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Overview


They're baa-ack! Make way for the bestselling children's series of all time! With a fresh new look, GOOSEBUMPS is set to scare a whole new generation of kids. So reader beware--you're in for a scare!

Everyone in Goshen Falls knows about weird Vanessa. She dresses all in black. Wears black lipstick. And puts spells on people. At least, that's what they say.
Crystal and her brother, Cole, know you can't believe everything you hear. But that was before they made Vanessa mad. Before she whispered that strange warning, "Chicken chicken."
Because now something really weird has happened. Crystal's lips have turned as hard as a bird's beak. And Cole has started growing ugly white feathers all over his body. . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439891134
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Series: Goosebumps Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author


R.L. Stine's books have sold more than 300 million copies, making him one of the most popular children's authors in history. Besides Goosebumps, R.L. Stine has written series including: Fear Street, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Dangerous Girls. R.L. Stine lives in New York with his wife, Jane, and his King Charles spaniel, Minnie. www.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.

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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 February 24, 2012

    Favorite goosebumps book!

    Im a goosebumps series lover n this one was my favorite!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Highly Recommend - Grandson loved it!

    Got for grandson and he loved it. He loves Goosebumps.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book is aswome.because a lady turns into a chicken.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2007

    A great book

    This was a great book about teaching manners I definitly ecomend this book for a friend a fun filled action pack non stop goosebumps series by the way wha was the name of teh girl who did not turn into a chicken person and helpedvanessa out?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2005

    ahahaha!!!

    this book is one of my favorites as well of the goosebumps series collection, thingy. i mean, this book was really funny but at the same time, almost disturbing. vanessa turns into a chicken.. lol, but the ending wasn't that great. overall, good book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    funny and a dream of mine

    I would like this to happen to me under cetin circumstances and as different animals.in the story the brother and sister make Vennissa drops stuff she just bought as a punish ment for not saying sorry she turns them into chickens a few days later they relize it when one cant chew or talk and thinks she has crusty lip but looks in the mirror and sees a beak and trys to pull it off and cant also when her and her brother get feathers,act like chickens,eyes move to side of head and set off to pled for forgiveness Vennissa isnt home so the girl and boy go in almost completely chickens.The girl finds a spell book and cast a spell that completly turns the two of them into baby chickens.WHAT HAPPENS NEXT JUST READ for yourself

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2003

    Funny and Scary

    This book was funny cuz Vanessa turns them into a chicken and they dont realize it till a few days later when weird things start to happen.It was scary cuz just imagine if a creepy person like that did the same thing to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2000

    The best book my daughter has read

    The only regret my daughter had about this book was that she didn't want it to end. I have also read this book to children at school. They have all enjoyed it. Easy reading.

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