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Another chilling thriller from master of horror R.L. Stine, creator of Fear Street and the Cheerleaders series. He wants a ride. She wants a thrill. So, in spite of her best friend's arguments, Christina stops to pick up the handsome hitchhiker. He's everything she thought he'd be. And more. Much, much, more. Enough to thrill Christina and Terri . . . to death.
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Overview

Another chilling thriller from master of horror R.L. Stine, creator of Fear Street and the Cheerleaders series. He wants a ride. She wants a thrill. So, in spite of her best friend's arguments, Christina stops to pick up the handsome hitchhiker. He's everything she thought he'd be. And more. Much, much, more. Enough to thrill Christina and Terri . . . to death.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590461009
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Series: Point Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine
R. L. Stine
Robert Lawrence Stine began career as an author writing short stories and joke books -- but in the early 1990's, he introduced the wildly popular Goosebumps series. The books sold millions of copies, and made reading frighteningly fun again for kids.

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 15, 2007

    The Hitchhiker

    At first it reminded me a bit of the hitcher. Two girls pick up a hitchhiker and cruise the road getting into trouble along the way. The ending I did not expect and assumed a different approach as to who done what and who would get through it at the end. Nice twist and different approach in the story..finally too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2013

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    So reminds me of that movie Hitcher. Just as the title suggest

    So reminds me of that movie Hitcher.

    Just as the title suggests, you have two girls, a hitchhiker, cruising along the road, its not long till they find trouble.

    I will say that the ending I didn't see coming, thinking it was going one way but went in an entirely different way. Especially the who done what and who would survive.

    Not a bad twist. And something different. Which was nice with most of these reads.

    Pretty good. Makes me want to read the books in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    AN AWESOME SUSPENSE WITH AN EVEN BETTER TWIST

    I could not put this book down. It was gripping from beginning to end and had me questioning the characters, hmm... was it the hitchhiker,or those two airheads who partied? Who killed the old man...Somebody needs anger management... Pick the book up and get ready for a great suspense with an even greater twist. Just keep in mind that hitchhikers are never innocent...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2004

    thrilling

    This book was a really good read. Surpriseing ending. Everybody should read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2002

    good read

    i read this book when i was in the 7th grade, im now in 10th. it was a really good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2002

    ONE OF HIS BESTS

    THAT BOOK WAS VERRY GOOD BUT THE END WAS THE SCARY PART IT HAD A VERRY GOOD TWIST IN IT I GIVE IT AN OUTSTANDING REVIEW AND I ALSO RECOMEND IT TO ALL PEOPLE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2001

    Fantastic book!

    This book is great! It has a great ending. Very surising. I recommended to everybody out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2001

    Great book

    This was an outstanding book, one of his very best books.If you like this one you should definately read The Snowman.

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