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Little Shop of Hamsters (Goosebumps, Horror Land #14) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2010

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Book 14 of 19 in the Goosebumps HorrorLand Series

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 410L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545161959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545161954
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Yana V. Rodgers on November 7, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Twelve-year old Sam Waters wants nothing more than to get a pet, but his parents first want him to prove that he can handle the responsibility of caring for an animal. What better way to demonstrate to his parents that he is conscientious enough than to get a job at a pet store. Sam happened to have stumbled upon a store that sold only hamsters, and the owner was willing to give him an after-school job feeding the hamsters and cleaning their cages. Unfortunately, Sam never realized that those hamsters would turn into mean little monsters after they got a hold of the little candies that he and his friend had gotten from the HorrorLand gift shop. His dream job quickly turned into a nightmare and he had no idea how to get out.

With this book's setting of an after-school job at a local shop, fans of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series will get a dose of economics together with the suspense they have come to expect from this popular series.
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Sam Waters and his Lexi Blake go into the Chiller House store while in Horrorland. He buys a phone-like candy dispenser called a Phoney-Phone and a package Insta-Gro Pet. Late that night while at the dinner table, Sam asks his parents if he could have a pet hamster. They told him that he would have to show that he was responsible enough to have one. Sam comes up with a great idea, he gets a job a pet store to show how responsible he is. Oh no! Sam soon finds out the hamsters in the store have ate his Insta-Gro Pet.

"Little Shop of Hamsters" will make every kid think twice about getting a hamster for a pet. The cover is a little frightening, and kids will love it. Once again, the story ends in a cliffhanger that will be resolved later on in the series.
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I know it might be silly to include Goosebumps in my challenge but it's been awhile since I've read them! It just hit me today that I should had added a Fear Street title too, oh well, there's always next year! Can I just say how crazy that cover looks? I have a confession, I'm a complete and total hamster lover. I've raised hamsters my whole life. And it was weird, as I was reading this book, I would often catch my hamster staring at me while I read (I read at night so he would be awake bathing or eating) and I would ask him "you're not gonna go crazy on me like these guys, right?!" haha.

I never understood why anyone in their right mind would visit a place called Horrorland. I have to say, the "shrimp" that burrowed into Sam's skin was gross! I would had left at that point! If you ask me, staying at that place and buying thing from there is just asking for trouble!

Sam was a decent character, he was always put in really bad situations and I felt bad for him. His parents never believed him and blamed him for everything, even things that were clearly not his doing and his younger brother (who got away with everything) annoyed the crap out of me. His friend Lexi also annoyed the crap out of me. Every time she "helped" she just ended up making the situation a million times worse! And where does she keep coming from?! I mean, seriously!

And like all Goosebump books (from what I remember) they had a weird twist in the end!
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This book is classic Goosebumps as I remember it, though Stine has added in iPhones and other modern technology to keep things realistic for kids growing up in a world more technologically advanced than kids in the ’90s had. There’s a little bit of “listen to your parents” in each one of Stine’s books that I’m not sure I noticed when I was a kid, but I definitely notice now.

This series of HorrorLand books reminds me a lot of Stephen King’s Needful Things. With each souvenir from Chiller’s gift shop, the kids in the books pay a terrible price that only gets worse as they try to fix the wrongs they have committed in the pursuit of happiness.

This book is cute and perilous, and taught my daughter that responsibility must come before one can take care of another living creature.
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LITTLE SHOP OF HAMSTERS, the 14th installment in R.L. Stine's bone-chilling middle-grade horror series, centers on more scary goings-on at the always bizarre HorrorLand gift shop.

When Sam Waters and Lexie Blake hit the store, Sam is suffering from pet anxiety --- as in, he doesn't have a pet and his mom and dad won't let him get one. So he buys an Insta-Gro animal from the Horrorland shop and takes it home. His parents aren't too sure about this unusual purchase, but to help them see him as responsible, Sam takes a job in a hamster-only pet store. These, however, are not your typical garden-variety hamsters; in reality, they are very strange and unbecoming little MONSTERS. And now Sam is waging a personal war against the hamsters.

How does this tie in to the HorrorLand souvenir he brought back home? You'll have to read to find out. The craziness of Jonathan Chiller's shop is neverending!

The hamsters eat candy and then turn into candy-gobbling freak animals. And they attack Sam, too. So while he's putting in his hours, improving his reputation with his dad, he's also battling a growing army of freakish hamster horrors. If you don't like the idea of little animals crawling all over you, biting and scratching, then you might find this book a little on the disgusting side. But in a good way.

Like all good Goosebumps titles, there is no way to escape the horrible repercussions of a visit to HorrorLand's gift shop. R.L. Stine's franchise is alive and well, and just as skin-crawling as ever with LITTLE SHOP OF HAMSTERS. Read at your own risk!
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