The Dark School (9+)

(Part one in the Crow Village series)

By Sandra J. Paul

The Dark School - Sandra J. Paul

Sandra J. Paul is a bilingual author who publishes under the names Sandra J. Paul (youth and adult psychological thrillers) and Joanne Carlton (young adult, fantasy, paranormal). She first became published in 2015 and has since then been awarded several times for her books.


She was the runner up in the first Aspe Award-thriller short story competition (2015) that earned her a publication of her short story in over 35,000 copies.

In 2018 she was chosen for the London Author Book Club Anthology with her novels Heart-Beat and Kill Me Again. She was also selected as one of the debut authors to watch for the London Book Fair 2018.

Her novel Heart-Beat was chosen as the Young Adult of the Year 2018 on the very popular online book club Thrillers and more.

Her psychological thriller Lost (Kwijt) was chosen as Thriller of the Year 2019 on Thrillers and More and was one of the fifteen books on the Hebban Thriller of the year 2019 long list (out of 390 books).

Her thriller Dust (Stof) was one of the nineteen thrillers of the year 2019 on Hebban.

She was nominated for Cultural Awards 2018 in her hometown.

Her novel Hell City reached the semi-finals of the Coverfly Short Story Screenplay Competition and reached the 55th position out of 1300 entries.

Once you’re in this school, you’ll never get out.

On the day after the Big Storm, a new building suddenly appears in the center of Crow Village.

They call it The Dark School, a boarding school for all the children that live in the village. Nobody wants to listen to twelve-year-old Quinten, who is the only one who swears that something strange is going on in Crow Village.

Even his dad and his best friends believe for a fact that Bertus and Colette Black, the school principals, mean well.

But then the kids start disappearing one by one.


The Dark School (originally De Duistere School) is a bestseller that sold over 4,000 copies in Belgium alone and has been quite popular on social media and review sites. With over 140 reviews, it scores an average of more than four stars.

The Dark School is the first of a planned series of five books. The second book in the series, The Abandoned House, is also a bestseller and has scored raving reviews.

For the fans of Goosebumps or Harry Potter and readers who love exciting thrillers for children age 9+. The book has scored with an older audience as well (Teens, Young Adults, Adults).



Additional Information:

Published 2019 (Hamley Books)

ISBN: 9789082893946 – 265 pages - Paperback

Rights: World