Dudes, the School Is Haunted! (Rotten School Series #7)

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Joe Sweety's favorite T-shirt says: EXTRA-WIDE LOAD. Joe is so big and mean, even his EARS have muscles! But big, tough Joe has one deep, dark secret. He's terrified of ghosts! Bernie Bridges now has the perfect way to pay Sweety back for bullying his friends. Bernie plans to haunt Joe and make him think a ghost is after him. Of course, things don't go as planned. And now, everyone at Rotten School is asking: "WHO is haunting WHO?!?"

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Joe Sweety's favorite T-shirt says: EXTRA-WIDE LOAD. Joe is so big and mean, even his EARS have muscles! But big, tough Joe has one deep, dark secret. He's terrified of ghosts! Bernie Bridges now has the perfect way to pay Sweety back for bullying his friends. Bernie plans to haunt Joe and make him think a ghost is after him. Of course, things don't go as planned. And now, everyone at Rotten School is asking: "WHO is haunting WHO?!?"

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Seeking vengeance for his friend, Bernie Bridges devises an elaborate scheme to scare bully Joe Sweety in this seventh book in the "Rotten School" series. Sweety torments meek classmate Chipmunk during their fourth grade field trip visiting the Lousy Town Zoo. Initially, Sweety becomes enraged when frightened Chipmunk unintentionally squirts him with the contents of a juice box. Only the presence of teacher Mrs. Heinie prevents Sweety from pummeling Chipmunk. During the ride home, Sweety renews his threats to hit Chipmunk until Mrs. Heinie intervenes. Carsick Chipmunk vomits on Sweety, and again the teacher thwarts the bully from punching Chipmunk. Arriving at the school in a thunderstorm which knocks out the electricity, Chipmunk inadvertently grabs Sweety's pants, pulling them down to reveal flowered underwear, publicly humiliating the bully. After Mrs. Heinie leaves, Sweety attacks traumatized Chipmunk. Bernie, inspired by a scary movie shown at the school, vows to stop Sweety's tyranny. Recognizing ghosts frighten Sweety, Bernie stages an elaborate haunting in Sweety's dorm, using technological gadgets and ironically setting up a twist ending. Characterizations rely on stereotypes such as Sweety being muscular and dumb and his victims being small and passive. Most readers will recognize that Bernie is also a bully. Drawings of characters are caricatures, with exaggerated body part sizes, particularly too-large heads, feet, and hands, to reinforce this book's silliness. Several illustrations are double-page spreads with type printed over them, such as opened bus doors inviting readers inside and rows of graffiti-decorated seats. This story can stimulate analysis of literary elements used to create farces and discussion of the potential consequences of provoking bullies with pranks. Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer
Children's Literature - Elaine Fultz
Fourth grader Bernie tries to save a weak student, Chipmunk, from a bully student, Big Sweety, at Rotten School, a co-ed, supposedly tough, boarding school. Bernie attempts to convince Sweety that the school is haunted once he realizes the bully's weakness is a fear of ghosts. Bernie's overconfident, obnoxious, and inane pranks against the bully lead to lessons learned, but only temporarily, of course. Gross and uber-juvenile plot and illustrations include Chipmunk accidentally vomiting all over Big Sweety on the school bus, and Chipmunk tripping and de-pantsing Sweety in front of all the students. Book #7 in the "Rotten School" series is truly rotten. The idea of the series is gross-out, MAD magazine kind of humor and puns, but the humor is not funny and the puns are horrible. The main character is not likable, mostly due to his referring to himself in the third person and his ridiculously artificial modern 'tween lingo. Students will read these appealingly packaged books anyway, but Stine is capable of much better. When "Rotten School" readers finish the series, steer them toward Louis Sachar's "Wayside" series or Daniel Pinkwater's "Fat Camp" books for similar, and superior, school stories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599618319
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Series: Rotten School Series , #7
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 814,049
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine

R.L. Stine began his writing career at the age of nine and has been at it ever since, becoming a bestselling author several times over. Among his many groundbreaking credits are Fear Street, the first young adult horror series, and Goosebumps, the bestselling series that made Stine the #1 bestselling author in America for three years in a row. He lives with his wife in New York City.

Trip Park grew up in Ithaca, New York, and went to college at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was first drawn to advertising. He then moved to Chicago, later New York, where he joined advertising agencies and worked on kids’ favorites including Cap’n Crunch, Gatorade, Kellogg’s, and Ronald McDonald. His children’s commercials have won numerous awards. But advertising also brought something equally as rewarding. There he got to work with some of his favorite illustrators. Watching these artists create their pieces inspired Trip Park to try his hand at illustrating himself.

Trip Park has illustrated a number of children's books including Gopher Up Your Sleeve, written by Tony Johnston, Trout, Trout, Trout! (A Fish Chant) and Ant, Ant, Ant! (An Insect Chant), both written by April Pulley Sayre. He has also developed characters and helped animate commercials for Nickelodeon, The California State Fair, Lego, and many others. When Rotten School came along, the opportunity to translate to the drawing board R.L. Stine’s cast of kids was a wonderful chance to combine his love for children’s illustration with this group of rotten students. His work can be seen at www.tripparkproductions.com.

Trip lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laura and four children.

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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Rotten School #7: Dudes, the School Is Haunted!


By R.L. Stine

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 R.L. Stine
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060788186

Chapter One

The Ghost Walks at Night!

Warning: If you're afraid of ghosts, you'd better stop here.

Because, dudes, Rotten School is haunted!

I should know. I'm the one who is haunting it.

You've probably heard of me. I'm Bernie Bridges, fourth-grade superstar. I don't like to brag. But how else can I describe myself?

Catch these dimples when I smile. Killer--right?

If you've heard of me, you've probably heard of Joe Sweety, too. Sweety is the biggest, meanest, fiercest, bulliest, smackdown kid at Rotten School. If he bites you, you definitely get rabies. No joke.

We call him The Big Sweety. He works out thirty hours a day. Really. Joe can bruise you with his hair!

He's huge! He even has muscles on his teeth! The fronts of his T-shirts all say EXTRA-WIDE LOAD.

Get the picture? Sweety is not a sweetie.

So, what does this have to do with the school being haunted? Who set the evil ghost loose? And why has it chosen Joe Sweety as its next victim? Well, don't get your boxers in a knot. You'll find out soon. I can't tell you everything in the first chapter--can I?

Let's start at the beginning. Our field trip to the zoo . . .

Continues...


Excerpted from Rotten School #7: Dudes, the School Is Haunted! by R.L. Stine Copyright © 2006 by R.L. Stine. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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    Posted November 1, 2013

    WELCOME TO JASPER HIGH

    Hello! Aphrodite and Zeus here. And welcome to Jasper High. I'm Aphrodite captain of the cheer squad and the dance captain as well. My brother here is Zeus, captain of the football team. The map is in the next result which will tell you where everything is. Look for the important dates result. You will have to check there for parties and tryouts. Also there is a dance tonight at 8 p.m. eastern time! So get your dates and have a great time. And Zeus is in charge of putting classes together so to let him know you have enrolled just go to Zeus res 1 and let him know you have enrolled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Bookilicous

    My fave

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Omg

    Ok i love this book i was reading it all thro the night and couldnt put it down! I recomend this book for ages 8-12. I also recomend the rest of the series! They r all very good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    My story Cool

    It pulls you in the book you never want to stop. Aspesioly for people who like scary movies and books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Okay...

    I read this a few years ago, and it was good, but too predictable. Also this is an easy read, because I read it in one or two hours. Recommended for anyone who likes an easy read, and for ages 7 to 10.

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    In am reading this one next

    Im reading thr Henei prize right now

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  • Posted March 12, 2009

    Inspires Reading in Reluctant kids

    Bought this for my 11 year old grandson who often views reading as a chore. When he received it, he promptly began reading it and was soon laughing out loud. The goofy humor is perfect for kids and helps reading become a joy. I would recommend to any kid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2007

    Awesome

    This book is the funnyest book in the world 'even tho i dont like reading'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2006

    Really Cool

    I really liked this book. Different from his other stuff, but really good and funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2006

    'Hilariously Rotten!'

    Bernie Bridges is always trying to protect the Rotten House dudes,but when Chipmunk has some pretty bad accidents with 'Big Sweety'Chipmunk is in a lot of trouble.But when Bernie finds a terrifiyng secret: BIG SWEETY IS AFRAID OF GHOSTS!Bernie thinks he can scare him,making him think that a ghost is after him,so that Sweety doesn't bully anyone anymore.Can Bernie complete this mission?

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