC, while against the clock, solves the problem at hand, helping save her best friend from the demon librarian and prevent soul sucking at its worse.

Lots of other school events and demonic interactions. Plenty of nail-biting moments and laughs to take the edge off. You may find yourself rolling your eyes at times too at the irony of situations, and boy-drama moments. Typical sixteen year-old behaviors and angst. How can you not love this book? The ending has a perfect set-up for the next in the trilogy.

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I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

So, this book continues on with the evil librarian defeated and Cyn, the MC, and Ryan, her once crush and now boyfriend head off to musical theatre camp where they hope to focus on theatre and no demons. Naturally, that isn’t to be the case. The playwright is a demonic, self-professed good demon, but a demon nonetheless.

There’s plenty of teenager angst in this book too. Lots of drama and boyfriend/girlfriend trust issues and then there’s Ryan theatre bestie that Ryan forgot to tell Cyn about. Lots of gore and grossness, but even more raging hormones and drama, drama, drama. To top it all off, that darn evil librarian is back for revenge.

Lots of she hates she moments and competition to win Ryan–ugh! Kids! Gotta love it when the evil dude arrives.

Overall, if you like YA, and you love Buffy, you’ll love this series as you delve deeper into character development and demonology.

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I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

In this book, there’s a lot going on. The second book ended with ousting the evil librarian for what the MC thought, was once and for all. But ya, so not happening. Down in demon-world , someone screws up and Ryan is cursed. In order for Cyn to lift the curse, she must enter a deep, dark and foreboding world of disgusting demons to rescue the only thing that will free Ryan of this curse. Is there a catch? Booo haha ha.

Because this is a drama, that takes place in a …err, drama setting (theater), there is another play that Cyn is involved in. There’s also a lurv triangle and a repeat performance of LB. More demon stuff and yet even more demon stuff, lots of kick-ass scenes and action galore.

There’s plenty of character growth, lots of drama, and Annie shines in this book more. Cyn is older and stronger. The fight is brought to the demons instead of waiting for them to bring the fight to Cyn. Plenty of sass, lots of sarcasm and laughs to make you smile. The story wraps up details and comes full circle. The ever present demon librarian is finally shelved… no pun… okay, maybe intended a bit.

The book ends well, but hints at an opening for more that could come… so stay… tuned.

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