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About the Author

R.L. Stine invented the teen horror genre with Fear Street, the bestselling teen horror series of all time. He also changed the face of children’s publishing with the mega-successful Goosebumps series, which Guinness World Records cites as the Bestselling Children’s Books ever, and went on to become a worldwide multimedia phenomenon. He lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, and their dog, Nadine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; First Edition edition (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671529625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671529628
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,401,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Josh on April 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
Emma Naylor and her best friend Sydney Shue have always shared their secrets with each other. Now, the two girls have a huge secret to share. They've found a bag of money with enough cash to make them the richest girls in Shadyside. They promise not to tell anyone, but Sydney can't resist telling her boyfriend, Jason. Emma's worried, though. She doesn't trust Jason. She's sure he'll do anything to get his hands on that money...even kill.
I love this Fear Street book! This one will definitely stick with me for a long time. I barely manage to read books from cover to cover in one day, but I did it with this one. Anyway, there were a lot of creepy twists in this book. Especially in the end. The ending makes you go like: "Whoa! I didn't see that coming!" Although it's not the best Fear Street, it's still a pretty good one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrea VINE VOICE on August 10, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A rich girl who doesn't financially need to work, but only works so that she knows what it is like to have to work, and a poor girl who has to work find a bag of money. The rich girl doesn't need the money, but the poor wants it. They decide to hold it for a while and if nobody claims it, they'll keep it. The suspense is very thrilling, because you don't know if anybody will claim it or not. And I'm not going to tell because you have to read the book yourself and I don't want to ruin it for anyone.

I've read many R.L. Stine Fear Street Books, and even though they are all good, this book is one of the better ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1998
Format: Paperback
The Rich girl is about two girls, Emma and Sydney, who find a bag stuffed with money in a dumpster in New York City. Sydney's boyfriend Jason, found out about it, and tried to steal it. Jason felt that the only way he could get half of the money would be to kill Emma. A couple of days later, Emma and Jason were walking down the stairs and Jason pushed her. She fell and Landed on her head. Jason felt so terrible about what he had done, he fixed Emma's car. He fixed it so well, she almost died again. He'd cut her brake lines. Emma and Jason had a plan to make Sydney crazy. They did this because they knew that she would go to the police and they couldn't let her do that. This is a great book. It is suspenceful and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. For example, Jason came to sydney's house after Emma hit him with a shovel. He came pretending to be dead, and tried to kill her. The characterization was wonderful too. There were bad things about the book too. Sometimes there was very little detail, like when R.L. Stein was describing Emma. Other times, he used way to much detail, like when he described how Emma killed Jason with a shovel and a rock. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery, suspence and adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
The 'Rich Girl' is one of the best story that R L stine wrote. I loved it so much I couldn't put it down. The cover has a handbag which made me think it will be a little boring. But remember, don't judge the book by its cover.

It starts off when a teenager named Sydney and Emma found a handbag full of cashes. Both of them promised each other that they will not tell someone else. Then they hid the handbag under the ground. But Sydney told her boyfriend Jason about it. Then horrible things happened. Emma suspects Jason and Sydney started to suspect him too. Then those two had an idea. They decided that they will share the money equally. But Jason seemed to want the whole money. So Emma killed him. But he sort of haunted them.

The beginning was sort of boring but the rest was cool. I was surprised at the end when I knew the answer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jade Madigan on June 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
I recommend this book to basically anyone who is looking for a quick and good read. The plot is interesting and involving and you will find yourself hooked to the book. The book reveals the evils of money when two best friends, Sydney and Emma, find a bag full of money. They both promise to bury it somewhere and split it between the two later and made a pact to never tell anyone about it. Well, Sydney breaks the pact and reveals all to her boyfriend, Jason. Suddenly bad things start to happen and Emma believes that Jason is responsible. She thinks that Jason wants to kill her so that he could have a say to the money. This book is filled with surprises in the end. A real twister to the story, characteristic of R.L stine's other fear street books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "maximumed" on January 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
The Rich Girl was an excellent book about a girl named Emma and her best friend Sydney. One day they find a bag of money, and they swear not to tell anyone. But Sydney breaks her promise and tells her boyfriend. Emma and Sydney's boyfriend have never really gotten along, so it's not surprising that Emma suspects him when strange, potentially fatal accidents begin to happen to her. Before Emma can figure out who is responsible for these horrible things, a number of bizarre incidents happen to her that will keep your mind boggling with the suspense! This book is definitely worth reading, so what are you waiting for?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
I read this book a long time ago and while browsing for other books, came across it. I remember how much I loved this book. R.L. Stine really suspenses his writings and keeps you wanting to read the book. You won't want to put it down...the ending is...well...a typical R.L. Stine ending...you'll enjoy it, don't worry.
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