Scared Stiff

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Rick and Kenny's Pa was right — troubles really do happen in threes. First Pa's truck was robbed, then Pa ran off, leaving Rick, Kenny, and Ma to fend for themselves, and now Ma has disappeared, too. Rick just knows Ma would never leave them on purpose — but then, where is she? Waiting in Uncle Henry's trailer park doesn't seem like the best way to find out.
Instead, the brothers, along with their new friends, Connie and Julie, decide to search the abandoned Wonderland Amusement...

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Overview

Rick and Kenny's Pa was right — troubles really do happen in threes. First Pa's truck was robbed, then Pa ran off, leaving Rick, Kenny, and Ma to fend for themselves, and now Ma has disappeared, too. Rick just knows Ma would never leave them on purpose — but then, where is she? Waiting in Uncle Henry's trailer park doesn't seem like the best way to find out.
Instead, the brothers, along with their new friends, Connie and Julie, decide to search the abandoned Wonderland Amusement Park next door for answers. But what they find inside sends them on the most terrifying roller coaster ride of their lives — could whoever took Ma be after them, too?

When their mother disappears, two brothers go to stay with a great uncle in a mobile home park next to an abandoned amusement park and begin a search which puts them in danger.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Once again Roberts ( The Magic Book ; Nightmare ) has written an enticing, suspenseful mystery for young readers. Rick, 11, knows his mother did not abandon him and his younger brother Kenny, even if the police do not believe them. Rick had seen her talking anxiously with someone in a black car, and he is convinced this is related to Ma's disappearance. While she is missing, the boys stay with their uncle, who lives in a trailer adjacent to the deserted Wonderland Amusement Park. The brothers explore the park with adventurous Julie and Connie, who befriend them. Since the police are unwilling to investigate, Connie convinces Rick that they must track down Ma themselves. The plot's exciting climax takes place in Wonderland's slippery, winding Pirate's Cave. The clever sleuthing and intriguing setting will make readers want to ride this one to the finish. Ages 8-12. (Mar.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When their mother disappears, two brothers decide to investigate some suspicious going-on at an abandoned amusement park. PW said, "The clever sleuthing and intriguing setting will make readers want to ride this one to the finish." Ages 8-12. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- Eleven-year-old narrator Rick Van Huler learns that troubles do indeed come in threes: a load of TVs is stolen from his father's tractor-trailer rig, his father walks out after an argument with his mother, who is then kidnapped. Rick and his younger brother go to live with their great-uncle Henry in his converted school bus in an RV park across from Wonderland, a shutdown amusement park. While searching for their mother, the boys uncover a hijacking operation and an insurance scam. The theme of abandonment pervades the novel and, as a symbol of this, the amusement park provides a suspenseful, spooky backdrop. The brisk pace, fluid style, and excitement of the novel are sure to entertain readers, while the sensitive handling of such issues as separation and alcoholism, and the not-perfect ending make the book a cut above the general fare. The title and book jacket will attract readers, and they won't be disappointed in Roberts's latest offering. --Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689846892
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: First Aladdin Paperbacks
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 85,288
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Willo Davis Roberts wrote many books for adults and children during
her long and illustrious career. Three of her children's books won Edgar
Awards, while others received great reviews and other accolades. The
One Left Behind
would have been her hundredth book for children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    it is a epic page turner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    it is a epic page turner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2008

    Excellent upper middle-grade mystery

    This isn't the first book I've read by the author, but it is my favorite. It's everything a mystery should be: interesting, scary, involving. The characters and setting are different, always a plus. This is the type of mystery the buyer can feel is worth the money, the reader can enjoy, and the author can be proud to have written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2005

    Must Read!!!

    This is one of my favorite mysteries. You think one thing is going to happen but bam! somthing else does. There are so many times when I get a not in my stomach or shivers down my spine because I was sure that somthing was going to happen and the proof kept dragging on making me read more. I read this for a book report in 5th grade and I loved it. I don't think older kids couldn't read it, though, since it is a very interesting book and you could take it in a safisticated way or not so it is good for anyone. If you choose this book, enjoy!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2005

    I would definently recommend this book!

    This book keeps you on your toes until the end. It is not my favorite book by Roberts, but very good! I read half the book in one night because it was very exciting!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2002

    Sounds Like a Corny Title

    It may sound like a corny title but it isnt. I really enjoyed it because it has to do with theme parks. I realy don't like mysterys but I liked this one a lot. I had to do it for a book report in 7th grade and I still read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2001

    Are My Parents Coming Back

    This story is about a boy named Rick and his brother Kenny. Thier dad works for E&F Trucking. The day after his load and his trailer was stolen off the back of his truck, he left his house without saying anything. A couple days later their mom was kidnaped and left them parentless. So, they went to temporarily live with their uncle Henry in a bus near Wounderland Theme Park. The boys got the thrill of their lives when they found the park's master switch and helped themselves to the joy rides. They experienced some thrills at the park, but all good things come to an end. From the events that take place over a short period of time, Rick soon learns to accept this hardship and avoid being kidnapped himself. The setting helps the story by developing the mood of a carnival with a theme park and a trailer park. The theme of the story shows how even young people can be responsible and resourceful. The book is very exciting and interesting to read. However, I find it not as good as some of the books I have read. Therefore, I give it three stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2001

    don't miss this

    The book Scared Stiff is a very good book i would really recommend this book. It has a lot of climaxes!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2001

    Ammie's review

    The book scared stiffwas a good book. it kept me on the balls of my feet. I couldn't put it down. When his mom disapeared, I kept wondering how it happened, why it happened, and who the people were in the car. I wasn't sure if pa had anything to do with the hijacking either. To me, no part in the book was boring. The ending was spectacular! I didn't know what was going to happen. I recogmend you read this book. If you like adventure and a reading an exciting story it's a book for you. You see, it was about a boy that believed tragedies come in threes. His dad got his load of t.v.s hijacked, his pa walked out, and his mom is now missing. The cops won't believe him that she has been kidnapped. They think she just ran off. The boy,Rick,met a boy named connie and a girl named Julie. Rick and Connie go to investigate and find out things that scare Rick. He knows his mom is in danger and he needs to get to her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2001

    Exellent book, sucks you in but never gets you out

    This is a story that really could of happend to many people these days. I couldn't stop reading it to find out what happens next.Great fun mystery. Remember,everything bad happens in threes. Also if you recall reevers into the core of your oppents base and send carriers up the front whith mass amounts of dark templars in shuttles from the sides, you got a win underneath your belt. Don't froget to mind control!!!! Peace

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2001

    NICE suspense from head to toe!!!

    This book is a nice mystery. It gives you suspense from both beginning to end. It's first starts grabbing you in and in... then it 'catches' you!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2000

    A book that you can't put down.

    Scared Stiff is an excellent book and I recommend it to people from ages 11 to 15.I could not put this book down while I was reading it.It painted clear pictures in my mind of what was happening in the book and that made it very interesting and exciting.This book is by far the best book I have ever read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2000

    this is a good book

    this is a good book i read it in 6th grade and i am in 7th i really recommend it:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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