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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3rd - 6th
  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions; 1ST edition (April 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612183301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612183305
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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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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Customer Reviews

I really like the r.l. Stine's series + all the shows too.
don macdonald
It's kind of like Alistair Cooke might or might not have been talking about what you were about to see.
TroubleMaker
I would definitely recommend this book to any young reader.
R. J. Sand

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Morrigan Alexandros VINE VOICE on 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 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TheLastCoyote VINE VOICE on 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 A Kid's Review on November 29, 2006
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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

hiss."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TroubleMaker VINE VOICE on 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.

--Gertrude
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fmwaalex VINE VOICE on July 17, 2013
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R.L. STINE
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.
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By L. O'Selmo on June 24, 2014
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My 9 year old enjoyed this very much. Nice twist at the end. Great for kids who ate not avid readers.
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As usual, Mr. Stine grabs me again with one of his books. I can never get enough of them. I wonder if Mr. Stine has a set of these books for sale.
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