Don't Close Your Eyes! (Mostly Ghostly Series)

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In a terrifying episode, Inkweed, the evil “Ghost of the Black Sleep,” has inhabited Max. The ghost has come to put Nicky and Tara to sleep forever!
Inkweed is waiting, hoping for the moment when Max falls asleep— that’s when he can bring his crushing, evil powers to life.
Nicky and Tara work frantically to keep Max awake. But they’re running out of ideas and after a few days of no sleep, Max is desperate. ...

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Overview

In a terrifying episode, Inkweed, the evil “Ghost of the Black Sleep,” has inhabited Max. The ghost has come to put Nicky and Tara to sleep forever!
Inkweed is waiting, hoping for the moment when Max falls asleep— that’s when he can bring his crushing, evil powers to life.
Nicky and Tara work frantically to keep Max awake. But they’re running out of ideas and after a few days of no sleep, Max is desperate. He’s going crazy! But if he closes his eyes, it will mean the end of them all!
Can Nicky and Tara keep Max awake long enough to banish Inkweed?
Don’t close your eyes, Max!

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Editorial Reviews

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In the eighth book in R.L. Stein's "Mostly Ghostly" series, Max and his ghost friends, Nicky and Tara, battle the evil Inkweed. Through a simple accident, Inkweed, the Ghost of Black Sleep, has taken over Max's body. The likeable narrator is forced to stay awake for several days, or Inkweed will put him to sleep forever. The trio meticulously researches how to put Inkweed to rest while Max battles coughing spells of inky congestion and ink leaks from his body. Nicky and Tara keep Max from closing his eyes through a boring assembly and they help him survive swim tryouts while they all try various methods to shoo the ghost away. The town's ghost expert advises Max to visit "the darkest place on the darkest night," so they head to a cavern on a moonless night. In the end, it is a simple home remedy that cures Max and lets him get some shuteye. The short chapters and fast-paced plot keep the pages turning and will keep the eyes of young readers open, but kids will be happy to get a good night's rest after reading Max's tale. 2006, Delacorte Press/Bantam Doubleday Dell, Ages 9 to 12.
—Elizabeth Sulock
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385746953
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Mostly Ghostly Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 629,232
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.56 (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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    I love this book

    I read almost all of R.l. Stine books

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    Posted May 11, 2013

    Ahhhhhhhh!!!

    THERE IS A MOVIE TO IT AND I JUST GOT IT IT IS AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted January 30, 2012

    Awesome awesome awesome.

    You have to read this book even if you difn't like any of the other books. Toilet paper killing a ghoast. It was awesome!!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted January 29, 2012

    Love it

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