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Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? (Mostly Ghostly Series)
     

Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? (Mostly Ghostly Series)

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by R. L. Stine
 

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Master horror writer and Goosebumps series author, R.L. Stine, delivers another spooky tale!

Nicky and Tara still live in Max’s bedroom, and while they’ve found some clues, they still don’t know what happened to their parents. Meanwhile, Phears is still desperate to get his hands on Nicky and Tara, and to pressure Max into turning

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Master horror writer and Goosebumps series author, R.L. Stine, delivers another spooky tale!

Nicky and Tara still live in Max’s bedroom, and while they’ve found some clues, they still don’t know what happened to their parents. Meanwhile, Phears is still desperate to get his hands on Nicky and Tara, and to pressure Max into turning them over, Phears brings a Berserker Ghoul to inhabit Max’s body—and make Max go berserk when he least expects it! But Max, Nicky, and Tara aren’t giving in to Phears. They have a few tricks up their sleeve—like one very talkative ghost cat, who’s taken residence inside the tunnel to the ghost world. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This rather inane tale launches Stine's attractively priced paper-over-board Mostly Ghostly series, starring 11-year-old Nicky and his younger sister, Tara, who, walking home one evening, realize they have no memory of where they are coming from-or of anything else. ("Why did I suddenly have a hole in my brain?" wonders Nicky.) Arriving at their house, the two discover another family is living there, including 11-year-old Max, an aspiring magician. As the story unfolds through Nicky and Max's first-person narration, the siblings realize that they are ghosts who fade in and out randomly, and enlist Max's help to discover their parents' whereabouts. Meanwhile, Phears, an ominous ghost who appears in the guise of various animals, begins haunting Max and insisting he lead him to his new ghostly pals. In a brief appearance to Nicky and Tara, their former housekeeper (now also a ghost) cryptically warns them about Phears, saying that he "knows about your mom and dad" and that he "let all the ghosts out." The fact that only Max can see and hear the ghostly youngsters creates some humorous, sitcom-esque moments, and Stine injects the occasional creepy scene that will bring on scattered goosebumps. But readers may feel cheated that the author leaves the plot dangling, "to be continued" in the series' second volume, Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?, also due this month. Ages 7-10. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Everyone thinks that Max is crazy. Max is just a typical eleven-year-old kid who happens to be friends with a couple of ghosts. No one believes Max when he tells them that the ghosts are two children who used to live in the house that Max and his family now own. The ghosts want Max to help them find their parents. A wicked ghost named Phears also wants Max's help, but Phear's reasons are evil. Like most books written by R. L. Stine, the story is intriguing and easy to read. The excitement is nonstop. Also—as is typical of most of Stine's books—there is not a satisfactory resolution of the plot. Young readers will love the graphic cover illustration and will be captivated by the catchy title; they probably will not even notice the holes in the plot. To find out how this story ends you need to read the next book in the series. One would suspect, however, that the subsequent book will also leave the reader hanging. This title is part of the "Mostly Ghostly" series. 2004, Delacorte Press/Parachute Press, Ages 8 to 10.
—Denise Daley
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Stine's newest series is sure to delight his fans. In Who Let the Ghosts Out? readers meet Nicky and Tara, who are trying to figure out why they are suddenly ghosts and what has happened to their parents. They live in the closet of a boy named Max, a would-be magician who is having parent, brother, and teacher troubles. The three team up to help one another try to solve their individual and collective problems and take on an evil spirit named Phears. In the second book, Phears returns and tries to force Max to help him capture the ghost siblings. Stine's forte has always been taking ordinary characters and placing them in weird situations, and these two stories are no exception. This time, however, there is more humor than in the author's previous books. The mood is much more lighthearted and the pacing is slower with fewer terrifying events.-Molly S. Kinney, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307530684
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
12/18/2008
Series:
Mostly Ghostly
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
475,641
Lexile:
500L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

R.L. Stine began his writing career when he was nine years old, and today he has achieved the position of the bestselling children’s author in history. In the early 1990s, Stine was catapulted to fame when he wrote the unprecedented, bestselling Goosebumps® series, which sold more than 250 million copies and became a worldwide multimedia phenomenon. His other major series, Fear Street, has over 80 million copies sold.

R.L. Stine has received numerous awards of recognition, including several Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and Disney Adventures Kids’ Choice Awards, and he has been selected by kids as one of their favorite authors in the NEA’s Read Across America program. He lives in New York, NY.


From the Hardcover edition.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
October 8, 1943
Place of Birth:
Columbus, Ohio
Education:
B.A., Ohio State University, 1965
Website:
http://www.rlstine.com

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Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!! You never know what is going to hapoen next.
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Awesome but, i didn't like at the end when it said to be continued i had to wait 4 whole secents to get the next one but other then that i loved it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was SO GOOD!!!
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Awesome!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sure,R.L. Stine is a magnificent horror author,BUT,I much prefer the Disney Channel movie of this series is better!Plus,personnaly,I find that Luke Benwald (Nicky) is very cute! :)
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I'm a 44 year old mom and just finished reading this to my 7 year old son. I even liked this book. RL Stine is my son's favorite writer of all time. The man is a master at surprise endings and his Goosebumps series aimed at the 6-9 age group are so enjoyable. As a parent, I am happy to see my son ask me to read them a Goosebumps book over turning on the TV again. He'll listen to me read (he's not at this level yet) for hours.