Switched (Fear Street Series)

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FEAR STREET — WHERE YOUR WORST NIGHTMARES LIVE . . .

Nicole always thought her friend Lucy's life was so much better than hers. She had cooler parents, a cuter boyfriend . . . next to her, Nicole felt like a loser. So when Lucy asked if she wanted to switch bodies, Nicole thought it sounded like a fun idea. Good for a laugh.

She didn't realize the switch would actually work. Or that Lucy's life might not be so...

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FEAR STREET — WHERE YOUR WORST NIGHTMARES LIVE . . .

Nicole always thought her friend Lucy's life was so much better than hers. She had cooler parents, a cuter boyfriend . . . next to her, Nicole felt like a loser. So when Lucy asked if she wanted to switch bodies, Nicole thought it sounded like a fun idea. Good for a laugh.

She didn't realize the switch would actually work. Or that Lucy's life might not be so sweet after all. Turns out, Lucy's got a few issues. And she's about to get her revenge — using Nicole's body!

There's a little cabin in the Fear Street woods where a girl can lose her mind. In fact, she can change it into someone else's. That's what happened to Nicole and Lucy. Now Lucy is in Nicole's body and vice-versa. What a trip! But for Nicole, what a trap! Because Lucy is using her body to get away with murder. Author media. Original.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416913757
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 3/21/2006
  • Series: Fear Street Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 309,976
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (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 7, 2007

    A reviewer

    R.L Stine has a horror book in his Fearstreet collection called Switch. Switch was an exciting book and always kept you wondering what will happen next. There where many parts in the book where you thought you knew what would happen but something totally different happens. The book takes place in Shadyside and in the woods off of Fearstreet, in present time. Lucy asks Nicole if she would trade bodies. Nicole didn¿t think it would work so she said yes. Amazingly the switch worked. When Nicole gets to Lucy¿s house in Lucy¿s body, she finds her parents murdered and dead on the floor. So now Nicole is stuck in the only suspect¿s body. When Nicole finds Lucy¿s parent dead, she doesn¿t know what to do. She ends up going to Lucy¿s boyfriend¿s house. Kent, Lucy¿s boyfriend, tells her to stay where she is and he will get her something to drink. Kent goes to get her a drink but he also gets the police. Nicole ran from the police. When she escaped she decided she needed to find Lucy. Wherever Nicole went it seemed like she just missed Nicole. The last place Nicole could think to look was Lucy¿s grandmother¿s house out on a farm. Nicole finds Lucy behind some hay and Lucy distracts Nicole long enough for the police to come and get Nicole. Switch is told in the first person point of view by Nicole. R.L. Stine doesn¿t use many difficult words, so the book is pretty easy to follow. Anyone who likes a good horror book or maybe even mystery books should definitely read this book. If you do read this book and like it, then I would also recommend that you try some other Fearstreet books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    A MUST READ!

    great book! infact i think its one of the best books of fearstreat. if only it was longer. but the thing is the book had so many surprises!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    From a reader who loves good horor stories such as this one. Logan B

    Switched By: R.L Stine Nicole is a girl with a normal life, she has parents who watch her every move and friends who are nice to her, but don¿t really like her. Nicole thought Lucy¿s life was perfect and amazing she had great grades, an awesome boyfriend and parents who don¿t bug her. When Lucy asks her if she wants to switch bodies she accepts. Only problem is when she finds out things aren¿t so perfect with Lucy things go bad! Nicole and Lucy switch bodies and Nicole finds out that Lucy framed her she killed her parents and left Nicole in her body to take the blame while she was in Nicole¿s body running away. The story takes place in a small town with a little coffee joint, a pizza place and some other little stores along with schools however the author never gave the place of the story. I think the author wrote this story to entertain kids and to scare them. Overall I think this book is great. When I started to read the book I couldn¿t put it down, I got absorbed in the story. The events of the story drew my in and grabbed my attention.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    This book is such "mind booming mystery". The author R

    This book is such "mind booming mystery". The author R.L. Stine must be proud of this book "switched" it really inspires you to read more. The book is like a mystery very confunsing, but more and more exciting on every sentence. Nicole, the mani character, says "i hate my life". That brought my attention because because there are times when people say that about theirs when their in bad times. I recommend this book because its very suspenseful at every twist and turn.


    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    Tap here

    I started reading at about midnight and expected to read just one chapter and finish it tomorrow, but i ended up reading the whole thing... it was so supensful and thrilling. I finished at one in the morning and could not go to sleep because i kept thinking about it and wondering, "what if that ever happened to me?" Overall it is a great read. If you're looking for a book that is quick to read but makes you need to finish it... this book is perfect for you. The age group can vary from preteen to adult... it is a little scary so i wouldn't recommend reading it to a young child... thats all i have to say out this book... READ IT!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2006

    A Really Creepy Story!!

    I gave this one five stars because it really creeped me out in the end. I thought that I had it all figured out, but when I read the end, I was really wrong. After reading this story, I couldn't stop thinking about it, so if you like the Fear Street books, than I suggest reading this one, because I think this one was the scariest!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Scary book

    This book was so scary i stayed up till 11:05

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Switch

    Amazing! One of the best book by R.L Stine that I have ever read. The best thing about the book is that it keeps you wanting to read, and has the perfect combination of horror and supense, but my favorite part was the ending. You would've never of guessed that ending, and when you get to it, you are in for a big surprise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    R.l. stine

    One of the best books by r.l. stine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Love

    Love

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    AMAZING

    Love RL Stine books great book I recomend it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    !!!

    This book is amazing . It gets a little bit confusing towards the end, but when you start to understand it again, It's interesting !

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  • Posted January 25, 2009

    Awesome!

    This book was pretty good book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2008

    Best book in the Fear Street series

    I have read a lot of Fear Street books (and I mean ALOT) this is definitely my favorite. This book has a lot of suspense in it and you won't want to put the book down til' you finish the last page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2006

    Cool Read!

    I love the Fear Street books, they always have a twist or two you never expect and this one was no exception. Good, spooky read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2006

    really werid..............

    this book is about Nicole Darwin and her bestfriend,Lucy who switch bodies. But Lucy's life isn't all what Nicole suspects. Infact it's a nightmare! Can Nicole locate Lucy before she s stuck in Lucy's body. Forever.............

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2006

    this was great!!

    i love it u never guees how it end i thought that it was one person but it wasn't i love it..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2005

    Good

    This was a great book. It has a surprise ending!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2005

    SUSPENCEFUL AND SURPRISInG

    This book was amazing,I thought one person was the killer or this person did that and the end just totally,baffeles you!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2002

    Suspensful Mystery Novel!!!

    The book Switched is suspensful and entertaining, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. The events that occur throughout the novel lead to a very important lesson. I would recommend this book for ages 12-18.

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