Fear Games (Nightmare Room Thrillogy #1) [NOOK Book]

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Twelve ultra-smart kids have been selected to take part in a survival competition called Life Games, which is being held on a tropical island. But who, or what, is the enemy? A 3-part series within The Nightmare Room, the Thrillogy will reveal all...April can't wait to go the Life Games competition. Only eleven other kids were chosen to take part in the tough physical challenges, and April knows she will survive and win the $100,000 prize. What poor April doesn't know is that an ancient evil will be playing in ...

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Overview

Twelve ultra-smart kids have been selected to take part in a survival competition called Life Games, which is being held on a tropical island. But who, or what, is the enemy? A 3-part series within The Nightmare Room, the Thrillogy will reveal all...April can't wait to go the Life Games competition. Only eleven other kids were chosen to take part in the tough physical challenges, and April knows she will survive and win the $100,000 prize. What poor April doesn't know is that an ancient evil will be playing in the games as well. And what April will really be competing for...is her life! Who Will Survive? Read all three books in The Nightmare Room Thrillogy to find out!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This is the first in a new R. L. Stine trilogy and it is a scary thriller that will have Stine fans reaching for the other books in the series. April's ordinary life is transformed as she is chosen along with eleven other kids to participate in a mysterious Life Games competition on an uninhabited tropical island. From day one things do not go as planned for April and she becomes the victim of accusations for all the bizarre incidents that occur on the island. Her previously used joke¾having her friend spin around uncontrollably while pretending to be under April's command¾goes terribly wrong when her friend actually does go spinning out of control. The reader is let in on the secrets of the island when the author explains how a 17th century English girl accused of witchcraft was banned to live alone on an island far away. April encounters a form of her ghost;and the ghost doesn't like April or any of the other intruders. Several people mysteriously disappear and April becomes suspicious of who is actually organizing the competition. She is able to save her friend from death at the ghost's hand, but afterwards, neither can remember exactly what happened. Stine leaves his readers hanging as the closing scene describes the organizers of the games speeding away from the island, abandoning the kids to fight for their lives. Part of "The Nightmare Room Thrillogy" series. 2001, Avon Books/HarperCollins, $3.99. Ages 8 to 13. Reviewer:Melissa A. Caudill
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061904752
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/18/2009
  • Series: Nightmare Room Series , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 359,913
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • File size: 436 KB

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.

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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Chapter One

"I can do magic," April Powers said. "Evil magic." Her friend Andy Butler snickered. "Cool," he said. "Make me disappear. I don't want to take the algebra test this afternoon."

April didn't smile. "I'm not wasting my magical powers on you. I'm saving them. For Pam."

Andy swept a hand over his short, dark hair. "Pam? What did Pam do this time?"

"What didn't she do," April muttered. "She's always on my case. She thinks she's Miss Perfect."

"Pam is perfect!" Andy teased.

"She's a perfect idiot," April said, scowling.

They were standing outside the door to the lunchroom. Down the hall, two teachers perched on ladders. They were struggling to hang a purple and gold banner across the hall: GO, APPLEGATE RED DEER!

In the crowded lunchroom, trays clattered, chairs scraped, voices rang off the yellow tile walls. And the slightly sour aroma of fish sticks and macaroni and cheese floated into the hall.

April tugged at the long red-plastic earring that always dangled from her left ear. Then she shook her head to straighten her dark bangs. She kept her eyes on the stairs, searching for Pam Largent.

"Do you believe it?" she asked Andy. "Pam told Ricky Jason that I like him and want to go to the valentine's dance with him. Isn't that gross?"

"But you do like Ricky," Andy insisted.

April rolled her brown eyes. "You don't get it. It was just her way of making me look like a jerk. Everyone knows that Ricky likes Pam. Pam said it only to make Ricky laugh."

"You're right. I don't get it," Andy said. He flashed a thumbs-up to two guys who pushed past them into the lunchroom. "Hey-save me aseat!"

"Pam loves to make me look bad," April continued, watching the stairs. "She has to compete in everything. And she always has to win. When I decided to do my term paper on magic spells through history, guess what topic Pam picked?"

"I give up," Andy said.

April groaned. "Magic spells through history," she said. "Just so she can do it better than me."

She tugged at her earring. She always did it when she was tense or angry. "I'm not a violent person. You know that. Actually, I hate violence. But Id like to rip Pam's face off and hang it from that banner up there!"

Andy laughed. "You're sick."

"I don't think that's sick," April said. I think it's only fair. But don't worry. I'm not going to get violent. I'm going to use magic instead."

"If you can't stand her, why do you spend so much time with Pam?" Andy asked.

"You know. Because our parents are all such good friends. I don't have a choice. Every time I turn around -- HEY!" She saw the blond ponytail bouncing behind Pam's head as Pam appeared on the stairs.

April gave Andy a shove. "Beat it, okay? Get lost. Time for me to do my nasty little spell."

"Can't I watch?" Andy asked.

April didn't answer. She hurried down the hall to meet Pam.

Pam was the tallest girl at Applegate Middle School. She complained about it: "I'm a freak! The boys are all scared of me!"

But April knew that Pam liked being the tallest, the prettiest, the blondest, the smartest, the funniest ... and on and on.

"Were you waiting for me?" Pam asked. Her normally creamy white cheeks were pink. Beads of sweat glistened on her forehead.

She had gym just before lunch on Mondays.

April couldn't keep a grin from spreading across her face. I want to show you something."

"I'm starving!" Pam declared, striding past April to the lunchroom door. "What kind of salad do they have today?"

"No, wait." April hurried to block her path. "It won't take long. I -- I learned some magic."

Pam stopped. Her blue eyes studied April. She laughed. "You want to show me card tricks now? Isn't that a little babyish?"

"I learned some spells," April said. I was doing research for my term paper. I found a dusty old book in the stacks at the library. I learned how to do some totally amazing things. I -- I have powers, Pam. I'm not kidding."

Pam pressed her hand against April's forehead. "You're running a temperature, right? Should I take you to the nurse?"

She hates this, April thought. She hates the idea that I can do something she can't. This is perfect!

April dragged Pam into the lunchroom. She could see Andy watching from a table against the wall.

"Do you pull a bunny from a hat, or what?" Pam asked impatiently. I am so not into magic tricks."

"It's not tricks," April replied. I told you, I learned spells. And these spells are going to get me an A on my term paper."

"Why are you so hung up about grades?" Pam asked.

"Just watch." April tugged Pam closer to the lunch line. "Let's pick someone, okay? Someone I can cast a spell on."

Both girls gazed around the crowded room.

"How about Merrilee Crane over there?" April said. She pointed to the short, chubby girl with curly red hair who had just carried her lunch tray to the woman at the cash register.

Pam sighed and rolled her eyes. "Okay, fine. Merrilee. just do it fast, okay?"

Merrilee paid for her lunch, then started across the room with her tray.

"Keep your eye on her," April said in a whisper. She began to mutter strange words to herself. "Amanoo ... keela . . . "



The Nightmare Room Thrillogy #1: Fear Games. Copyright © by R.L. Stine. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    I LOVE R.L. STINE!!!!!(not litrly cuz thats just gross)

    I loooovveee is booookkksss!! Espesily the goosebumps series. :')

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    Posted November 7, 2011

    Loved it!

    I only read the first one but i know the next two will be great.

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    This book is flopety flope

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    Very nteresting

    If you like magic and mister this book is for you.

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    highly recommended

    great book

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    Posted February 28, 2003

    R.L. Stine out did it with this Book!

    I really loved reading this book and the other two after it. If u want a real scare u gotta get this book.

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