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Classic Goosebumps #15: Ghost Beach Kindle Edition

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Length: 162 pages Word Wise: Enabled Age Level: 8 - 12
Grade Level: 7 - 7

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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.

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  • File Size: 280 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E8ARR4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,024 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Why is Tim Jacobus R.L. Stine's favorite illustrator? Maybe because they've done so many scary books together. Tim did the cover paintings for more than 80 Goosebumps books, as well as the six amazing Amazon books. Recently, the two of them got together and asked the questions they've always wanted to ask each other...

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TIM (the illustrator) asks R.L. STINE (the author):

TIM: When I illustrate, I can "see" the image in my head before I start to draw. Do you "hear" a story when you write?

R.L.: I hear kids when I write. I try to hear the voice of the boy or girl who is telling the story. I visit schools a lot and talk with kids so I can keep up with what they are saying these days and what real kids sound like. Then I try to hear their voices tell the story as I write it.

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TIM: You've written so many books I can't do the math, but I bet you've used millions of words. What's you favorite word?

R.L.: Someone once got in an elevator with a very witty author named Noel Coward and said, "Say something funny." And Coward said, "Kangaroo." Kangaroo has been a favorite word of mine ever since I heard that story. But as a horror writer, I guess my favorite word is SCREAM!

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TIM: Where is the strangest place you have come up with an idea for a story?

R.L.: An empty movie theater. My wife and I went to see a scary movie in a big, old movie house-- and we were the only ones in the theater. It was kind of creepy. Then about halfway through the movie, I turned around and saw that the back row was filled with people sitting straight and still. Suddenly, I thought-- They are zombies! I'm trapped in a dark zombie theater! And that's where the idea for the book Zombie Town came from.

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TIM: If you couldn't write-- and you possessed all skills-- what would you like to do for a living?

R.L.: I drew comic strips from the time I was in 4th grade, and I always dreamed of being a cartoonist. You can imagine my shock when the other kids told me how bad my art was. They were right. I stunk! I got over my extreme disappointment by starting to write. But if I had the skill, I would love to do what you do, Tim.

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R.L. STINE (the author)asks TIM (the illustrator):

R.L.: If you couldn't be an artist what would you like to be?

TIM: I would like to be a "Snowmaker" at one of the big ski resorts, out west, like Mammoth Mountain in California. You work at night when everyone goes home. Set up the snow guns, cover the slopes, and groom them with the Sno-Cat track machine. It's kinda like a snow tank! Then, you get to ski for free! I love that snow!

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R.L.: When we were kids, my brother and I used to go to a horror movie every Saturday. We loved them all. The covers on our six Amazon books look like movie posters to me. Were you also influenced by horror movies? If so, which ones?

TIM: I was a complete "chicken" as a kid. I couldn't sit through any horror movie. The first scary movie I saw was on TV. It isn't really a horror movie. It was the Hunchback of Notre Dame-- the black-and-white version with Charles Laughton. That movie freaked me out! The mutant, Quasimodo, was something that REALLY could exist. Black-and-white movies, black-and-white photos--they all seem more "real" than full color to me.

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R.L.: You have painted so many great covers. I think your scariest Goosebumps cover was for The Barking Ghost. And the black cat on The 13th Warning is really creepy. Do you have a favorite cover? Is it a scary one or a funny one?

TIM: It's hard to pick a favorite. But you gotta love the blue bathroom blobs in Monster Blood IV. That one is a little creepy and WAY funny. For just outright scary, I love the ticket taker in Zombie Town!

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R.L.: What was the weirdest thing someone ever asked you to draw?

TIM: Oh, I have drawn a lot of weird stuff. One time, I had to paint a pimple! You know... acne! It was a medical illustration. Gross. When I first started illustrating, I painted pictures of food. My food illustrations were used in the Sunday newspaper for the local supermarket. I painted every food you can imagine. I can draw a pretty mean potato!

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
Goosebumps from R.L. Stine continues to offer chilling and fun books for the pre-teen crowd. Perhaps not as popular as they were several years ago, these are still enjoyable reads...not too scary for elementary school kids with a target audience of age 6 - 11 I would say.

In Ghost Beach, Jerry and his sister Terri go to visit their aunt and uncle who live near a cemetary as well as a beach that has a scary cave and is the subject of local legends. Jerry and Terri are told by local kids that the cave is haunted but of course they decide they need to check it out for themselves and journey off to explore the dark and forbidding cave. A flickering light entices the kids in and soon they wish they would have heeded the warnings.

Like all Goosebumps book this is a light, quick read. Perfect for younger kids to read themselves in a few days or for parents to read along with other children. Just scary enough to give them some chills but not too scary to cause nightmares. Very enjoyable!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 7, 2004
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The Goosebumps series are books that are thrilling, they are about monsters and skeletons. The novels are great for kids in elementary school. This book should not be banned because it is a great for kids to read and that are fun to read too. I don't know why anyone would want to ban these books by R.L. Stine. In one of the books a girl finds a mask and put and on, but when she tries to take it off it doesn't come off. These novels are not bad to read so they shouldn't be banned.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Simon on July 25, 2006
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I remember collecting Goosebumps when the first wave came out a decade ago. Ghost Beach was written around the time the series was taking off in popularity, but before it got saturated in merchandise and took a dip in quality. There's nothing goofy about Ghost Beach, it's a straight-forward ghost story with some decent twists here and there. It's also one of the scarier books in the series, along the lines of "Welcome to Dead House." Good for some safe scares.

I used to get scolded for reading too much Goosebumps and not enough "real" literature, but it's hard enough to get kids to read these days. Recommended for any paperback collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raj on September 3, 2010
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Synopsis: Jerry and Terri Sadler are visiting their distant cousins Brad and Agatha in their new England home at the end of summer. One day, while they are exploring a sandy beach, they see a dark cave at a distance. They decide to check it out, but after an strange incident with a `bat', they forget about it when they meet three other kids; Sam, Louisa and Nat Sadler.

When Jerry and Terri tell the three other Sadlers about exploring the cave, they tell them that there is a ghost that lives in the cave. At first Jerry and Terri don't believe them, but after uncovering the skeleton of an animal in the woods, they are convinced that something strange is going on. When Jerry sees a light flickering in the cave during a full moon night, he realizes that there is someone in the cave.

As the story progresses, Jerry and Terri decide to explore the cave to solve the mystery of the ancient ghost, only to discover the shocking secret behind it, and how much danger they are really in.

Review: Even though this is not one of the best Goosebumps stories I have read, I certainly did enjoy reading this story. I feel it was really different from other Goosebumps books, because it was more of a mystery story than a scary one. With the setting of a beach, a cave and a mystery to solve, I felt like I was like reading a Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys story with a tinge of supernatural element added to it, which is why I enjoyed it so much.

Some parts of the story that stood out for me were, when Jerry and Terri confront the entity living in the cave, when Jerry gets attacked by the `bat' from the cave, and the climax of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1997
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I think this it was relly scary and at the begining of the it was scary to the end it was such a good book that i think it should have ratings of 8
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 20, 2003
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This book is one of my favorite Goosebumps books. It keeps you guessing until the end!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 14, 2003
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Jerry and Terri visit some relitives on an island, on an island that is HAUNTED! on their trip they get bored so go outside, and meet there strange kids about their age, one day the kids dare Jerry and Terri to go into a cave that has a flickering light, the rumurs of the cave are that a 3 hundred year old ghost lives in the cave a ghost that came when the first people arrived. Jerry and Terri accept the dare and go inside, and they saw... THIS WAS A PERFECT THRILLER THAT SOULDN'T CHANGE.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 7, 2005
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Ghost Beach is such an exellent book. When I read the back of the book I was thrilled! Read to see what happens in this story. This is about two children that go to their grandparent's house. They meet three kids while they go in a cave. The kids tell them stories about a ghost that lives in the cave. One night the kids go to the beach. They meet the kids again. The kids ask them if they would help them trap the ghost. They say yes. The rest you should find out by yourself.R.L. Stine wrote this book to teach us to listen to our parents or someone who takes care of you. You should tell your friends to be truthful with each other.I loved this book so much I couldn't put it down.It wouldn't leave my hands.This is the third best book I have ever read!
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