Who Let the Ghosts Out? [NOOK Book]

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Max’s life wasn’t going so well even before two ghosts moved into his closet. But when Nicky and Tara show up, claiming that they used to live in his room, everything changes for Max! Soon they’re following him to school, using their invisibility to embarrass him in front of the girl of his dreams. And to make matters worse, there’s some other totally evil spirit named Phears following him around turning animals inside out!

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Overview

Max’s life wasn’t going so well even before two ghosts moved into his closet. But when Nicky and Tara show up, claiming that they used to live in his room, everything changes for Max! Soon they’re following him to school, using their invisibility to embarrass him in front of the girl of his dreams. And to make matters worse, there’s some other totally evil spirit named Phears following him around turning animals inside out!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307549266
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/18/2008
  • Series: Mostly Ghostly
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 889,179
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine
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.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Mostly Ghostly: Who Let The Ghosts Out?

    Amazing book I totally recommend to all ages

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Skarry but awesome!!!!!!!

    I didn't ger to read it on the nook and i read it when i forgot my other book but i realy liked it so i told my dad to get the moastly ghoastly two and now i am on three they all have been awesome one of the best books i ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2011

    SO GOOD!

    The book is awesome but you have to read all of the books to under stand it!

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  • Posted April 10, 2009

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    The mostly ghostly series is a very good series. I have read the 1st and 2nd book. The 1st book is called who let the ghost out! It is about a boy named max and he has 2 ghosts living in his bedroom .max is about 9 or 10 years old. There is an evil

    The mostly ghostly series is a very good series. I have read the 1st and 2nd book. The 1st book is called who let the ghost out! It is about a boy named max and he has 2 ghosts living in his bedroom .max is about 9 or 10 years old. There is an evil spirit named phears he is the king of the spirit world. At the end of this book max finds out there is a ghoul friend for one of the ghost. But max hasn't met here yet. I conceder this book because it is for people how like mysterious books. When you get done reading mostly ghostly books you can read Goosebumps it is another mysterious series. Both series are written by R.L.Stine. reviewed
    By: Kayla Martin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2007

    mostly ghostly

    Tiffany Hostos 601 6/6/07 Book Group Review Do you like ghosts? Mostly Ghostly by R.L. Stine is about a boy named Max who always sees ghosts in his room. The ghost name is Phears. The ghost came to look for Nicky and Tara and max won¿t tell him where they are. Phears said that if max doesn¿t tell him where they are that he will kill them when he find them and that he will kill them too. I think this book is good and bad¿ I think it¿s good because it¿s scary and weird. For example, when phears was going to peel max like an orange. I think this book is bad because it was long and it had hard words and sometimes I don¿t understand hard words. I will recommend this book to my brother because he likes mysteries and because he¿s big enough to read scary books like this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2005

    A must read for RL Stein fans

    Elementary school librarian here. Nice short chapters that make you want to start the next one. Also, dark and humorous. I just finished number 3 in series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2004

    Mostly Ghostly

    WHO LET THE GHOSTS OUT? seems that Phears knows all about the kids like the back of his hand. But I picked it up since I'm a fan of R.L. Stine. As I started reading, I excepted everything to be all silly and childish. Boy, was I wrong. This novel is fantastic! It has horror, humor, and even a little romance. I will be looking forward to reading more books in the Mostly Ghostly series, and I recommend that fans of dark comedies do so, too. Was this review helpful to you? 

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