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Product Details

  • Series: Dangerous Girls (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (August 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060530820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060530822
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up-As this story opens, Destiny and Livvy are completing their summer jobs as camp counselors. Their mother committed suicide only months before, and they found the camp a healing environment. Little did they know that one of the other counselors, a mysterious and very handsome young man with an Italian accent, would be the cause of much tragedy and distress for the twins in upcoming weeks. While at camp, Renz had drawn each teen away, revealed his true identity, and then sucked her blood. His ritual was interrupted with Destiny, however, and she did not reciprocate, making her a neophyte. Renz then followed her home to await the full moon and another opportunity, but animals and even some of the twins' friends turn up dead while he waits-all of their blood completely drained from their bodies. This is standard fare for Stine-short chapters each ending with a hook, very little character development, and predictable story lines. There are a few surprises, but nothing particularly innovative. However, teens will immediately gravitate to the teenage girls on the cover and the enticing title, and Stine's many fans will be satisfied.
Kimberly L. Paone, Elizabeth Public Library, NJ
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

“A fast and breezy vampire tale punctuated with a few nasty shocks.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Stine’s many fans will be satisfied.” (School Library Journal)

More About the Author

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!

Customer Reviews

Read it all day and night, kept me on the edge of my sit and i just enjoyed it to the fullest,!
yazmine castaneda
The novel "Dangerous Girls" is highly recommended for anyone who enjoy the paranormal and fantasy creatures such as, in this case, vampires.
Katarina Solvberg Mo
I haven't read R.L. Stine's books for a few years, so when I found out about this one I knew I had to read it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on December 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
Destiny and Livvy were camp counselors. On their last night of camp they are bitten by one of the other councillors. For some reason they do not remember the event or even the existence of the councillor. Counselor Renz has a reason for targeting the twins. He believes on of hem is his long-lost love.

As the new school year begins at Summer's end, the sisters notice the marks on their necks. They are quick to speculate what it could mean and soon come to the conclusion that there is a chance they will turn into vampires. Soon they become overly sensitive to the sun. People begin to get killed. Renz makes an appearance in town although the girls do not remember him.

Who is behind the killings? Is there a way to halt the transformation? Are there really vampire slayers? What are Renz's plans? All of the questions and others get answered although some of those answers raise more questions as well as pave the way for the sequel.

Quick short chapters move the story along very quickly and the reader is kept guessing what is really going on. As the book ended I was sorry I had not waited to get the sequel first (my usual habit). Now I have to wait for the next one. Storywise this one seems to fall somewhere between Stine's usual YA books and his more adult stories. This is not a typical vampire tale.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rae Livingston on August 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. I couldn't stop once I got started. I read a lot and this was one of the better fantisy books I've read in a while. It's especally good if you aren't in the mood to be thrilled to death. I was weary of reading an R. L. Stine book due to I remember Fear Street vividly. I loved Dangerous Girls.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A dark, compelling tale which Stine is famous for. I enjoyed this book, the writing style reminded me of my favorite author, Sherry A Mauro and her paranormal-romance novel, Even Angels Fall with an especially suspenseful final twist to the ending, just like the Stine novels. I look forward to reading more books by each of these engaging storytellers!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa on December 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The cover and selection on the back made this book look extreamely promising. The book first begins to strain at the very begining at the summer camp. All the girls were drooling over Renz who is modeled after the millions of carbon copy vampires. Livvy and Destiny are also the carbon copy vampire prey. Livvy's advanced symptoms and odd behavior are more than enough to stir the reader's sixth sense of what will happen but the constant reminder of how different they are will no doubt give it away to many readers.
The actual change to being a vampire was poorly written even though it was the main focus of the book. Even though the coach and his wife added a lot to the novel the completely unbelievable plotline involving the vampire hunters and the father's blunt charecterization and the obvious plotline with the father's project and the blood drained animals takes more from the book than it had to begin with.
The coach's wife's obvious hints takes away from whatever hope of irony or a plot twist the most readers will have left in them. And the setting is terrible along with the friends who seem to have little purpose in the book and die without anyone really caring and the petty squable between the girls over the one friend is enough to make even the most squemish reader want them to die a horrible gory death.
If you want a good vampire novel I'd suggest Anne Rice for the older folk and Artwater-Rhodes for teens and Darren Shan for the younger ones and older since he is very good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you like to read mysterious and thrilling books you have got to read "Dangerous Girls" written by R.L. Stine. It is about twin girls, Destiney and Livvey, who are about 18 years old. They sign up to be on camp council. So they spend the summer watching little kids at Camp Blue Moon. The girls meet a 19 year old named Renz. He is the kind of guy who all the girls fall over. Two of those girls are Livvey and Destiney. Destiney is sort of shy so she doesn't talk to Renz much. But her sister Livvey talks to him 24/7. Destiney sees Renz looking at her, so on the last day of camp she went to a camp fire party after the kids left. There Renz was talking to all the girls especially Livvey. After the party Renz took all the girls When Renz takes Destiney on a walk they go into the woods. Destiney comes to like him and they kiss. But what Destiney doesn't know is that Renz is about 500 years to old for her. When Destiney and her sister realize this they become bloodthirsty for revenge.

Something I really love about this book is that has so many different twists and turns. At one moment you think every thing is okay then you turn around and you think it's the end of the world. Something that I don't like very well about this story is how it talks about the people in the story. The story doesn't describe the way the people look.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the best I have every read in my whole life! I had always been a R.L. Stine fan for as long as I can remeber. (The first book I read of R.L.Stines was one of his fear street books: Night games) anyway, I never knew about this book untill my friend was reading it and I asked her about it. After she let me borow the book I finished it in 1 day without putting it down. The suspence was killing me in the whole book and I just kept on reading. It may look like a VERY LONG book at first glance, but when u start reading it it feels like the book is not that long. Thats how I felt anyway. I give this book a 5 out of 5 because it is one of the best books I have every read. Oh and also read the 2nd dangerous girls (taste of the night) which is out now, that one is great 2. I hope there is a 3rd one out soon. ^_^ I sujest this book at any R.L. Stine fans ^_^ like me! ^__________^ Bye!!!!
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