Curse of Camp Cold Lake (Goosebumps Series #56)

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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!

Camp is supposed to be fun, but Sarah hates Camp Cold Lake. The lake is gross and slimy. And she's having a little trouble with her bunkmates. They hate her.

So Sarah comes up with a plan. She'll pretend to drown...

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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!

Camp is supposed to be fun, but Sarah hates Camp Cold Lake. The lake is gross and slimy. And she's having a little trouble with her bunkmates. They hate her.

So Sarah comes up with a plan. She'll pretend to drown -- then everyone will feel sorry for her.

But things don't go exactly the way Sarah planned. Because down by the cold, dark lake someone is watching her. Stalking her. Someone with pale blue eyes. And a see-through body. . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439724043
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Series: Goosebumps
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 123,033
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine

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.

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 6, 2006

    This Is an A.W.E.S.O.M.E. book!!!

    This story was about a girl named Sarah..her parents ent her and her brother Aaron to this camp called 'Camp Cold Lake'. And since her bunkmates and everyone else hates her she plans to drown..and then everyone will feel sorry for her...but things dont go exactly like Sarah planned them to. Because when she realized that she was staying under the water too long she just poked her head up and realized she was lost. In a very strange cold winter place ...she finds someone siting near the lake singing the camp cold lake song..her name was Della and she was a ghost....and sice Camp Cold Lake had so many rules you always needed a buddy..but Sarah didnt have a buddy and so didnt Della asked her if she wants her to be her buddy but Sarah said 'NO!' and ran away..so the ghost kept following after her.....I'm not telling u anymore find out yourself if you read this amazing,terrifying, terrific and A.W.E.S.O.M.E. BOOK!!!..(would you like to be sent to a camp like this???)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2007

    sorry i fell out of my seat.

    this book is amazing so i would read it if i were you.Its also a very good and scary book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Mysteriously Awesome

    This book successfully made me scare to go camping and swimming (which I do like):D

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    This Book is Scary Good!

    I am a huge R.L. Stine fan, so I went right ahead and read the book. The story follows 12-year-old Sarah. She is very shy, so her parents send her to a water camp. Her roommates are not very nice to her, so she comes up with a plan so they will:she will pretend to drown. Then everyone will feel sorry for her, and be nice to her. But while she is under the water, she meets ghost girl Della. Della is very strange...
    This book was great! I finished it in about 1 hour. Beware horror fans!

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  • Posted November 19, 2009

    Shocking book

    A girl goes to Camp Cold Lake. She is scared because there is a ghost that is following her. The ghost is trying to kill her. This is a very creepy book. Fifth and Sixth graders would enjoy this book. N.D.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    LOVED IT

    It was a great book if you like GOOSEBUMPS. It didn't end how I expected. It's great for when you got a lot of time on your hands,because you can't put put it down[or I couldn't].

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  • Posted October 16, 2009

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    My review

    Well it has a great storyline if I owned it I would probably be reading it with my friend a great book for horror seeking kids and its a little odd the ghost is actually trying to save the girl since the ghost died in the camp that this book is setted in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2008

    pretty good

    this book was a good book it was kind of confusing but it was good.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2008

    good gousebumps

    this book was preety good i thougt. it was also a good lengthed book. i also thought it was good because i love goosebumps

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2007

    A reviewer

    this is one of those books you might abandon and then come back to a few weeks or months later.it has a good story base but the ending was kind of guesable.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2007

    Greatest book ever!!!!!!!!

    This book is really awsome!!! It is really scary! The end gives it a good twist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2006

    scariest and best book ever!!!

    I really liked this book because it was really scary and you don't know what will come next! The end of the book twists the whole story around....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2006

    i liked it a lot

    i really liked the book becuase im into the scary stuff! it was enjoyable and there were parts where i was afraid to look out of my bed because i was gonna see a ghost! I READ IT IN TWO HOURS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2006

    greatest books ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The curse of camp cold lake was awesome and I read it in one day! I think its a good goosebumps book! Now i'm starting to read piano lessons can be murder and go eat worms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2005

    Swim at own risk!!

    Sarah hates camp,her brother loves camp But it was sarah's first day and almost everyone hates her,even her bunkmates.But then she pretends to drown,But then a ghost named Della stalks her.I loved this book because the ending was shocking!!!WOW that was a good story Everyone should read this!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2005

    wow...

    i just read this book like 2 hours ago, and i am still a little shaken. the ending of the book is so ironic!! i didn't expect Briana to be dead! what was so scary is that throughout this whole book, Sarah is being chased by a dead girl named Della. then, it turns out she's being chased again by another dead girl! this book is really a turn pager and a bone-thriller. it will give you goosebumps!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2004

    cold lake outbreak

    a girl who dosen't want to go to camp ends up going anyway, going to camp cold lake.The camp where she almost drowned, a camp where another little girl named Della drowned, a camp that is HAUNTED. But she soon comes to relize after she almost drowned, was nearley shreaded by a motor, and bitten by a poisonous snake,that Della is a ghost, who is not only trying to haunt this innocent girl, but is trying to KILL her as well. And just when the girl just thinks she is done,her arch enemy at camp, Briana, comes to realize in the end that Della killed her, and that Briana is a dead ghost as well. I hope you buy this book and see that it is one of the greatest Goosebumps book in the entire serise ever made!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2003

    READ IT IN ONE DAY, MY SISTER THOUGHT MY EYES WOULD FALL OUT!

    Well, i think it was really the BEST Goosebump book EVER. It has a shocking ending!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2003

    MY BOOK

    The curse of camp old lake omg!!! that was a good book i love that book it made me want to turn around all the time to see if anyone was behind wow! that was scary i give it 5 STARS!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2002

    This book gives me the creepz!

    I luv thiz book it is my favorite! It's really scary. I felt really bad for Sarah just about everyone hated her. It wuz only her first day and briana and meg tortured her to death with the snake a and when they told her that some boys put a fire-cracker in the camp-fire. they said that they were going to make up and be friends and then they lied again. And also when jan lied to liz and said that sarah had tipped over the canoe when it wuz really jan and then sarah got in trouble.Jan didn't even know what brana and meg were doing to sarah. What i thought wuz scariest though wuz when sarah wuz almost dead and della wuz singing sadly.

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