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Overview

An innocent baby-sitting job turns into a nightmare when Jenny discovers she's the next victim of a crazed attacker.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Readers may find themselves eagerly turning pages to determine the culprit who threatens the life of sophomore Jenny Jeffers. After she starts a new babysitting job, Jenny receives a series of nightmarish calls. At first it appears that six-year-old Donny is playing pranks with the phone, but tension mounts when Jenny hears strange noises in the yard, then discovers a menacing note. Newspaper reports of recent attacks magnify her fears. Jenny becomes suspicious of Willers, a prowling neighbor and Chuck, the reputed class clown. Discriminating mystery fans will find the horror elements of this novel old hat and may be disappointed by the contrived outcome. Nonetheless, Stine effectively builds suspense and creates an intriguing cast of characters. The secret of the book's appeal may be in readers' willingness to accept the improbable. Ages 12-up. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590442367
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/1989
  • Series: Point Series, #0
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine
R. L. Stine
Robert Lawrence Stine began career as an author writing short stories and joke books -- but in the early 1990's, he introduced the wildly popular Goosebumps series. The books sold millions of copies, and made reading frighteningly fun again for kids.

Biography

Goosebumps cast a spell upon children by transforming even the most reluctant students into avid readers. Despite the fact that almost every book has a different collection of characters, the series has one common element that kids can't get enough of: the author!

However believable his plots seem to his readers, Stine insists he has never lived one of his stories. "I've never turned into a bee -- I've never been chased by a mummy or met a ghost. But many of the ideas in my books are suggested by real life. For example, one Halloween my son, Matt, put a mask on and then had trouble pulling it off. That gave me the idea for The Haunted Mask."

Although he never experienced terror first hand, he did enjoy reading about it. "When I was a kid, there were these great comic books called Tales From The Crypt and The Vault of Horror. They were gruesome. I discovered them in the barbershop and thought they were fabulous. I used to get a haircut every Saturday so I wouldn't miss any of these comic books. I had no hair at all when I was a kid!"

His ideas came from two sources: his memory and his imagination. "When I write, I try to think back to what I was afraid of or what was scary to me, and try to put those feelings into books." He also keeps a tribal mask and a skeleton hanging in his writing studio to provide eerie surroundings. Although he handles the writing by himself, Stine says he gets "lots of help from my editors, my readers, and my friends."

Kids reading Goosebumps may be looking for a scare, but the laughs they get are no accident. Before he was R. L., he was Jovial Bob, author of such works as 101 Silly Monster Jokes, and Bozos on Patrol and editor of Bananas magazine. His ability to know what kids will laugh at , as well as what will frighten them, makes the Goosebumps series all the more enjoyable for his readers.

Stine started writing when he was 9 years old! He would write stories and jokes on an old typewriter and hand them out at school. "The teacher would grab them and take them away," Stine says, "but I kept doing it." He wrote for his high school newspaper in Columbus Ohio. After graduating from Ohio State University, he moved to New York City, where he worked on a variety of writing jobs.

Although his books are fun and exciting, writing them is serious stuff. He treats writing "...like a job." To unwind after work he enjoys playing the pinball machine conveniently located in his own apartment.

For aspiring authors, Stine feels reading is as important as writing. He offers this advice: "If you want to be a writer, don't worry so much about writing. Read as much as you can. Read as many different writers as you can. Soak up the styles. You can learn all kinds of ways to say things." As a boy he read Norse legends, Greek myths, Edgar Allan Poe and baseball stories. "And Mad Magazine changed my life." Author biography courtesy of Scholastic, Inc.

Good To Know

In our interview with Stine, he shared some fun and fascinating facts with us:

"My first job in New York was making up fake interviews with movie and TV stars for a group of six movie magazines. I never spoke to the stars I wrote about. I wrote three-to-four "interviews" a day, all out of my imagination."

"'I've written over 300 books but I never learned to type. I use only one finger, the pointer on my left hand -- that's all. Three hundred books on one finger! The finger is very ugly now -- completely bent and curled and callused. When I show it to audiences, they can't believe it! This is my sacrifice for my art!"

"Sometimes kids show up at my country house and ask if my son Matt can come out and play. That's because they saw him mentioned in the back of my books. But they're very disappointed when he comes to the door -- because Matt is in his mid-twenties now! They were reading very old books! Matt is a musician, composer, and sound designer. You can hear his music at my web site, www.rlstine.com."

"I hope my readers get a chance to see my 4-D movie, R. L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse. The movie stars Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Lea Thompson, Weird Al, and others. You can find it playing at four parks: SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Virginia. Watch out -- you might get very wet!"

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robert Lawrence Stine; Jovial Bob Stine
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 8, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      Columbus, Ohio
    1. Education:
      B.A., Ohio State University, 1965
    2. Website:

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Scary and suspenseful.

    After what Jenny went through, it seems that she may not want to babysit for a while. Jenny gets a babysitting job but starts getting weird phone calls. This makes her obviously uncomfortable and a little scared. Makes it worse that there's been reports of baby sitters attacks. Could the phone calls she's been getting are from the person responsible for the attacks? A babysitter getting weird calls, now why does that sound familiar? Really liked this book, though it got a little sad near the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

    Suspense All the Way!

    I read this book a very long time ago but I can still recall almost shaking when reading this booky. I give it a thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2010

    An amazingly thrilling book!

    I really love this book! This was the first R.L. Stine series I'd read, therefore, I couldn't stop reading his Fear Street line. I was not able to put it down for a second! I really REALLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thrill!

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  • Posted November 6, 2008

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    Awesome

    This book was really cool. I loved the part what . . . never mind. Can't spoil the end. I give this book an A+!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2008

    COMPANYS COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The best book by r.l. stine.I loved it.The end was great.Can not wait to read the next one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2008

    hc

    this is the best book ever i could read it over and over again it is so suspense full its awsome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2008

    OMG

    This book is awesome! It had me on the edge of my seat the whole time! It is so suppense! It alos has a not expected ending!!!! It is so good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2008

    Outstanding

    R.L Stine has written, yet again, another outstanding novel. It grabs your attention and keeps you focused. One of the best horror/thrillers I have read in a long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2008

    Outstanding

    This book is the best R.L. Stine Book I've ever read. It is awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2007

    A reviewer

    Two words-Absolutetly, thrilling!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2007

    A reviewer

    in the first of the babysitter series we find a babysitter being stalked by an unknown figure from creepy noises to phone calls (reminded me of when a stranger calls) all the while babysitting one night while remembering her sanity and not thinking she's crazy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2007

    I loved this book

    It had me on the edge of me sit the entire time i was reading it and so did the other 2 books i just fell in love with them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2007

    'Hi, babes. Are you all alone? Don't worry, Company's coming.'

    This book is the bestest book i have ever read. I never liked reading until i read this book. i totally recommend this book. If u like mystery books with suspence thenyou'll love it. You'll NEVER guess who it was all along. Trust me you will NOT want to put this book down b/c every chapter leaves u hanging were U HAVE to find out what happens next. R.L. Stine has done it again!!!=]]]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    Fabulous.. Well I'd say anyway

    This book is fabulous to the max!!!! R.L. Stine really keeps you hooked with her words and her undiscribably good plot. I finished the book in one day I started it yesterday and finished it yesterday!!! But an avergae reader could probably finish it in 1-2 weeks. R.L. Stine you are amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    THE BABYSITTER

    This book is a great book for a oral book report because there is so much to talk about. It is a hardhitting novel almost anyone can enjoy. Take your time and enjoy. You can guess who is the mysterious caller. Put yourself in her place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2006

    'hey babe.... company's coming'

    The BABY-SITTER 1by R.L. STINE is a book I would recommend. This book puts you on your feet through out the whole book. The ending is the best and it shows how not to trust strangers. It is about a girl named Jenny Jeffers and her friend named Laura who loves to be with Jenny. until Jenny gets a baby sitting job to babt sit a daring boy. she knows she's not supposed to have company over but when she gets caught the boys father goes crazy! what will happen next? find the baby sitter to find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2006

    SUPER GOOD BOOK HERE!

    I LOVED THIS BOOK! i read it in forth grade. it was my start of my r.l. stine obsession. it was really good. probably the best book i have ever read! if you like thrillers or need something to get away from those boring realistic fiction books READ THIS BOOK! it is awesome! i this book has a great ending! and middle, and begining! ha! i love this book! READ IT!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2006

    The best book ever

    This book was the greatest book ever... I loved it... Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down... I was finished with the book in like 2-3 weeks.I am going to get the 3 and 4 book. It scared me a little bit in the begining of the book... when she first got the job... it was scary.. but thats what made it so good.!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2006

    Bad!

    this is truly one of the worst book i have ever had the disgrace to set my eyes upon.Poorly written there is no point in the story and i s a low readers choice. it should not have been edited ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2005

    Awesome

    I thought this, and the rest of the Babysitter series was really great. It was scary at times and I always wanted to keep reading. I thought it was very mysterious and bone chilling. Personally, 'The Babysitter' series was one of R.L. Stine's best.

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