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The 13th Warning Paperback – April 13, 2012
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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.
More About the Author
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!
Top Customer Reviews
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.
THE 13TH WARNING
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.
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.
"But only the black cat
turned back. And it
opened its mouth in
on last frightening
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good read. It was short but good. I would lose my mind if I had to spend all day worried about too many thirteens. I'm glad I'm not superstitiousPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I thought it was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!😄😺💖💋 Hope I am not afraid of 13 now! I will NOT get 13 13s ever!!!!Published 1 month ago by Suzie Skinner
I am 10 years old. The last part was confusing to me. Good book otherwise. It was quick to read.Published 1 month ago by eladio
I like the book but I think it can use a better end to make it feel finish but the rest is pretty good love this book can't wait to read morePublished 3 months ago by Justin sapala
My son is starting to read chapter books....and tis the season....this was his first R.L. Stine book!!!!Published 5 months ago by John Archuleta
A very nice book. It's interesting and full of suspense. I recommend this book to people who love a little mystery.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is an amazing book I read it for 2days and I completed it and that ending that ending was amazingPublished 6 months ago by Saige