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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Series: Goosebumps (Book 10)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439568323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439568326
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Skilpadde on March 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
Hannah discovers that a new boy has moved in next door. How could she not have noticed a moving van? Danny claims to be in her grade, yet she has never seen him in school, nor does she know his friends. He has an uncanny tendency to vanish. Is Danny a ghost?

This is one of my favourite Goosebumps. The plot is great and the story is actually touching at the end, a depth uncommon in Stine's books, and especially in Goosebumps. This book also contains 2 kids who are the most dark-minded 12-year olds I've come across in Goosebumps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 27, 2003
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"Nooooooo!" Hannahs wail echoed in the darkness that sorrounded her.Hannah has a very strange and difficult life.
Hannah got very frighten when she found out she had next door neighboors without her noticing they moved in one summer day.Hannah family wasn't there so she couldn't talk out her problems with her family about her new next door neighboor.
If I were in the character's shoes I would go home and not wander around like Hannah did.
I really enjoyed this book because I like the way R.L.Stine used alot of discrivtive words.That helped me understand the book and visualize what was going on.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes scary and horror books like this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 2, 2005
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Have you ever read the exciting book, The Ghost Next Door? After Hannah had a bad dream about a fire, her neighborhood got a little weird. She lives in Big Horn, WY. A boy moved in, but she doesn't know when he did. The house looked so deserted the day before. Hannah ponders the boy, Danny, is a ghost because he just keeps disappearing? One day, she arose from bed and went to Danny's house. She played soccer with him. She smashed the soccer ball to him, and he slipped over the ball. Hannah undertook to help him up, but her hand went right through his. Is Hannah a ghost, or is Danny a ghost? I recommend this book to all readers. This book is exciting, interesting, and weird.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Welch on January 23, 2006
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I LOVE the series Goosebumps. I think think this is the best Goosebump book I have ever read. This book is about a girl named Hannah that has nothing to do over The long boring summer because all of her friends have gone away on vacation or to summer camp. This book has the coolest lead. Hannah is supposedly having this dream that her whole house was on fire! When Hannah wakes up she went outside to get her bike. A boy crashes into her They talk for a while. He says that he moved into the house in the middle of the night. Hannah thinks it is a little strange that nobody saw him. Is Hannah being haunted by the " The Ghost Next Door?"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 15, 2007
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R.L. Stine is such a talented author and I think this is one of his best books. This book is about a girl named hannah and she meets the new boy, danny who just moved in next door to her. After Danny moves in weird things start happening that makes Hannah believe that Danny is a ghost.This book has a huge twist to. You have to read this one, it is one of the best in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 4, 2005
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My book is amazing. The Ghost Next Door is wonderful. I loved it, and so should you. The ending is a great suprise. It will give you so many chills. Read this book and figure the ending. l was so amazed with this book read it now well you have the chance. :)
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I found this story's surprise ending to be well foreshadowed from the beginning -- perhaps a bit TOO well foreshadowed, in fact. This, in combination with the picture on the front cover (which gives away FAR too much if one is sufficiently alert and thoughtful), left me in no surprise as to the book's ending, which is a great shame for a story so otherwise well-written. Also there are peripheral embellishments to the story that make little sense. For all that, however, the story is well-written and quite creepy... and if you can manage to miss the relevant clues, a big surprise awaits you at the end of the tale!
My rating of 8 is reduced from 10 due to the overshadowing problem and the minor illogicalities.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 19, 2006
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Hannah Fairchild has a new neighbor. No big deal right? Well, the problem is that when he moved in she never saw a moving truck, and she lives right next door! When Danny (the new neighbor) moved in, everything got really weird. Everytime Hannah talkes to him he dissapers. To top it all off, a strange shadow figure is following Hannah and knows her name. Can Hannah's new neighbor be the ghost next door?
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