Night of the Werecat (R.L. Stine's Ghosts of Fear Street Series)

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Wendy loves anything cat-related. So when she spots the cat charm necklace in Mrs. Bast’s booth at a local cat show, Wendy can’t wait to add it to her collection. But Mrs. Bast refuses to sell it to her. It’s not just any charm—it’s a werecat charm. And it holds dangerous powers. Despite the warnings, Wendy buys it anyway.

And at the stroke of midnight that night, Wendy starts to change….

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Overview

Wendy loves anything cat-related. So when she spots the cat charm necklace in Mrs. Bast’s booth at a local cat show, Wendy can’t wait to add it to her collection. But Mrs. Bast refuses to sell it to her. It’s not just any charm—it’s a werecat charm. And it holds dangerous powers. Despite the warnings, Wendy buys it anyway.

And at the stroke of midnight that night, Wendy starts to change….

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Sixth grader Wendy loves cats and gymnastics. But her parents will not allow a cat and gymnastics is spoiled by bully Nancy. When Wendy and her friend Tina visit the Shadyside cat show, Wendy meets Mrs. Bast who sells cat trinkets. Wendy finds a cat charm necklace but Mrs. Bast refuses to sell it to her. When Mrs. Bast leaves the table for a moment, Wendy takes the necklace, but leaves behind five dollars in payment. Wendy did not believe what Mrs. Bast had said about werecats, but that night has a strange dream in which she roams the neighborhood and hunts mice. However, when she finds a dead mouse under her bed, she begins to suspect it was not a dream. Over the next few nights, Wendy transforms into a werecat. Although it is cool to be a cat, she also becomes frightened of other werecats and her own behavior. Desperately she tries to remove the necklace to no avail. How will she resolve her dilemma? Will she make the gymnastics team despite Nancy's interference? Fans of R. L. Stine's "Ghosts of Fear Street" will enjoy discovering the answers in this short book in the series. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442426986
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 5/24/2011
  • Series: R.L. Stine's Ghosts of Fear Street Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 438,687
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine

R.L. Stine, author of the multimillion-selling Goosebumps and Fear Street series, lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, an editor and publisher, and their dog, Minnie. Visit 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
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2004

    The Night Of The Werecat By:Tina Fredericks

    Hi my name is Tina Fredericks.I'm from Queenz. I love R.L.Stine's books. Espically this one. The night of the werecat. In this book so far, that I have read, Wendy and Tina, are best friends. When they both went to the cat show, Wendy and Tina went to this wierd place there and Wendy bought a cat charm. Mrs.Bast warned her not to buy it, and said it may cause danger, and its not a cat charm , its a werecatcharm. Wendy leaves the money on the desk and ran away with Tina.Later that night when Wendy was wearing the charm she began to change at midnight. Hair started growing on her, and wierd stuff. Wendy became a werecat. She noticed that every night. Now when she wants to take off her necklace it wont come off. Now she doesn't know what to do.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2005

    Good book!

    This is a really good book! It starts off really quick then gets really slow and then speeds up again. You'll never expect the ending to be what it is!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2005

    Great Book

    I have read this book many times ,did a book report on it and have loved it sooo very much, and I like it because I love cats .

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2002

    Here kitty...

    Ever since I found this book in my old school library, I have checked it out like 10 times. I loved this, and it's one of my favorites. =)

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    I ate a human 2 from r.l. stines

    Since the world turned into a vampire race it got very boreing and everybody was killing the other vampires with the wood sticks and i was the only one that was living on earth as a vampire. So the human race started back up agien the end but watch out for dog with a blog on disney channel but dont watch advanture time on cartoon network

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!

    I LOVED THIS BOOK WEN I WAS LITTLE COULDNT PUT IT DOWN

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    WishStar's Story Chapter 1

    Sunlight creeped through the app. Den. Wishpaw woke up, bumping her head. She was 3 moons. Leafpaw and Amberpaw were already up, their fur grooked. "All cats old enough to catch their on prey meet beneath the HighTree for a meeting!" Tornadostar hissed. Leafpaw and Amberpaw screamed and looked at Tornadostar. "Leafpaw, Amberpaw do you promise to uphold the Warrior Code with all your life?" "Yes!" They squealed. "Deadtail and Wildeyes do you think they know everything?" "Yes," " Then from this moment on, you'll be known as....... Leaffur and Amberheart. Meeting dismissed." The Clan cheered and Scarpelt took off to greet Leaffur and Amberheart, his kids. Blackfall was the deputy and he licked his daughter Snowkit on the head. The clan rejoiced by eating prey. They lift Wishpaw and her siblings out. Glacierpaw ran to the Elders Den. Mom? She thought. Tornadostar's Den! She raced to his den, her silver and white body leaping over a root. There stood the den. A bright orange paw pulled her in. She saw Tornadostar, claws on Wishwell's throat, and they were mating! She hid under a ledge, but the tom pulled her out. "I'm Flarepaw, and I am here by Tornadostar's order I must mate you!"
    <p>
    Wishwell and Glacierpaw sleepily padded to the nursery. "Sis? What's going on?" Magicpaw asked. "Can't tell or I die," she croaked in reply.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Ash-Tear

    Looks around.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2014

    It's a great book. Especially since its SO hard to find good (ap

    It's a great book. Especially since its SO hard to find good (appropriate) were cat books. Most of the ones I've seen seem to have disgusting and disturbing content in them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Tell me

    Please tellme about this story

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