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Children's LiteratureAs H. L Mencken famously put it, "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public." Certainly not R. L. Stine. The book in hand—fifth in his latest series, "Mostly Ghostly"—continues the adventures of Max Doyle, the eleven-year-old victim par excellence. Not only is Max brow-beaten by his caricatured blue-collar parents, he is also beaten by his ghastly older brother, and continually gulled by his ghost friends, Nicky and Tara. For a kid who is supposed to be the brightest in his class, Max could use a little common sense. Stine skims over Max's latest pratfalls with supreme indifference, filling the book's short pages with vague prefatory and ending threats, as well as a good piece of the next book's opening. Publishing logic must be that younger readers really do not need characterization, atmospheric description, and more than a rudimentary plot. It is a distinct, if depressing, possibility. Stine's pseudo-ghostly stories are still selling like hotcakes. 2005, Delacorte, Ages 8 to 10.