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The 13th Warning [Kindle Edition]

R.L. Stine , Tim Jacobus
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Book Description

Joseph has always had such good luck that his nickname is Lucky. Tomorrow, he is going to turn thirteen on the thirteenth of the month. He’s the thirteenth child in a family with thirteen kids…and both of his parents are also thirteenth children. With so many thirteens, his luck is bound to run out!

An old man and a woman with a black cat visit Lucky to warn him that he has too many thirteens in his life. And if he collects thirteen thirteens by midnight on his birthday, he’ll unleash evil spirits. Almost as soon as the old man and the woman leave, the bad luck begins. And the thirteens just keep coming: the thirteen doughnuts his teacher gives him, the thirteen he scores on his pop math quiz, the thirteen barks from his normally quiet dog. Now Lucky is driving himself crazy adding up everything he comes across. Can he break the curse of thirteen in time? Clever and fun, The 13th Warning is certain to spook young readers.

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About the Author

R.L. (Robert Lawrence) Stine is one of the best-selling children's authors in history. His Goosebumps series, along with such series as Fear Street, The Nightmare Room, Rotten School, and Mostly Ghostly have sold nearly 400 million books in this country alone. And they are translated into 32 languages.

The Goosebumps TV series was the top-rated kids’ series for three years in a row. R.L.’s TV movies, including The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It and Mostly Ghostly, are perennial Halloween favorites. And his scary TV series, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, is in its second season on The Hub network.

R.L. continues to turn out Goosebumps books, published by Scholastic. In addition, his first horror novel for adults in many years, titled Red Rain, will be published by Touchstone books in October, 2012.

R.L. says that he enjoys his job of “scaring kids.” But the biggest thrill for him is turning kids on to reading.

R.L. lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, an editor and publisher, and King Charles Spaniel, Minnie. His son, Matthew, is a sound designer and music producer.

Product Details

  • File Size: 690 KB
  • Print Length: 77 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (April 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076NL8M8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelmed July 19, 2013
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Lucky has always had good fortune with the number 13. On the eve of his 13th birthday he receives a warning that if he gets thirteen 13s, a great evil is going to come for him. Too bad that he was born on the 13, his house number is 13, and everything inn his life revolves around the number 13.

I am quite underwhelmed by these R.L. Stine books. I was a big fan as a teenager. I still find myself reading some of the Fear Street books again. This book, The 13th Warning, is aimed at a younger audience, 6th grade and up. The book is short (about 76 pages) and very easy to read. The plot, the narration, dialogue and just about everything is VERY simple. Extremely. Overly simplistic. At age 9, I was reading far more complex books in English (which is not even my first language). The horror in this book is not that scary, so I do not think it will scare children. Some kids are reading Harry Potter by this age, sometimes even earlier.

I think I accidentally read the book by flipping through it. That is how short it is. This books, and others like it by this author, are good for children that are just getting into reading. If you child reads at a higher grade than he or she is in, he/she will get bored. This one doesn't have the best plot or action either.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Short and shallow July 13, 2013
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If you are looking for a typical Stine book stay away from this one. It is about half the length of a regular Goosebump book and about half the depth as well. My kids are normally big RL Stine fans but they did not enjoy this one at all. It's not a bit scary so kids looking for a scary read will be disappointed and kids that dislike scary books will most likely be turned off by the cover which infers that it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars QUICK FUN READ FOR LITTLE KIDS July 17, 2013
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I have always been a huge R.L. Stine fan ever since the very first "Goosebumps" book was released. I went on to get every book in that series as well as his other works like the "Fear Street" series. So when I noticed this was available I had to get it. It had been a while since I have read one of Stine's works so I had to get it.

The story follows a boy called Lucky who by all accounts is just that, lucky. He is the 13th child of two 13th children themselves and is getting ready to turn 13. All is well and going great for Lucky until he and his sister open the door for three creepy visitors. A man, woman, and black cat are there to greet them and give them a warning. That warning is do not collect thirteen 13's before your birthday is over or they will be coming for you. Of course despite them being very creepy they do not take the warning very serious. That is of course until they notice 13's popping up everywhere and Lucky's luck not being so lucky. So as they add up that means he is ever closer to the dark ones coming for him.

I found this to be a very fun read and my little cuz loved it and thought it was creepy. She is seven and I think that this book is perfect for those around that age range. It is short enough to keep them interested and creepy enough for little kids. I think this would be a perfect book for kids like that so I would recommend it. As for older kids it may be a little too tame but even as an adult I thought it was fun. I liked that Stine did an intro explaining how the idea came to him, that was cool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic high interest story for children August 29, 2013
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When you read enough of the R.L. Stine books, the introductions begin to feel a little like the Masterpiece theatre they used to play on Sunday afternoon TV. It's kind of like Alistair Cooke might or might not have been talking about what you were about to see. And it might or might not be good.

The Thirteenth Warning is given to the 13th child, named Lucky, who was born to two parents who were also the thirteenth children in their respective families. Up until his thirteenth birthday, it was all supposed to be good luck, not bad, hence the name, Lucky.

R;L Stine books are fairly predictable and generally survivable - by the protagonist and the reader.

These books are essentially very short novels that have been dragged out as far as they can be. I almost said short story but the only rule I know of for a short story is that something needs to have an effect on the protagonist. The children in these books are the same at the end of the story and could have the same experience the next day without actually learning anything from it or doing anything differently.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky # 13 November 29, 2006
A Kid's Review
The 13th Warning keeps you on your toes.You never know whats happens next. It starts with a boy that everyone called Lucky.One day he became not so lucky.a man and lady tell him not to get 13 trhirteens. If he does the evil spirts wiil come to take him. If you like mysteries, this book will chill you spine.

"But only the black cat

turned back. And it

opened its mouth in

on last frightening

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3.0 out of 5 stars Beware the Thirteen June 20, 2013
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THE 13TH WARNING is a part of a newer, untitled series of books from R.L. Stine that are written in a style similar to his "Goosebumps" books. Most of the chapters in these books end on a cliffhanger and there is usually some sort of twist at the end of each story. The biggest difference between these books and "Goosebumps" books are that they are much shorter. For instance, THE 13TH WARNING only has 76 pages and most Goosebumps books have between 120-150 pages. Also, the stories in this "series" aren't and official series and the only thing that connects them to each other is their relatively short length and that they are written by R.L Stine.

THE 13TH WARNING revolves around a boy named Joseph. Despite the connotation that thirteen is an unlucky number, Joseph has always been extremely lucky. He's the thirteenth child from two parents who are also both thirteenth children. On the eve before his thirteen birthday, Joseph is visited by an old man and woman with a black cat and is warned that if he collects thirteen thirteens in his life before the end of his thirteenth birthday, he will unleash evil spirits. Joseph's luck changes from amazing to bad right after the old man and woman leave and he becomes paranoid. With the help of his sister, he determines not to "collect" any more thirteens until his birthday is over. Can Joseph break the curse of the thirteens and prevent the unleashing of evil and doom?

Personally, I found THE 13TH WARNING to be a little lackluster. I thought the idea was interesting and I liked the team up of Joseph with his sister. However, since the book is so short, it lacked some of the tension and buildup I have when reading some of Stine's other works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Thanks for writing this article it was a good book and left me wondering what will happen next thanks for writing this
Published 5 days ago by Buffy Stigall
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for tweens!
Quick, easy read. I understand why these books are so popular with the younger kids. Not scary, really, but with a good mysterious ending.
Published 7 days ago by Debra Greenwood
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book :)
This book is definitally one of Stines less scary books but definitally worth it and I think you should at least give it a sample.
Published 7 days ago by Robin Levey
5.0 out of 5 stars I like the book,to me it wasn't scary.
I love this book but you see I'm not afraid of anything. I love the goosebumps series. I think this book should be read by everyone.
Published 12 days ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars SHORT AND SIMPLE
I cannot see why you would read this except is you are in a speed reading is too short and too simple. It is hardly even scary. DO NOT GET
Published 23 days ago by teachersteph
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative
This book is very creative. Full of the darkness that send a chill down your spine while you still want more.:)
Published 1 month ago by mar1ah
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
My nine year of daughter really liked this book. She says she would have given it 5 stars but she wanted the end to keep going.
Published 3 months ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very scary book.
I liked the ending because Lucky defeated the monster by breaking another plate which then made him collect twelve thirteen"s but then Lucky"s alarm clock had rung thirteen times... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marilyn Beltran
4.0 out of 5 stars My son really enjoyed this book
My son really enjoyed this book. He has a hard time staying interested. He is 8 and read this book in 2 days. Every spare second he had was spent reading. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever !
l love this book because it adds a big boo at the end and it inspired me to write my own but it's really short so short I read it in just one hour! Read more
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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...


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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