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The Haunted Mask II (Goosebumps) Paperback – October 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590568736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590568739
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,291 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!

Customer Reviews

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Skilpadde on March 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
Steve will never forget the mask Carly Beth used last Halloween. The coach of an unruly football team of first graders, he decides he'll scare the kids good on Halloween. He makes the reluctant Carly Beth tell him where she got her mask.
Steve gets a scary mask showing an old man with spiders in his hair. He puts it on but immediately he starts feeling so tired and old. Anyone who has read the haunted mask 1 knows how hard it is to get it off.

The theme may be too weird for some, but the story is good. I also liked how the story is set in the same universe as The haunted mask 1, yet the main character is one of her friends. It's a refreshing take on a sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By janice swinford on February 25, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My daughter enjoyed this book, but did not like how it ended. She felt a little let down at the end, but otherwise loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Landers on February 22, 2008
Format: Audio Cassette Verified Purchase
These audio books help children that are having trouble with the written word. I also use them in the car, so each trip we hear more of the story. The kids love them and I think it makes them interested in reading.
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By A Customer on June 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
When Steve put on the mask,he became an old man and started walking around,and according to what I've read,he didn't scare anybody at all(except his mom,who got scared-a little) and this book,as I've written above,just isn't as good as the other R.L Stine Goosebumps books.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharee on March 13, 2001
Format: Library Binding
This book was disappointing. I would rank the book a 2 out of 5. The story is about kids playing jokes on each other. The jokes would be to scare each other. The main person in the story is Steve. Steve coaches the first grade soccer team for Walnut Avenue Middle School. He was trying to scare his friends. I did not find this book to be scary. Younger students in 5-8th grade might find it more interesting.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 1996
Format: Paperback
Dan Dowding, age 10
The haunted mask 2 wasn't as good as the haunted mask 1 because when he put on the mask, he didn't do that much; he just scared a little kid and got real old and cramped his bones.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
The book The Haunted Mask 2 was the dumbest book I have ever read. If I were a person looking for a book to read I am going to skip the Goosebumps isle and go to something in a totaly different isle.
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