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The Teacher from Heck (Rotten School Series #8)

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Is Mrs. Heinie Gone Forever?

Mrs. Heinie is so nearsighted, she can't find her nose without her glasses on!

But she doesn't have to see to know that Bernie Bridges and his Rotten House buddies are up to no good. Cuz they're ALWAYS up to no good!

Mrs. H. decides she can't take it anymore! She's replaced by a teacher named Mr. Skruloose. He's ...

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Is Mrs. Heinie Gone Forever?

Mrs. Heinie is so nearsighted, she can't find her nose without her glasses on!

But she doesn't have to see to know that Bernie Bridges and his Rotten House buddies are up to no good. Cuz they're ALWAYS up to no good!

Mrs. H. decides she can't take it anymore! She's replaced by a teacher named Mr. Skruloose. He's the Teacher from HECK! He's so strict, he won't let kids SNEEZE! And he gives four hours of homework every night!

Mr. Skruloose HAS to go. The annual Water War is under way. Who has time for homework?

Can Bernie think up a scheme to bring Mrs. Heinie back? Does a weasel have lips?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cindy L. Carolan
Crude, offensive, and foul. From the names of the teachers (Headmaster Upchuck, Ms. Heine, and Mr. Skruloose) to the antics played out in Rotten School, these descriptive terms with negative connotations have been taken to new heights. Fourth grader Bernie Bridges and his pals are in the midst of a water war with Bernie's arch nemesis, rich boy and Nyce House resident, Sherman Oaks. Unfortunately for Bernie, a new, ultra disciplined teacher is making their lives miserable with four hours of homework a night and the formation of a drill team, which is seriously cutting into their mischievous planning sessions. Part of a generally prank- filled, but not as vulgar, series of "Rotten School" books that include the titles The Great Smelling Bee, The Good, the Bad and the Very Slimy and Dudes, the School is Haunted! The author, who lives in New York, has received recognition for his spooky book series, including "Goosebumps" and "Fear Street." Definitely not a necessary purchase.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599618326
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Series: Rotten School Series , #8
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine

R.L. Stine began his writing career at the age of nine and has been at it ever since, becoming a bestselling author several times over. Among his many groundbreaking credits are Fear Street, the first young adult horror series, and Goosebumps, the bestselling series that made Stine the #1 bestselling author in America for three years in a row. He lives with his wife in New York City.

Trip Park grew up in Ithaca, New York, and went to college at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was first drawn to advertising. He then moved to Chicago, later New York, where he joined advertising agencies and worked on kids’ favorites including Cap’n Crunch, Gatorade, Kellogg’s, and Ronald McDonald. His children’s commercials have won numerous awards. But advertising also brought something equally as rewarding. There he got to work with some of his favorite illustrators. Watching these artists create their pieces inspired Trip Park to try his hand at illustrating himself.

Trip Park has illustrated a number of children's books including Gopher Up Your Sleeve, written by Tony Johnston, Trout, Trout, Trout! (A Fish Chant) and Ant, Ant, Ant! (An Insect Chant), both written by April Pulley Sayre. He has also developed characters and helped animate commercials for Nickelodeon, The California State Fair, Lego, and many others. When Rotten School came along, the opportunity to translate to the drawing board R.L. Stine’s cast of kids was a wonderful chance to combine his love for children’s illustration with this group of rotten students. His work can be seen at

Trip lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laura and four children.


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 " 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,"

"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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Rotten School #8: The Teacher from Heck

By R.L. Stine

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 R.L. Stine
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060788216

Chapter One

Meet Mr. Skruloose

My name is Bernie Bridges, and you might wonder why I'm running so hard.

Normally I'd take time to enjoy the morning sunshine on the Great Lawn--to smell the sweet trees and flowers, to feel the warm breeze on my handsome face.

But this morning I am running full speed across the Rotten School campus.

I don't want to be late.

We have a new teacher. He is taking the place of our old teacher, Mrs. Heinie, and I want to be there early to welcome him. And to let him know that, yes, I'm a leader at this school. But I'm a leader who is willing to listen to my teacher once in a while.

In other words, I want to suck up to the new guy before Sherman Oaks and his pals get there.

You see, the Rotten School is a boarding school. We all live here on the campus.

I live with my friends in the coolest dorm--an old house called Rotten House.

That rich, spoiled brat, Sherman Oaks, lives in the dorm called Nyce House.

Yuck. Who would want to live in a place called Nyce House? We hate every kid who lives there!

My feet pounded the grass. The School House rose up in front of me. That's what we call our classroom building.

A few seconds later, I slipped into my fourth-grade class.

Uh-oh. The roomwas full. Kids were already in their seats. They turned to watch me as I closed the door behind me.

I stared at the new teacher. Whoa! The dude was a monster! Give me a break! He was at least eight feet tall and built like a truck on top of a truck!

His Rotten School blazer stretched tightly across his massive chest. It looked ready to pop its buttons. I could see muscles rippling up and down his arms.

His name was written in chalk behind him.

Mr. Skruloose.


I flashed him my best smile, the one with the adorable dimples.

"Welcome, sir," I said. "I know I speak for everyone when I say how happy we are--"

"SHUT UP!" he boomed, so loudly the windows rattled.

I swallowed my gum. He was kinda rude, don't you think?

His steel blue eyes narrowed in a hard stare. "You're in trouble," he growled.

I glanced all around. "Huh? Are you talking to me? I'm in trouble?"

What was his problem? What did I do?


Excerpted from Rotten School #8: The Teacher from Heck by R.L. Stine Copyright © 2006 by R.L. Stine. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    I love these books

    This is my favorite book from the Rottin School books. Its a wonderful read. I recomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2008

    Rotten School Teacher from Heak

    Rotten School Teacher from Heck by R.L Stines is about a boy named Bernie Bridges. His teacher Mrs. Heinie quits. The reason why she quits is because¿. One day in class when Mrs. Heinie was teaching class she wanted to look up something on Sherman Oaks laptop. Sherman Oaks is a spoiled rich kid and who are archenemies with Bernie bridges. On the other hand, while Mrs. Heinie pressed a button it had triggered water which had squirted in her face. It had did that because Bernie and Sherman were in a big water fight and they wouldn¿t stop until someone won or someone confessed. As Mrs. H face sprouted with red and steam blowing out of her ears, she took a deep breath and screamed ¿I QUIT!¿ As she pounded her feet on the ground she went out the door and would never want to teach this class ever again. As Headmaster Upchuck got a new teacher named Mr. Skullrulez. He was the toughest, strictest, and scariest teacher you could ever have. Mr. Skullrulez only brought misery, despair and also discipline to the class of young not well trained children. But do you think that this will help the class or not? Will Mr. Skullrulez ever go away? These are questions of what will happen at the end. If you want to know what happens then get rotten school teacher from heak and you will find out what happens next. All you have to do is read.

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