Goosebumps Wanted: The Haunted Mask

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Overview


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, ...

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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545417938
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Series: Goosebumps Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 267,920
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine

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. www.RLStine.com.

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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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    You know a book is good, especially a middle grade book, when yo

    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!

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Herobrine

    I thought it was good but a little scary and violnet

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Goosebumps

    I loved it! It was such a great book!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    I've only read 36 pages into it and I love it! I normally think

    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!

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Best book ever!!!!!

    I can't think of a better book in my life!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    The book cover seems good i hope its good

    Scary

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Awsome

    Awsome book. I love how it suprises you in one point. Not just this book but the whole seiries. awsome

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Goosebumps

    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

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    To googles secret

    Ive had my account for three years so thats not true and next time actually review the book.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Best book

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Anynomous

    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

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    The guy above me is toataly wrong

    Awsome book but the guy above is wrong

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    The guy above me sucks

    I'm just saying the review above mine sucks.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    BEST BOOK EEEEEEEEVVVVVVEEEEEERRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I HAVE READ THIS SOOOOOO MANY TIMES I THINK IM BECOMING PART OF THE STORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Cool

    Cool

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Good

    I read the haunted mask and the scream of the haunted mask and those were Awesome so I know this one will be Awesome.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

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    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Best book ever

    I didint read it on the nook but itwas 1 of R.L stined best goose bumps wated book ever

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Mistake

    On ,my book it goes from page 27 to page 29 its mising information

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Sup

    Sup people sup

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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