The Betrayal (The Fear Street Saga Series #1)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671868314
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Series: Fear Street Sagas Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 357,507
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine

R.L. Stine, author of the multimillion-selling Goosebumps and Fear Street series, lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, an editor and publisher, and their dog, Minnie. Visit RLStine.com.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2007

    Awesome!!

    I loved this book! So original and old fashioned, all you R.L Stine fans out there read this...it explains alot!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2007

    great 4 and a half stars

    The story is about a mother and a 16 year old daughter being burned because they were accused of being witches so Edward Fier son of Mathew Fier would not marry her and marry a rich girl instead. The father {William Goode} was a wizard and wanted revenge on the family who burned his family. His family was innocent but he was not. The Fier family fled the village. William went on a journey to find them. 20 years later he found them and turned himself into a young boy and worked on their field. He hypnotized there daughter by love. Slowly the family suffered. William or the young boy was invited to their house. There his identity was revealed and he disappeared. All of them died except for one boy who was 6. Edward, Mary, and Erza the little boy fled the house. Edward died of exhaustion, Mary drowned herself. Only Erza was left. Everything leads to the burning of the girl and the mother and William seeking for revenge. So I chose that passage that describes him being a powerful wizard who wanted revenge. IT WAS a GREAT story

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2007

    Great Book R.l Stine

    What a great book. I really enjoyed this selection. It took me on an adventure I can't explain. Such a sad tragic tale that had a suprise spark at the ending. I truley recommend this book for all young readers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Beebie #1

    I LOVE R.L Stine series! Its so addicting and i wish there were more books about the Fier and Goode revolution. It stung me when Susannah Goode and her mother were burned. I really got excited and i wanted to read more!!!! BRING MORE FIER AND GOODE BOOKS NOW!!! ITS SO GOOD PEOPLE READ THIS BOOK!!!!
    Beebie #1 from Texas
    Lov yall

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    AMazing from what i remember

    From about 6th-8th grade I was obsessed with the Fear Street series. I remember that I was in love with this book. It was definately my favorite. It had so many twists and turns and the ending made you think 'did that really just happen'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2008

    A reviewer

    I love all of R.l Stines books, from his Goosebumps series to his Fear street ones for young adult. ALl of them great and entertaining, I love each and everyone of his books. xD Great author, and one of my favorites. ^_^.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2007

    It was not his best novel

    It was a great book and all, but it was not scary to me... i recommend it, sure but it is most definatly not my favorite R.L Stine book. Bob wrote much better novels!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2003

    The Best Book By R.L.Stine Ever

    This... Was the best book I have ever read in my life! I loved the Betrayal particullary because I love reading about witch trials and witchcraft and I live in a famous Witch State of Massachusetts where the Betrayal took place! R.L. Stine is my favorite author and I have read ninety-nine of his books. I am not going to tell what the Betrayal was about for I would spoil it. All I can say was it was terrific! Read it! You won't be sorry!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2003

    one of the best!!!

    this book is one of my fave R.L. Stine books. this book tells readers how the fear family became cursed because of they feud with the goode family. this book begins when william goode's wife and daughter are accused of witchcraft by the fear family. don't forget this book happens to come around the salem witch trials around 1692 so this is where the fear curse began. after the trial, william becomes outraged at the fears for the deaths of his family and so summons up dark magic to curse the fear family forever. if they become close to fire, they will die. this was a really good book and very informative about how the fear cursed began. i recommend it!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Go

    YOU.MUST.BUY.THIS. NNNNNNOOOOOWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!! Like seriously. If yo won buy this, hit yourself, an' i ain't joking. It is a PERFECT story by R.L Stine. OKAY a little romance parts but the auther ment this to be for teens. IF YO LOV SCARY BOOKS, READ NO MORE REVIEWS! BUY THE THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    R.L Stine

    LOVE IT! Sooooo great read it omg so crazy and sad I read the other book of it too I'm still trying to read it im not even done with the second book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Awesome

    This book was absolutely outstanding. I did a book report on it and it was all great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    The face

    Auesome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    Read them all in high school

    Loved the whole series, every book was a page turner for me and I can still remember the stories even now. Would recommend them to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Fear

    Hell

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Amazingly Horrifying!

    I am obsessed with horror movies and books! This book was probably the best horror novel i have ever read! I got it from the library, I couldnt put it down not even for a minute! LOVED IT!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    IMPORTANT

    Does anyone want to roleplay with me...i dont care who or about what...if you do the just tell me through a review with the headline I WILL ROLEPLAY VIVIAN.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    A smart person would make this series into a movie

    I loved this book and series it helped me to become an avid reader. I choose to get this one on the Nook for my daughter I just wish more of his earlier works were available for the Nook. If your child likes horror and mystery you can't get any better than Fear Street.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Amazing

    Love thisbook!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Amazing!

    Couldn't put my nook down. So captivating.

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