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Hide and Shriek and Who's Been Sleeping in My Grave?: Twice Terrifying Tales (R.L. Stine's Ghosts of Fear Street) Paperback – August 25, 2009

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The ghosts of Fear Street -- they'll haunt you forever!

Do you believe in ghosts? Don't say no until you take a walk down Fear Street. Past the woods -- where no birds sing. Past the lake -- where something lurks beneath the water. Past the cemetery -- where everyone is dying to meet you.

The cemetery. That's where Randy Clay has been invited for a game of hide-and-seek -- with a ghost. If the ghost tags her, Randy will lose more than the game. She'll become the newest ghost on Fear Street. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

R.L. Stine invented the teen horror genre with Fear Street, the bestselling teen horror series of all time. He also changed the face of children’s publishing with the mega-successful Goosebumps series, which Guinness World Records cites as the Bestselling Children’s Books ever, and went on to become a worldwide multimedia phenomenon. He lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, and their dog, Nadine.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: R.L. Stine's Ghosts of Fear Street
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Bind-Up edition (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416991344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416991342
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,790 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
Have you ever heard of a town where people play hide-and-go-seek for a dead little boy once a year? In the book Hide and Shriek by R.L. Stine a girl named Randy moves to a strange town on a street called Fear Street. Randy goes to school and sees a poster that says something about a boy's birthday. She heard many other students talking about the birthday. Her friend told her that they celebrate a boy named Pete's birthday once a year. All of the children in the town gather together and play a game of hide and seek.
Randy had to watch her little sister one night and saw a strange boy at the window and then he disappeared. Next Randy went to sleep over and asked her friends who Pete was. Her friends told her that Pete was a little boy who died and loved to play hide and seek. Her friend told her that you would play hide and seek on his birthday and in the woods at night. They told her that Pete's ghost would try to catch somebody and take over their body for a whole year. Randy thought that the strange boy was the person Pete had caught.
When the big day came almost every child in town came. Randy started to run and heard footsteps so she ran up a tree. She felt breathing on her neck and saw the strange boy. Randy ran to the cemetery and the boy followed. She saw Pete's grave and he told Randy he would take over her body. Little ghost children came and put Pete back in his grave forever. Randy and the strange boy were shocked and wondered if Pete would return again and take over someone else's body.
Will Pete play again? You have to read this book because you will be on the edge of your seat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 20, 2002
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Randi is in trouble. In the book, Randi has just moved to Shadyside. When she comes, everyone is talking about someone named Pete. At first, Randi thinks he's the popular kid in school until she hears the stories about Pete's disapearence and how every year he takes someone's body. And how he likes new kids. Then the only advice she can give to new kids is to tell them "He's gonna get you". That is if she can survive the year where she'll eat worms?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 1999
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It has been the the best book I ever read . This book was about a new girl in town. Someone in shool told her about a kid named Peter they said that each year on his birth day he would come and take over a body specialy new people . Will he get her?
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Synopsis: Its Randy Clay's first day in Shadyside Middle School and she notices something strange about the place. For one thing, she sees `Saturday, June 10th' circled in the school bulletin board calendar that says "18 more days till Pete's Birthday". Even though she makes new friends in school like Sara, Megan and David, there are still a few girls like Laura and Maggie who make her feel unwelcomed, and she feels everyone staring at her, even though she cannot imagine why. She notices everyone making a big deal about Pete's birthday but she has no idea who Pete is.

Later, at Sara's sleepover, Randy finds out that Pete is really a ghost who plays hide and seek with the kids in the Fear Street woods on June 10th every year. Each year, he takes someone's body to live in for one year, and the following year, he switches to someone else's body from playing hide and seek with them, and he prefers new kids like Randy to go after. The girls tell Randy that it is just a myth and the event is treated more like a ritual now, where kids go to the woods on June 10th just for fun to play the game, and those who don't go are considered chicken by their peers. However, Randy feels that there is some truth to the story and is scared to go play the game.

Randy also starts noticing a boy named Lucas standing outside her locker, asking her for lunch because she is the `new kid'. Later in the gym, when the boys and girls have to learn how to square dance, Lucas choose Randy as his partner. Moreover, as she is walking past the cemetery to go back home, she sees Lucas crouched near one of the graves lowering a fat purple worm towards his mouth. When she is babysitting her little sister Baby, she suddenly sees Lucas staring at her from outside the window.
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No. Really... no. This book lacks the charm of the original Goosebumps books, and the concepts aren't exactly fresh or even fun.

I wanted to like this book. I'm a fan of Stine's early Goosebumps stories, as silly and preposterous as they were.

The "Fear Street" stories seem to be a series written to fulfill a publishing contract, and that's all. The plotting is lackluster. The characters are okay (I don't expect much depth from these books) but I didn't really care what happened to them.

All in all, if you want to read the best of Stine, go back to the original Goosebumps series, especially the earliest ones. The writing may not be as polished, but the energy and humor in them is still charming and fun.

This book just didn't deliver what I expected, and -- if it was written to complete a publishing contract that dragged on, far too long -- Mr. Stine has my sympathy.
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By A Customer on July 6, 2000
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I've read just about every single book in the Ghosts of FearStreet series, and still none of them can top the first tale from thisFear Street knock-off. Author Emily James did a great job with her characters, twisting them all up into a great plot, all the ingredients for a masterpiece. Brilliantly represented and plot twists you were never expecting. By the time Hide and Shriek II came out, I had stopped reading the series, long believing it to be dead. I picked it up anyway, and it definitely didn't live up to what I was hopeing for from such a great first. Hide and Shriek is a must-read for anyone who likes horror. And I bet you'll think twice before playing hide-and-seek in the dark again.
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