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Villains Academy

Book #1 of Villains Academy
Illustrated by Ryan Hammond
LIST PRICE $7.99

About The Book

In the spirit of The Bad Guys and Amelia Fang, this first adventurous romp in the illustrated middle grade Villains Academy series follows a young werewolf who realizes he’s a nice guy at heart while attending a villainous school for monsters.

Villains Academy is the most prestigious of villain schools where being bad feels so good and the classes are guaranteed to make students leave as fully formed villains…or in pieces! On werewolf Bram’s first day at Villains Academy, he doesn’t feel like a villain at all. The other monsters seem way scarier and more diabolical than he could ever be.

When it’s announced the coveted Villain of the Week trophy is up for grabs, Bram decides to prove himself by claiming the prize—but he’ll have to dig deep to connect with his inner villain. With the help of new friends Mona the elf-witch, Bryan the lion, Shelia the ghost, and Tony the skeleton, can Bram become the big bad he’s always dreamed of being?

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

“Scaredy-werewolf Bram pretty much captured my heart immediately with his sweetness and humor. Ryan deftly balances emotionally grounded themes, like peer pressure and feeling like you need to hide your authentic self, with silliness and absurdity, making readers laugh out loud and pulling at their heartstrings all at once.”

—Celia L., Executive Editor, on Villains Academy

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 25, 2024)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665950039
  • Grades: 2 - 7
  • Ages: 7 - 12

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"The quick pace, occasional speech bubbles, creative use of varied fonts, and light mystery element will keep readers turning the pages . . . A goofy, humorous fantasy for those seeking gentle frights."

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