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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Goosebumps (Book 59)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Reprint edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439774756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439774758
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,744 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.

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!

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This book was probably R.L. Stine's best book (at least his best Goosebumps book).
Cony
This is a great book, though it is easy reading and is directed at younger to middle school kids, olde kids(lik me!)and adults can enjoy it too!!!
Liolania
I purchased this for my 8 year old grand daughter loves to read and loves the goosebumps series.
Colleen C. Jones Maldonado

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
I think 'The Haunted School' is a really good book. It's not all that scary, but it's pretty great and keeps your interest. This one is about Tommy Frazer. His dad just got remarried; now he's got a new mom, and they moved to a new town so he's also got a new home and school. He winds up at Bell Middle School, which at first seems to be a normal school. He meets two kids, and wants desperately to impress them so maybe he can become friends with them. Then, when he signs up for the school's dance commitee, he starts to hear strange noises - like kids calling for help - as he gets some cans of paint. Then, weirder things start happening when he and the boy he made friends with find a room after getting into an elevator that goes sideways instead of up and down, with statutes of kids from the first class of Bell Middle School. They even enter an all gray world where everything - and everyone - are gray! Are all the gray children ghosts? Well, there's only one way to find out...! Read this book!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Liolania on November 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is by far my favorite Goosebumps book and one of my fav books of all time... It has a great story and creates a creepy and mysterious atmosphere.
So Tommy Frazer is the new kid at Bell Valley Middle School. He hates his new town and stepmom. The school okay, but he hasn't made really any friends because all the cliques have their friends and stuff. So he joins the dance decorations comittee to make some new friends. He makes two friends a practical joker named Ben and Thalia a delicate beauty who obesesses over her make-up 24/7. On his one of the days on dance comittee while making banners Ben forgot to get red paint so Tommy volunteers to get it. Hoping to impress Thalia and not a make a fool of himself. Unfortenately for him, he hardly knows the maze of a school and get's completely lost. He soon finds himself at a boarded up doorway. He sees a door and opens it thinks he's seeing real people. But turns on a pale light and find that they are just statues. Odd look statues from the class of '47. He is caught by the principle and led to the art room and Ben makes a fool of him for losing his way.
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This is a great book, though it is easy reading and is directed at younger to middle school kids, olde kids(lik me!)and adults can enjoy it too!!!
God Bless ~Amy
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cassius on June 23, 2005
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I think this is one of the better Goosebumps books. I've read all but 6 of them, and this one is defintly not like the others. It's more mysterious and mind-teasing than the others. It is by far not as realistic as some of the others, but it is still good and worth a read, especially if you've read most of the Goosebumps. Well, I don't want to spoil the book for you, so that's all I can say without telling you any of the story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Toro on July 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book was amazing. It started off with these 3 normal kids working on a dance for the dance comittee. They ran out of paint so Ben had to go get some...on the thrid floor. Then when Ben went to get the paint he ran into a gray figure named Greta. He ran away but ran into a wrong room. He found aa bunch of statues of children that were from the 40s, and someone named Mrs. Broadan. She explained that 25 kids disappeared because someone named Mr. Chameleon took a picture of them, then vanished into thin air. Then Ben finally finds his way to his friends. He explains what happened. Then later on a girl named Thailia was putting lipstick on, but Greta stole it from her and Thalia started to get mad. Ben went back to the thrid floor with his friend only to get stuck in a dimension with the 25 missing children who were all gray. They got there from an elevator that went sideways. They said the same thing Mrs. Broadan said. Ben turned gray and so did his friend. He jumped out the window with his friend and these colorless figures tried to push them into a pit, but they escaped. They finally cracked open the elevator doors and were safe. They returned to the dance with his friend then they were going to take a picture. Mrs. Broadan said "Take the picture Mr. Chameleom." THen Ben thought about the name for a second and said " WAIT!!!" but it was too late. The picture was taken.

i TOTALLY recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was an awesome goosebumps. This book was about a boy named tommy and he just moved to a new school.His new school is so big that its easy for him to get lost in and thats what happens one day. When he gets lost in the school he hears kids voices crying for help.To find out what else happens you have to read this book.This is one great book you will have to read in this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1998
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Tommy and his friend, Ben, were curious when they found an abandoned elevator in their school. The elevator led them to a gray mysterious world which doesn't have any colors, just plain gray. They were trapped in there. More exciting things happens to them when you read along the story. So BUY this book and you'll never regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 31, 2002
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This book is really exciting and mysterius, but not scary! It`s about a boy who gets a new adress, school, and mother.IT`S JUST SO EXCIING THAT I DONT WANT TO GIVE ANY OF IT AWAY!! This is by far the best Goosebumps book I have ever read. PLEASE get this book. I`m pretty sure you won`t regret it!!!!
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