Goosebumps Wanted: The Haunted Mask

Goosebumps Wanted: The Haunted Mask

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by R. L. Stine

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For the first time ever, Goosebumps is in hard cover! Catch the series' most notorious characters--undead or alive...

For the first time ever, Goosebumps is in hard cover! Catch the series' most notorious characters--undead or alive...

From horror master R.L. Stine come two new chilling stories in one spooky standalone:

Lu-Ann Franklin usually loves

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For the first time ever, Goosebumps is in hard cover! Catch the series' most notorious characters--undead or alive...

For the first time ever, Goosebumps is in hard cover! Catch the series' most notorious characters--undead or alive...

From horror master R.L. Stine come two new chilling stories in one spooky standalone:

Lu-Ann Franklin usually loves Halloween. Not this year. Her best friend, Devin O'Bannon, is going away for the week. And she has to go to a boring party where nothing exciting could ever happen. But when Lu-Ann comes face-to-face with The Haunted Mask, major trouble lies ahead.

Devin O'Bannon didn't want to leave his best friend Lu-Ann Franklin behind on Halloween. He didn't ask to go on this trip. And that was before he heard the strange scratching on his windows and saw the shadows moving around in the fields. Something is out there and it doesn't seem to want Devin around!

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Praise for Goosebumps Wanted: The Haunted Mask:

"Pure, Goosebumps–style terror-by-formula, polished through use to such a high gloss that it slides along frictionlessly–a worthy celebration of the series' 20th anniversary." -Kirkus Reviews

"This book offers a great opportunity to rediscover what makes Stine so special: his swift characterizations, icky ideas, and prose that offers the exact right amount of cover-your-eyes detail." -Booklist

Kirkus Reviews
Making its fourth appearance and by now practically a recurring character in Stine's creep-show opus, the evil mask with a mind of its own kicks off a new Goosebumps spinoff--the first to be originally published in hardcover. Stine crafts two Halloween chillers and links them at the end. In the first, after an introductory setup set 40 years in the past, Lu-Ann wanders away from a friend's boring party and discovers a demonic green mask in an old trunk. It not only doesn't come off once she dons it (natch), but enflames her with uncontrollable and destructive anger issues. In the second, Lu-Ann's friend Devin's conviction that his holiday is going to be lame since he has to spend it helping his family sell pick-your-own pumpkins doesn't last long. The vines start moving, the pumpkins turn squishy when he touches them, and the dead begin to rise from the graveyard beneath the field. Featuring plenty of sudden screams, eerie dreams, creeping dread and spooky undead (but no actual bloodshed), the plotlines ultimately intertwine in a climax that frees both young teens from their travails and allows them (and readers) to laugh at it all the next morning. Pure, Goosebumps–style terror-by-formula, polished through use to such a high gloss that it slides along frictionlessly--a worthy celebration of the series' 20th anniversary. (reversible dust-jacket mask [not seen]) (Horror. 10-12)
Children's Literature - Heather Welsh
Everyone wishes they were someone else from time to time. William inadvertently finds a way to do this when he puts on a cursed mask. The only problem is that once the mask is on, it can't be taken off and it fills the wearer with a rage so powerful that they destroy everything and everyone in their path. The only way to get the mask off is to destroy the wearer along with it. As his dying act, William attempts to hide the mask in a place where no one will ever find it in an attempt to protect everyone in his beloved town. For many years, the mask lays undiscovered at the bottom of a locked trunk, and William's spirit wards off potential intruders. Then, in a stroke of bad luck, Lu-Ann and her friends stumble across the chest and its contents. Will the group of friends survive this night of horrors, or will they share William's fate? The short chapters and larger font will appeal to reluctant readers. There are some graphic references to blood and death that may not be appropriate for younger readers, but for older readers, this may add to the intrigue.

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Goosebumps Series
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5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

New York, New York
Date of Birth:
October 8, 1943
Place of Birth:
Columbus, Ohio
B.A., Ohio State University, 1965

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Goosebumps - Wanted Dead or Alive: The Haunted Mask 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
You know a book is good, especially a middle grade book, when you dream about it, no, when you have a nightmare about it! People weren't kidding when they say that R.L. Stine is the Stephen King for kids! The Haunted Mask is split up into three parts, which gives us three point-of-views... The story starts out with shop owner named William who enjoys creating beautiful, exotic and happy masks. He believes that his masks are to bring fun and joy to the persons wearing them. But when his estranged brother, Randolph, shows up with a proposition to go into business together, showing him a case full of the most ugly and twisted masks he has ever seen. They quarrel and things get quite intense and scary. Now 40 years later, we meet Lu-Ann and Devin and they are talking about their plans for Halloween. Lu-Ann is tired of going to her friends boring Halloween party every year and now that they are older, she is hoping to make things scary and interesting. Meanwhile, Devin and his family are going to go live on a pumpkin farm for the whole week of Halloween and won't be around to go to the party. On Halloween, Lu-Ann and her two friends, Brad and Marcus, go to Polly's boring Halloween party and weird things start happening. They run upstairs into the attic and find a chest full of masks. They decide to put on the masks to frighten the party-goers... little does Lu-Ann that her mask is "special". The story then jumps back a few days before Halloween showing us what Devin has been going through living on the pumpkin farm which has not been fun... and the most scariest things have been happening too. On Halloween everyone's story collides together to create the most suspenseful and scariest of all endings ever. R.L. Stine really does know how to deliver a good scare! I highly recommend that parents read this first before giving to any children under the age of 8. My son is 8 1/2 and I'm not sure if I want him reading it yet even though he thinks the cover is one of the coolest bookcovers he has ever seen, lol! I guess we'll be finding out this fall whether he'll still think that or not!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THE BOMB YOU HEAR ME? THE BOMB!!!!!!! BEST BOOK EVER! R.L Stine if you are reading this I want you to know I want to become a person like you! You are my FAVORITE authur! Sincerly, CLAIRE ASHLEY ESHENBAUGH
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was good but a little scary and violnet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book. I love how it suprises you in one point. Not just this book but the whole seiries. awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over my live I have read and watched alot of the Goosebumps seires. I have read some some good ones and some not so good ones. A couple I wwould like to recemond is: Revenge of the Living Du
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! It was such a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I HAVE READ THIS SOOOOOO MANY TIMES I THINK IM BECOMING PART OF THE STORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far this is one of the best goosebumps book ive ever read but when i turn the page it just goes back a few chapters its really annoying but good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've only read 36 pages into it and I love it! I normally think that the Haunted Mask is going to be like actually funny than scary, but when I read the Haunted Mask 1 in 3rd Grade, I knew i had to read all of the others in the Haunted Mask series. I'm only 36 pages into this new one and i love it already! if this was helpful to you than you're welcome and thanks for choosing a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't think of a better book in my life!
Anonymous 5 months ago
your books are should make more books if you still have imagination.
Anonymous 8 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To good to be true
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[Hey!doughnut res.1 shows you the way to pt.1,2,3,4,5,and pt.6 is on trick or trap.Enjoy>:)]"The weding is next week?!"i ask."Yes!isn't that exciting?" Mom asks."But..we haven't gone dress shopping yet!"I object."Oh,it doesn't madder!i don't want you at my wedding!"Dan says."Dan,she's my daughter,she has to be at the wedding!"Mom says."No wedding for her and thats final!"Dan snaps."B-"Mom begins to object,but Dan stares at her,and then she stares back,its like a 18 minute staring contest!"Well,if that's what Dan says,that's what'll happen!"Mom says too cheerfully."'m not going to the wedding?"i say,shocked."No wedding for you,and thats final!"Mom says."Did Dan just hypnotise her?"i whisper to myself."What was that?" Dand says,kinda mean like."I said,'Mom and Dan will have a great wedding!'" I say,and then i fake laugh."Oh,yes we will.well,Bye Gorga!"Dan says gving my mom a kiss on the cheek.i lean in amd see that he's whispering something like,"Awaken,awaken awaken!"or maybe,"Make chicken make checken make chicken!" But probobly the first one.then he leaves."She's going to the we-" Mom begins,but Dan is gone. We decide to have a specal dinner of friend chicken."Look,sweetie,i know might not like Dan,and he..might not like you..but i'm sure things will work out."Mom says.'yeah,especally scenes i know how to un-hypnotise you!' I happly think.i have a plan for Dan,and in the end,he'll be the one doing the Deadly Scream(Pt.8 will be on R.L. Stein res.1)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If that mask were real i would cry to death. I havnt read this before but his books are really good.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was creepy but a very good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved loved loved it it was awesome i really recommed it if you like a thrill !! :) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haunted Mask love killing people and you are nexr!!!!!!......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive heaed that if you want to be apart of something you have to be it I would not like to apart of this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Listen people you should not be reading Goosebumps.It will give you nightmares.If you want to write back my name is Zoe and I will check daily.Btw I would've rated it at a zero star rating but you have to rate to post