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Lauren and Crystal think Scott has it all. He's the new star of Shadyside High's football team. And he's moved in right next door! Both girls will do anything. Say anything. Try anything to get the chance to go out with him. That's all either of them want. But that's all Scott's last girlfriend wanted, too--and now she's dead.
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Overview

Lauren and Crystal think Scott has it all. He's the new star of Shadyside High's football team. And he's moved in right next door! Both girls will do anything. Say anything. Try anything to get the chance to go out with him. That's all either of them want. But that's all Scott's last girlfriend wanted, too--and now she's dead.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606090988
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 6/1/1996
  • Series: Fear Street Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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 December 27, 2008

    It was pretty good....and scary!

    This book was thrilling. The ending was predictable. The way the writer wrote it was neat from 2 narrators. It really grabbed my attention. It wasn't bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2006

    Highly Recommended

    I have never read a book like this before, so I thought that it was very interesting. I liked the characters, but I felt sorry for them. Not because of the bad things happen to them, but the fact that they were so desperate to get a guy's attention. And that started the whole mess that they found themselves in. This is a very good story. I recommend it to anyone who likes these books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2005

    The Best Book

    I have read a lot of books in my years, and I have never read one like this. The author is very good at writing. It knows how to tell all the gory details. He knows how to make a person get into the story, and want to read more. I don't think I will ever read a book better than this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2004

    Scary

    This book was a really great book. A lot of people may not like it like as you can see here. But the truth is , if you like horror, you would really like this book. If your into those fairy tales, don't even bother reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2002

    So Fake

    My god how can anybody think that this book was good? I mean get real. NOthing like that ever happens. If your gonna write books that people are gonna enjoy at least make them so that some people can relate to it! DUH!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2002

    ONE OF MY FAVORITES

    I hate reading! I never liked it until I started to read this book for a school assignment and i couldnt put it down! I think it was the beginning that got be reading more and more. I only have read certain books from cover to cover and this is one of them. I finished the book in 2 days, I have never done that before!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2000

    a reviewer

    I liked this book. I don't really read R. L. Stine books cuz I can't really get into them but this one I got into and I liked it. I think the prologue got me mostly into it. He killed his Girlfriend by taking her swimming in an empty pool that HE knew was empty but she dove in not knowing it was empty and hit the concrete head first... I think this book is interesting and it has some freaky turns in it. And I loved the ending. I wasn't expecting that to happen but I will not give it away but expect the un expected....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2000

    Freaky

    This book was not quite as good as most others written by this author. I admit, it was a bit freaky, but you pretty much know what is going to happen when you start reading. But, you can read it and decide for yourself, if you wish. But if you are looking for a good scare, this won't give it to you.

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