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What Scares You the Most? (Nightmare Room Thrillogy #2) [NOOK Book]


Twelve ultra-smart, ultra-competitive kids have been selectedto take part in a survival competition called Life Games.

Not only will they have to overcome the dangers of life on atropical island, they'll also have to face the evil presence thatlives there ... waiting for its next victim.

What Scares You the Most?

April is stranded on the island! She's desperate to escape and get back to her normal life. But ...

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What Scares You the Most? (Nightmare Room Thrillogy #2)

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Twelve ultra-smart, ultra-competitive kids have been selectedto take part in a survival competition called Life Games.

Not only will they have to overcome the dangers of life on atropical island, they'll also have to face the evil presence thatlives there ... waiting for its next victim.

What Scares You the Most?

April is stranded on the island! She's desperate to escape and get back to her normal life. But April's life will never be normal again. Because someone -- or something -- evil will follow her home, using her deepest fears against her.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In this Thrillogy #2, an evil witch follows April home from the Life Games competition. Although April wins a $100,000 prize with her group, she continues to have terrifying visions and nightmares from the tropical island adventure. This action packed horror novel will appeal to reluctant readers and should be read with the other books in this "Thrillogy" series. The story travels back in time to explain why the witch is on the island, but the final confrontation between April and the witch does not occur in this volume. This is a good purchase for libraries serving older elementary and junior high school students who are R.L. Stine fans. 2001, HarperCollins, $3.99. Ages 10 to 14. Reviewer: Wendy Pollock-Gilson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061904820
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/18/2009
  • Series: Nightmare Room Series
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 931,165
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • File size: 340 KB

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.


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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Chapter One

Hugging herself tightly, April Powers stared out at the tossing ocean waves. A bolt of jagged lightning flashed on the horizon. in the sudden light, the water flared green, bright as day.

Thunder crackled in the distance. Lightning flickered, closer this time.

Shivering, April turned to her three friends. "That storm is heading this way," she muttered.

"Perfect," Kristen Wood said, shaking her head bitterly. "We're abandoned on this empty island. And now we're going to be washed away."

"Marks will come back for us," Anthony Thomas said. He pulled a beetle from his red hair and crushed it between his fingers. "He has to come back. This is probably some kind of test."

I don't see any boats in the water," April replied, shivering again. She felt a heavy raindrop on her shoulder. Another one on the top of her head. "They took the boats and left us here. They're not coming back."

"It's a survival game," Anthony insisted. "Marks is the director of The Academy. He's a businessman, right? He's not going to abandon four kids on an island."

"But ... what if something went terribly wrong?" April asked. "What if it was some kind of emergency? And he gathered up everyone he could-and split?"

Marlin Davis had been silent this whole time. He was hunched beside the others on the small dock, watching the waves grow higher, watching them crash onto the rocky shore.

He pulled off his baseball cap and scratched his head. "They did leave in an awful hurry," he said softly.

"But they took everything with them," Anthony said. "That means their escape was planned."

He brushed a raindrop off hi's forehead."I'm telling you, guys, it's a game. Part of the Life Games. This is the bravery competition. So ... don't panic."

"Don't panic?" April's words came out shriller than she had planned. "Don't panic? We have no food. No phones. No way to contact anybody — "

Kristen placed a hand on April's trembling shoulder. "Are you sure there's no food?" she asked.

A- deafening boom of thunder made all four of them jump. The rain came down harder, pattering noisily on the planks of the dock.

Marlin jumped to his feet. "Let's go check. Let's see what they left us."

Ducking their heads against the pouring rain, April and her friends ran off the dock, across the shore, and to the cabins and huts of The Academy Village. By the time they burst through the open mess hall door, they were soaked.

Marlin tried the light switch. He clicked it several times. "They must have turned off the generator," he said.

"Oh, great," April moaned. "No power at all."

Lightning flickered outside the window. April could see that the tables had been pushed against the wall. The chairs were all overturned.

"Did they leave anything in the kitchen?" Kristen asked. She was already halfway there, her wet sneakers sliding on the wooden floor.

April shook out her short brown hair as she trotted after her friend. This isn't happening, she thought.

It's the middle of the night. And I'm having a nightmare. I'm dreaming that Donald Marks took his assistants and the other kids and roared away on the only two boats.

Wake up, April, she urged herself. Please-wake UPI

But no. She joined the others in the dark kitchen. Anthony had found a flashlight and was sending a darting circle of light around the room.

"Oh, wow. The shelves are bare," Kristen murmured.

"Try the fridge," Marlin said.

April pulled open the heavy metal door. Anthony beamed his light into the big refrigerator.

"Oh, gross!" April screamed. "I'm going to be sick!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2001

    The thrilling second book in the Nightmare Room thrillogy.

    April and her teammates in the Life Games have been deserted on the island. The adults and the rest of the kids have sailed away, leaving them with no food and no way off the island. But they are far from alone. An evil presence is with them. In 1680, a young girl named Deborah was banished from her English village to the very same island after her evil mother framed her for witchcraft. But through a deception of her own, Deborah managed to trap her mother on the island and return to England, although never to the village of her birth. Now, her mother lives on, staying alive through the life forces of others, determined to have her revenge for what her daughter did to her. Not only are April and her friends stranded on the island, but their very lives are in danger from the evil witch. This was a thrilling continuation of the Nightmare Room Thrillogy, as begun in book one, Fear Games. I can't wait to read the third and final book, No Survivors.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013


    This book is a must read type.If you like RL Stine,youll love this book.It is ment for you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2004

    Nightmare ROOM #1

    April gets the chance of a lifetime when she sent an invitation to the acadamy, where she will enjoy a stay at a tropical island - It'll be fun, plus she'll be able to get back at her enemy. - But when she arrives at this mystical island, things are far from ordinary...A curse is cast on the island, and April must survive along with several other competeters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013


    Bla not scary come on rl stine u can do much much better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2011


    Hey all you flopers this book is so flopety flope

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