The Stepsister (Fear Street Series)

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Fear Street — Where Your Worst Nightmares Live...
Emily wants to like her stepsister, but it hasn't been easy. As soon as Jessie moves in, she takes over Emily's room, steals Emily's clothes, and lies to everyone. Then Emily picks up Jessie's diary and learns a horrifying secret. Is Jessie really capable of murder?
Emily tries to tell her parents, but no one believes her.
So ...

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Overview

Fear Street — Where Your Worst Nightmares Live...
Emily wants to like her stepsister, but it hasn't been easy. As soon as Jessie moves in, she takes over Emily's room, steals Emily's clothes, and lies to everyone. Then Emily picks up Jessie's diary and learns a horrifying secret. Is Jessie really capable of murder?
Emily tries to tell her parents, but no one believes her.
So it's up to Emily to expose the real Jessie — if she can stay alive.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416900290
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 5/17/2005
  • Series: Fear Street Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 380,070
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 7.00 (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 November 30, 2011

    Fantastic Book!!!!

    The book the ¿Stepsister¿ is a thrilling, twisting story that has you hanging on the edge of your seat at all time. Emily and her sister after losing their father, have a new step father. They were quite surprised to know they would have a new sister, Jessie. Strange and dangerous accidents start happening, since the day Jessie moved in. Little does everyone know that Jessie has a secret. This book is very suspenseful. And I would recommend this book to anyone that loves mystery. I would rate this book four stars for the thrill it brings me.Emily and her sister have had a hard life growing up. Their father died, and life has been hard on them. Not soon after their mother remarries leaving them with a new dad and sister. The day after Jessie moved in, dangerous accidents start happening. Emily thinks its Jessie all the way without a doubt. Accident after accident Emily blames Jessie for everything. Emily will soon regret everything she csaid when she gets her hands on Jessie¿s diary.¿Jessie killed Tiger mom!¿ Emily yelled. Jessie is getting angry with all of the blaming and throws a huge temper tantrum. Emily just wants Jessie out of her house, room, and life. ¿Ever since Jessie has been here, bad things have been happening!¿ I said shrilly. The book achieves its goals in wanting to not only shock the reader, but to have them hanging. Not only that, but they never see the twist coming. The purpose is met, because the book is made for entertaining.In my opinion this book is fantastic, and you won¿t be able to put the book down. The main points in the book for me, is it has to be addicting to read. This book sent chills down my spine, and shocked me. This book will probably make you want to start reading some of R.L. Stine¿s other books. You never see the twist coming, because he puts the twists in different parts of his books. They are not all in the same place which makes the book amusing. The ¿Stepsister¿ is the genre of books I like to read, it just makes it fun for me. Twists and turns in my opinion is what make reading fun. The setting in the story is what makes the book like a TV in your head. There will be ups and downs, but it will always keep me interested to see what is going to happen next. In other words the book is an amazing journey to read and picture in your imagination. I am very picky with books, and I honestly say this book keeps me interested, and wanted to know more. This makes me think of how some people think violence, and hurting other people. The plot makes you think more, and will not want to stop reading.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

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    The Best Book Ever!

    I love the Stepsister! It was exciting and I was on a edge! I couldn't place the book down! I couldn't guess what was going to happen next! And the ending just made my jaw drop! I recommend this story to anyone who loves suspense stories!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Awesome

    The Stepsister is a great book filled with suspense. It's about a teen girl named Emily who's father died on a camping trip and her mother remarried... meaning that the stepfather and his children have to move in. Emily's stepsister seems sweet, nice, and friendly around adults but once she has her alone, it seems like she's trying to ruin Emily's life. I won't give all the details but I will tell you: things aren't always as they seem...
    Anyways I recommend this book to kids and teens--ages 11 and up who are looking for suspense and surprise.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

    The Stepsister

    Emily's mother just got remarried and, now her new husband and his childern are moving into her house. Emily is excited for the new arrivements. Emily thinks that alomost everything will go well because her and the other kids have always got along and they did'nt fight. When they all get moved in and are comfortable bad things start to happen. Everything that happens, Emily blames on her new sister. Emily goes to her real sister for comfort, well til she finds out the truth.
    This book is extremely interseting and it has so many differnet things happening in it. One minute everyone is getting along then the next they are at each others throats. What Emilt thought would be a happy family has totally ruined her life, but the things that she has been blaming her new sister for she should have been holding over someone else head. Emily felt so bad for blaming her stepsister for everything that had happened. I would recommend this book to almost anyone that likes drama. It has so many ups and downs that you have no clue what will happen next!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2008

    kool

    really awsome

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2008

    fantastic!

    this book was so exciting! the end also has an unexpected twist. I would recommend this book, and any other R.L.Stine books, to people who love scary stories.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    A reviewer

    Emily tries to be so nice to her new stepsister but Jessie takes over everything.Emily reads Jessie's diary. And it was a shocker.The book ended with a big bang. Literely a bang.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2008

    THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD BOOK

    I loved this book so much!i love fearstreet so this was one of the bests book of the 91 others that i read!i recommend this to anybody who likes fearstreet!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Awesomr

    I really loved the book it was so crazy. It got me scared for emily a lot.

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  • Posted June 5, 2013

    Another favorite

    Another favorite

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Hmmm?

    I have not read it yet, but it sounds good

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2012

    The Stepsister By R.L. Stine

    Love the mystery!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    good

    The book is about the 2 stepsisters messing around and the dad comes in and yelled at both of them they got in trouble. They didn¿t know what to do then.The book was basicly about the 2 other stepsisters the other one no one has liked she was mean and told the others what to do they tried telling the parents but they think she¿s a wonderful child but she really wasn¿t she was mean to everyone. The other stepsister tried to talk to her about somethings like she shouldn¿t treat others bad but she didn¿t pay any attention to her like she should have. The Stepsisters is a great book it tells you what happends and where it happened. I would always read the books of the stepsisters a lot of people have read this book some of the parts in it are scary it makes you think you are there when your reading the book. The one of the stepsisters doent get along with the others good. the books of the stepsisters a lot of people have read this book some of the parts in it are scary it makes you think you are there when your reading the book. The one of the stepsisters doent get along with the others good. The Stepsisters is a great book it tells you what happends and where it happened. I would always read.The Stepsister got the help she needed everything was ok. She is a lot nicer then she was before she is trying to be the bester person she is. The sisters are happy they do a lot together andtry to have a good time with eachother they are the happest family then before because all the other sisters would tell on the stepsister then the parents wouldn¿t believe them that got them really upset but they finally cought her doing all that stuff but now there all a loving family because she changed to a better person. She treats everyone with some respected and caring about eachother and doing more. The stepsister told the person who tried changing her she thanked them and gave them a hug. They all was ver happy with her doing this and atlest trying her best now they spend a lot of time with eachother.
    It¿s a good book to read.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    AWESOME

    The book is really good.It has a really good plot and you feel the character feeling

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2009

    Looks pretty good...... cant wait

    This book looks pretty goood.....I really want to read it so I am maybe so going to order it.....I absoulutely love rl stine books.....I am planning to read Halloween Party that seems like a book filled with shockingness and fear.....DUH!!!!Fear Street I am really excited this is going to be a real thrilling book I can tell I really feel this is a challenge in my books read....I can not wait yaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2008

    read it !!!

    i loveddddd this book ... the end will just leave you speechless!! its an awesome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    GREAT! =]

    This was a really good book! The ending was a total SHOCKER! I RECCOMEND IT TO ANYONE! READ IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2007

    Shocking isn't it!!!!!!!

    I enjoyed this book because to me this was the best i have ever read.Poor Emily mostly because she finds something terribly shocking about her new step sis.Only one thing, there's a twist at the end so just to think can Emily really stay alive after what she finds out?!?!?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2006

    Another Fav!!!!!!!!

    I love this book. Another really great read in this series!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2006

    It was good.

    this book is about a girl named Emily. When Emily gets a new stepsister she thinks it will be fun.But Jessie will not make it easy for her. And soon Emily finds out Jessie's terrible secret. Emily better figure this out or she will end up dead.

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