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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
  • Series: Mostly Ghostly (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (April 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038574692X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385746922
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

R. L. Stine began his writing career when he was nine years old, and today he has achieved the position of the bestselling children’s author in history. In the early 1990s, Stine was catapulted to fame when he wrote the unprecedented bestselling Goosebumps® series, which sold more than 250 million copies and became a worldwide media phenomenon.

R.L. Stine has received numerous awards of recognition. He lives in New York, NY.

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8

Mom smiled at Colin and me. “That’s why we’re having this lovely steak dinner. To celebrate the good news.”

Good
news?

Was it good news?

Leave my friends? My school?

Start over again in a whole new place?

That’s not good news. That’s bad news.

But whoa. Wait. Hold on a minute.

No more ghosts! I could get away from those ghosts. Have a normal life.

Goodbye, Nicky and Tara. Goodbye, pests! I’m off to Texas and leaving you behind.

No way
could they ruin my life in Texas!

Colin turned to Dad. Another car crash came on the TV news. Colin had to shake Dad by the shoulders to get his attention. “You know I’ve got to work out, Dad. Keep my body fit. Will there be room in the new house for my own gym?”

Dad nodded. “Yeah. Plenty of room. Wow. That guy got rear-ended by three SUVs. His car looks like an accordion!”

Colin grinned at me. “My own gym. Max, I won’t have to use you as a punching bag anymore.” His grin grew wider. “Well . . . only sometimes.”

I wasn’t thinking about Colin’s gym. I was thinking about my new life. A life without ghosts. A life where I wouldn’t be embarrassed in front of the whole town!
The car accident report was over. Dad turned to me. “Texas will make a man out of you, Max,” he said. “You’ll learn to ride horses.”

“Horses?” I said. My voice cracked. “Horses make me sneeze. Even when I see them on TV!”

“You’ll get used to them,” Mom said softly.

“Let’s all have a lovely celebration dinner. Enjoy your steak, Maxie.”

“Hey–who let Buster in the house?” Dad shouted.

I didn’t see the big dog in time. All I saw was a blur of dark fur.

Buster leaped up and grabbed the whole steak off my plate. He gobbled it down in seconds without even chewing.

“My steak!” I cried. I stared down at the dog, who was licking his chops.

Dad tossed back his head and hee-hawed. “That dog is crazy for meat!”

I gazed at my empty plate. My stomach growled. Or was that Buster?

Mom turned to my brother. “Colin, share your steak with Max,” she said.

“I can’t,” Colin said. “Coach says I need protein.”

He sawed off a big chunk of meat, shoved it into his mouth, and chewed it in my face.

Mom let out a sigh. “Sorry, Max. There’s no more steak.” She stood up and walked to the food cabinet. She brought me a bowl and the box of Frosted Flakes. “Here. You like these.”

So I ate Frosted Flakes while everyone else ate steak.

“I’ve already put the house on the market,” Dad said. “Mr. Grimmus, my new boss, is coming all the way from Texas in a few days. He wants to meet you all. I guess he wants to check us out. Make sure I’m right for the job.”

Mom patted Dad’s hand. “Of course you’re right for the job,” she said.

Dad let out a really loud burp.

Sometimes he and Colin have burping contests. They go for loudness and for length of time. I tried to join in once, but I barfed up my entire dinner.

We all turned back to the TV. On the news, they were showing the swimming pool accident again. There I was, holding up the mayor’s pants
while he flopped and floundered in the pool.

Dad shook his head. “It’s a really good thing we’re leaving town,” he said. “I’ve met Mayor Stank. He’s not a nice man. Believe me. He holds a grudge.”

A chill gripped the back of my neck. A grudge?

I climbed the stairs to my room. I felt strange–excited and worried at the same time. I decided to practice my magic. That always calms me down.

I picked up the milk bottles I’d been working with. I’m trying to teach myself to juggle full milk bottles. I think that will be a really exciting finish to my act.

If I drop one, the bottle will shatter and milk will fly all over. It will be messy. But I don’t plan to drop any.

I started practicing with just two bottles. They were heavy and hard to toss and catch.

“How can you juggle at a time like this?” a voice said. Tara appeared beside me. She grabbed one of the bottles. “We heard everything, Max.”

Nicky appeared in front of me. “You’re moving!

What are we going to do?” he asked.

I shrugged. “Beats me.”

“You can’t move. You can’t!” Tara cried. She was tossing a milk bottle from hand to hand. I took it away from her.

“We have to wait in this house for Mom and Dad to come back,” Nicky said, pacing back and forth. “Tara and I can’t leave.”

“You’ll be safe here,” I said. “It won’t be so bad. Someone else will move in and help you. You’ll be okay.”

“But we need you, Max,” Tara said. “You’re the only one who can see and hear us.”
“You have to stop your dad,” Nicky said. “You can’t let him move your family away.”

“What can I do?” I said. “I can’t stop him. We’re moving as soon as he sells the house.”

Nicky and Tara grew silent. I could see they were thinking hard.

“Hey, you wouldn’t try anything–would you?” I asked. “You wouldn’t try to stop us from moving!”

Tara smiled at me. “Of course not, Maxie.”

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.

~

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!

~

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.

~

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.

**********

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!

~

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.

~

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!

~

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Aldrich on November 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Ghouls Gone Wild is the fifth book in the Mostly Ghostly series and here we find Max initially excited about his parents plans to sell their house and move to Texas where his father may have a new job lined up, especially after Nicky & Tara (his two live in ghost friends) get him into hot water by dunking the Mayor in the school swimming pool...on camera even. We discover (through Nicky and Tara) that there is a Ghoul (or two) running amok in the house and it's Nicky and Tara who find an old spell book and tell Max that they'll take care of it. When he realizes what great friends they are trying to be, Max knows he must do something about his parent's plan to sell the house...if you want to find out more about the Ghouls and if Max manages to succeed in sabotaging his parents, you'll have to read the book!

Overall, it's about the same as the previous in terms of what I like and dislike about this series. Max's brother is still an overbearing bully who is physically abusive (this goes beyond brotherly razzing in my opinion and I'm not all that fond of this aspect of the series), his father is also a bully, prizing brawn over brains who is generally permissive of the brothers abuse and verbally abusive himself, the mom is not much more than a doormat in these tales. Despite this, Max's character generally shines despite his clumsiness, his "helpful" ghost friends, and his torment at the hands of his brother...that is to say that he generally does the right thing and doesn't dwell on the negative things in life, and that in itself is a positive message for kids, that and the ever present message that friends (dead or alive) are always the most important thing...that you should always be ther for them!

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By so good on November 12, 2014
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What an awesome book to read. It had so much adventure in this book. I definitely recommend this book for kids, teenagers, and grown - ups. If you're reading this I've read all the books of Mostly Ghostly and I recommend this one the most.
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By Justin's_girl_2006 on April 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
i love it when nicky and tare say the ghouls in max's house stuck themselves to their faces and tried to smother them with their big, blobby bodies! But the gouls are really nicky and tare the whole time!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
this book is about this boy named max and he find this to ghost named nicky and tara. The two ghoss who live with. They need him. HE's the only one who can help them become real kids again!

But Max has another problem right now. A figure dressed in black, with a face hidden in. It's a boy or is it? That's what Max needs to know, because this shadowy figure is following Max. Watching him. waiting for him. this book is also a great book for all ages. For example onev of the exciting parts are when max has to give speech to his class mates and messes thing up. He does not realy mess it up on his own it was the help of the ghost friends. The main plot would be that they have to figure out who is the misyrious figure is.
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