The Secret [NOOK Book]

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442407411
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Series: Fear Street Sagas Series , #2
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 168,037
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

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 April 27, 2012

    Really!

    They should make MOVIES on fear street bc they're so long not episodes, movies, but the books will still be way better! How do you get all thise great ideas R.L stine?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Woq

    I havent read this book but i just finished reading the first one and that one was awesome so i
    My thoughts are lingering waiting to see what happens next

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Okay

    It was horrible,!

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    ciol

    its awsome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2005

    This book is so great to read!!!!!

    It's very great to read from part one the betrayal the secert it keeps on with the two families.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    Thrilling!

    I'm not going to give away the entire story plot, but I will tell you this: It's a GREAT book about the Fier/Goode family curse, and all the blood and death that it brings about. It is best to read 'The Betrayal' before beginning this novel, so you will understand where all the hatred began. And the fun part is siding with a family! The Goodes have been *very* wronged since a Fier (In 'The Betrayal') burned young Samantha and her mother at the stake for being a witch in the 1600s--when they WEREN'T. However, their father was. So he sets out to basically screw over the Fiers. The hatred grows, and here we have this long, bloody, feud which is SO enjoyable to witness. This is a AWESOME book for Fear Street fans, since it tells where the terror all began......

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2003

    excellent

    this book is about simon fier and how he learn about the curse that inflicts upon his family and the Goode family and the how curse begin. he learns that the Fier family is curse to die by fire and that his last name can also spell the word fire. so he changes his name to Simon Fear so he can escape the curse. but knows that nobody can escape the curse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2003

    12 yr. old student

    i think this story was great. r.l.stine sure knows how to write them. i love all of r.l.stines fear street sagas and the rest of the fear street books . i can read one in like 3 hours and still remember what happened . thank you r.l.stine for sharing your talent with the world

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    THIS IS A GREAT BOOK!!!

    this book was so...... good that i couldnt put it down it is very detailed and u feel like ur in it watching or like a movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2003

    The best story I've ever read

    This book was so incredable that I finished reading all 3 books in 2 1/2 days. people are probably saying, 'whea right and I'm super man.' Well, if nobody believes me, that's fine, I just want to say that this story was so good, that I actually felt that I was living inside the story. I want to thank R.L Stine for writing these great stories I enjoy reading all the time.I hope he will keep writing all of these great stories.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    this is a misrerious and scary

    this book is about a guy named ezra fier and he is looking for some one to kill that ishis rival. but the guy got into a threat for him self and his family die.but after he finds the guy and kill him with a pendent.after he kill the guy he buried the pendent .after 14years the family fier 'fire' finds the pendent and got into another threat and they star dying again.on the end all the fiers die but eccept for one and there said that there could be another 'goode' which is another rival for the 'fiers'

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2002

    Astonishing

    Absolutely amazing it is one of the best fiction and horror book of the century good for kids who loves to be scared and thrilled

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2002

    R.L Stine Fan

    Ok, my 8 year old daughter started checking out RL Stines books from her school libary and got me to read them and from the first one I have been lost to his books and have ordered almost all of them. This book was great and tells you how alot of it started.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2002

    Best Yet! GREAT

    Its great teens should read it if you like mystery and witchcraft

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2001

    Great Plot and story

    I read this book a couple of years ago and i still love it. The story was so detailed. The story was told so deeply you felt like you were actually there. I couldnt even put the book down! When i finished reading the book and i wanted to go back in time so i could read all over again. Now im really anxious to read the #1 and #3. Hopefully ill get a chance to get the book that way i can read all three!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2000

    This Book Rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I first read this book and it kept me interested in it the whole time now I want to read all the books that have anything to do with the Fears and Goodes. I totally loved this book.

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