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The Beast from the East (Goosebumps, No. 43) Paperback – May 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 330L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590568809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590568807
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

R.L. Stine's books have sold more than 300 million copies, making him one of the most popular children's authors in history. Besides Goosebumps, R.L. Stine has written series including: Fear Street, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Dangerous Girls. R.L. Stine lives in New York with his wife, Jane, and his King Charles spaniel, Minnie. www.RLStine.com.
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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...

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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!

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book, unlike any other Goosebumps book, has a assortment of delightful mini adventures, sure to please even the most ignorant non-readers.

This book is about three children, who are all siblings. On a family camping trip they get lost in the woods, where they meet huge gruesome beast that want to play a deadly game of tag. The winners get to stay alive. Thus, the losers get eaten.

If you want horror, humor, and drama all in one book, then I strongly suggest that you purchase this extraordinary masterpeice. Farthermore, it opens the mind to a whole new world of endless possibilities.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 24, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Beast from the East is an awesome book. When I was reading it, I felt like I was there, escaping from all the dangers of the woods with Ginger Wald and her identical twin brothers, Nat and Pat. While on a picnic, Ginger's parents tell her, Nat, and Pat to go into the woods and explore for a while. So they do. After a long time, they get lost, and have no clue which way to go. While talking about getting back to their camp site, they find a GIGANTIC footprint and the ground suddenly starts to shake. That forces them to hide behind some of the strange-looking plants. Then, they meet the blue, furry, beasts. They seem friendly....sort of. They want to play a game similar to tag. But in the game, if you're It when it ends......you get eaten. The ending of the book is creepy. R.L. Stine sure knows how to write a book. I didn't want to put it down. I know that a lot of kids will really, REALLY enjoy this great Goosebumps book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 3, 2008
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i love this book so much the ending is so funny i love when there is another beast called squierll dog
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 12, 2005
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The Beast From The East is a wonderful book! She gets lost in WY. They live in Rapid, SD. Ginger is a ten year old girl that gets lost in the woods with her brothers, Pat and Nat. She meets some beasts called Fleg, Spork, and Gleeb, and they play a game. If you're it in the end , you get fried. Fleg and the other beasts went to hide. Nat and Ginger had to find them. Finally they saw a beast and they went to find it. But he was not there. What will they do? This book is for all readers because the words are easy. "This book is good,"I think.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Liolania on November 25, 2001
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This is in my opinion, one of the best Goosebump books written in the 61 book series. Its suspensefull,interesting, and a great plot!!! What more can you ask for? Blue furry monsters???ehehe
Ginger Wald is a 12yr girl who is camping in the woods with her two nature loving parents and her twin brothers who are hyperactive time bombs.
While playing hide-n-go-seek Ginger and her brothers get lost in the forest, they try to find their way back but soon find themselves in a very strange looking forest full of blue umblella trees,bunnies with razor sharp teeth,and other weird plant life.
They soon find themselves being hunted down by large blue bearlike animals with beady black eyes,thick blue fur,sharp teeth, and a big appetite.
They are soon forced the play a game called "The Beast from the East" a tag-like game in which whoever is the beast from the east at the end loses(In this case the humans get eaten). The main rules are simple stay alive until sunset. Simple enough right?
So to find out the rest of this awesome story READ THE BOOK!!!
God Bless ~Amy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By scott on May 3, 2013
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This was my fav goosebumps book when I was a kid. I looked for my old copy but could not find it so I bought a new one for my niece and nephew to read and they both loved it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "markmstar4" on September 7, 2001
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This book kept me getting more and more goosebumps every time I read a chapter it made me want to write my the sequel to the beast from the east R.L.Stine wrote this book very superb.Its the best out of the whole goosebump series.I recomend this book to anyone who loves goosebumps.R.l.Stine is the best!!!
Hes #1!!!
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Ginger Wald has to go on a camping trip with her Mom, Dad and her twin brothers Nat and Pat. Nat and Pat look so much alike they confuse each other. Then when they go exploring they get lost in a weird part of the jungle. The grass is yellow, the bushes are purple and the trees are like skyscrapers. Then they meet the beasts tall blue furry creatures with small eyes. They want Ginger to play a game like Tag, except the losers get eaten.

Stand on the free lunch square and you get eaten. Get yourself wrapped around by snakes and thats double snake eyes you get twenty points. If you get bitten you get awarded a triple hisser which is worth sixty points.Touch the penalty rock and you get thrown a cage to be eaten later. If you get yellow, blue and orange colors on your hand, which are called Nubloff colors, then you are awarded fifty points.

Will Ginger defeat the beasts in their crazy game? Read The Beast from the East and you'll find out.
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