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Jamie and Tom have been going out since junior high. They are planning to graduate from high school and attend college together. Everything's perfect until Tom breaks a date--and all the horror begins. What has happened to Tom? To Jamie's horror, the boy she loves is stalking her and making threats. Now, there's nowhere Jamie can hide.
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Overview

Jamie and Tom have been going out since junior high. They are planning to graduate from high school and attend college together. Everything's perfect until Tom breaks a date--and all the horror begins. What has happened to Tom? To Jamie's horror, the boy she loves is stalking her and making threats. Now, there's nowhere Jamie can hide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671693220
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 10/1/1991
  • Series: Fear Street Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.92 (h) x 0.43 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2008

    I would really recommend this book to the rest of the people because i think that this could actually happen to a person without even noticing.

    When i started to read this book at the begining i taught that it was going to be boring but i actually found it to be quiet interesting. I never taught that a boyfreind was capable of letting his girlfriend wait were they were suppose to meet without even calling or atleast leaving a message i would have been terrified because i didn't know where he was. Also that at this was a romance novel and also a triller. The authors purpose was to ensure that we know what some of the consequenses are and that if we are to see a crime take place that we should tell someone else or go to the cops. This story takes palce in the mall at the begining and then in her house and around her boyfriends neighborhood. The main characters was the girlfriend and the boyfriend. This book is intended to more younger adults around 13 to 20 years old. This story had lots of things that was going on at the same time like how she couldn't find out were her real boyfriend was and what he was up to. I personally liked this book because it was a girl that was going trought lots of difficult things. The author did a really good job on letting us know what he was intended in letting us know. It could be more longer and maybe have more suspense in it.The thing taht I still didn't get that good was that how the one other guy that really robbed the jewelry store was following her and maybe he was the one that was in the prom taht night and not her boyfriend since it really looks like him. I also had a question on where her parents were all this time that she had all of this problems i guess that she was in it by herself. I also think that its the right thing if you are a witness to a crime that you should tell the cops right away or you are considered a suspect especially if there is a dead person involved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2006

    Outstanding!

    This book was really a great book, I really enjoy scary love books like this it gets me all excited. Another reason I love this book is because I love reading about things that have to do with me. Meaning that me being in high school I kinda like reading other stories about high schools. But overall I really enjoyed the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2004

    awesome

    this was an awesome book . Let me clue u in. Tom didnt do it. read it to find wht he didnt do. this was a GREAT book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2004

    Broken Date

    This book by R.L. Stine is extremely good and the way Tom saved Jamie was incredible however when I read College Weekend I thought that this one would be bad but R.L. Stine has really improved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2003

    'this book is almost sounds real'

    show this book who has also broken a date

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2002

    Great book!!

    I really liked this book and i recomended to everyone.I coulnt belive all the surprises that came with this book.

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