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How to Win the Gruesome Games

Book #3 of Villains Academy
Illustrated by Ryan Hammond
LIST PRICE $7.99

About The Book

In the third book of this illustrated middle grade series that’s The Bad Guys meets Amelia Fang, Bram and his merry gang of almost-villains participate in a school-wide sports tournament, the Gruesome Games.

Once a year, the five original founders of Villains Academy rise from their graves in honor of the Gruesome Games—a school field day unlike any other, where the aim is to prank and cheat your way to the finish line.

Werewolf Bram and his friends the Weirdoughs are determined to win so their names can be written in the Book of Bad, a record of the most wicked villains to grace the school. But when the pranks start getting out of hand and the Book of Bad is stolen, it’s up to Bram and the gang to get to the bottom of the mystery.

About The Author

Ryan Hammond is an author, illustrator, and designer. He likes cute animals, quirky characters, and villainous traits. He currently lives in an unknown location in an extremely haunted house, surrounded by lots and lots of books. He’s the author and illustrator of the Villains Academy middle grade series. 

About The Illustrator

Ryan Hammond is an author, illustrator, and designer. He likes cute animals, quirky characters, and villainous traits. He currently lives in an unknown location in an extremely haunted house, surrounded by lots and lots of books. He’s the author and illustrator of the Villains Academy middle grade series. 

Why We Love It

“The world of Villains Academy is just SO FUN! Ryan Hammond fills this series with so much kid-humor and kid-heart.”

—Celia L. Executive Editor, on How to Win the Gruesome Games

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 18, 2025)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665950091
  • Grades: 2 - 7
  • Ages: 7 - 12

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