Stay Out of the Basement (Classic Goosebumps Series #22)

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Dr. Brewer is doing a little plant-testing in his basement. Nothing to worry about. Harmless, really. But Margaret and Casey Brewer are worried about their father. Especially when they...meet...some of the plants he is growing down there. Then they notice that their father is developing plantlike tendencies. In fact, he is becoming distinctly ...

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Overview


Get Goosebumps with the startling repackage of a best selling classic. Now with bonus materials!

Dr. Brewer is doing a little plant-testing in his basement. Nothing to worry about. Harmless, really. But Margaret and Casey Brewer are worried about their father. Especially when they...meet...some of the plants he is growing down there. Then they notice that their father is developing plantlike tendencies. In fact, he is becoming distinctly weedy-and seedy.
Is it just part of their father's "harmless" experiment? Or has the basement turned into another little shop of horrors?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545298384
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Series: Classic Goosebumps Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 192,789
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine

R.L. Stine's books have sold more than 300 million copies, making him one of the most popular children's authors in history. Besides Goosebumps, R.L. Stine has written series including: Fear Street, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Dangerous Girls. R.L. Stine lives in New York with his wife, Jane, and his King Charles spaniel, Minnie. 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 February 5, 2012

    You'll have gooswbumps

    This book will keep you reading untl the end. Enjoy.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2011

    This book is awessome you gotta read it

    Little kitten finds treasure

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

    Decent Book

    I thought the book was quite interesting to read, but it had nothing frighting that would scare a reader like the author intended to do. The story itself was quite good and the plot made you wanting to find out more on whats going on with the father and why he won't stay out of the basement. I would recommend this book only if your a huge fan of the goosebumps series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Goosebumps: Stay out of the Basement

    He's like a genius his books are thrilling and chilling down the spine scare,interesting, or deciding a door or way to pick its full of scare magic i read his books all the time i even watch the movies its amazing

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    It is good

    Good

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Anonymous

    I love this book! I have read it as my AR book in my class and I loved it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Anyone need a girlfriend

    I like sports am 11 and i will NOT date jackass who doesnt play sports ok i am sexy i got that from my past boyfriends

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    To kaitlyn

    You are a slut giving people your number so you can have sex.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    :(*O)/###

    Hed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    W

    Not bad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Awesome

    This book is so good knowing that i didn't read it yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    Anonymous

    Great book one of my absolute favorite goosebumps, it was the first book I ever got and read on my nook, I read it one day.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    I have this book but I haven't finished

    This book is really exiting!Can't wait to finish it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Nice

    Funniest book i have ever read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    This is gay but inteeresting

    I ment it this is gay but entertanning so i give it barly 4 stars

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Luv ot

    I read it at school i think i wanted to finish it the night i got it the point is that is so kool(< that the kool way to spell cool but DO NOT spell it bc only i and my bf can) PLEASE get it and get scared

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    1/2 stars

    I want to do a half star but it doesn't let you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    GR clan

    Ok

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    I need a nook friend

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