The Birthday Party of No Return (Goosebumps Hall of Horrors Series #6)

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Welcome to the Hall of Horrors, HorrorLand's Hall of Fame for the truly terrifying.

Lee Hargrove only wants one thing-to win a scholarship to Summer Sports Camp. His school is holding a competition and the winner gets to attend the camp for free. Lee is one of the favorites to win along with his friend, Cory "Lucky Duck" Duckworth and another athletic classmate, Laura Grodin. Laura is good...for a girl, but how can anyone compete with Cory's good luck streak? Lee has an idea ...

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Goosebumps Hall of Horrors #6: The Birthday Party of No Return

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Overview


Welcome to the Hall of Horrors, HorrorLand's Hall of Fame for the truly terrifying.

Lee Hargrove only wants one thing-to win a scholarship to Summer Sports Camp. His school is holding a competition and the winner gets to attend the camp for free. Lee is one of the favorites to win along with his friend, Cory "Lucky Duck" Duckworth and another athletic classmate, Laura Grodin. Laura is good...for a girl, but how can anyone compete with Cory's good luck streak? Lee has an idea and he's about to give Cory an unforgettable birthday present that will really get the party started.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545289382
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Series: Goosebumps Hall of Horrors Series , #6
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 178,890
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (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. www.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 10, 2012

    AWESOME

    Probably one of the best goosebumps books I've ever read. Get this book!!!!!!

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Awsome

    This is a greatbook for all ages.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Awesome

    I read the others and they were great i am sure you will love this one

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Really cool

    Youll love the ending so suprising

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Awsome

    This was one of my favorite books by rl stine

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    Reply to the i need nook friends if you want one Re Reply to i need nook friends

    I am a girl that is 10 and i need a nook friend to so if you want to chat reply

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Meh ish

    It looks like a good book

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    R R L Stine is the best

    I haven't even read the book,and I already know its going to be good

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    This was an interesting book.

    I would recomend this book to specific people. Also like many goosebumps if you read this book in your room (with lights on!) It is actually creepy and/or scary. It was a good book, spoiler alert, the ending wasn't that good or that scary. If R.L. Stine is reading this, if you can make the ending like the classics in the 90's. Twists in the endings. Mr. Stine you are still one of the best authors in the world.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Kk

    I hate my mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    I thought all of his boks are scary

    I thought alllll r.l. stine were scary

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Ok

    Vulture claw wuz coole

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Very good book! But i dont get the ending. I recomend it to all ages.

    Great book but bad ending. I recomend it to all ages

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    I want nook friends

    Ill be glad for a nook friend and guees what im 10 years old also

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    Meh

    Not that good. It wasn't that scary.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Ivan

    Its realy awsome

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Anononis

    I like it!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Tap here

    All the books were great so was this one . But i like the origanol serise was better

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    IF YOU HURT ME I SWEAR TO GOD I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN...

    Its a good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Must have it I DIEING literally to get it!

    Dear all NOOKcolor owners and/or kids playing the owners NOOK, This book judged and obvious rating to this book is that everyone who plays or owns a NOOKcolor is very honest and truthful about the book all though I have not read or got or seen at B&N but obviously very many many people like and loved this book and I am and you will like and love it also. Sincrely, (I am not allowed to show my name out into the world amd to people I do not know at all) Thnx! :)

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