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Slumber Party Mass Market Paperback – January, 1985

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Grade 7-10 Six teenage girls in a luxurious winter vacation home experience a series of bizarre and violent incidents during a blizzard that makes communication and travel difficult. Old secrets weigh heavily on the group. Lara has explained to newcomer Celeste that Nell's facial scars were caused by a tragic fire during the group's last slumber party, but she is unable to talk about the death that also occurred. For a while, Lara is pleasantly distracted by handsome Percy, but tension returns when Dana disappears. Where she was last seen, only melted snow, ash, and bone remain. New horrors multiply as the plot races to a surprising and violent end. The easy vocabulary will appeal to reluctant readers, and the light cursing won't bother most students. In spite of simplistic characterization and some incredulous plot elements, a mood of mystery and terror prevails. While critically mature readers may question the idea that parents would stage a mock funeral because a disfigured child doesn't fit the image that they wish to project, this and other elements of sensationalism will appeal to non-criticial readers. Cindy Darling Codell, Belmont Junior High School, Winchester, Ky.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Scholastic (January 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590409271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590409278
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,109,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
In "Slumber Party," 17-year-old Lara Johnson (the protagonist) and her five girl friends (Celeste Winston, Dana Miller, Rachael Grayson, Nell Kutroff, and Mindy Casey) travel to Cedar Stream, California, for a weekend ski trip. Shortly after they arrive, strange and dangerous things start to occur: a snowman mysteriously melts; Dana goes missing, leaving unusual ski tracks in the snow--both events leading Lara to a "supernatural hypothesis"--and then Mindy's arm gets seriously burned in the fireplace. What it all leads back to is a fiery slumber party eight years ago when one of them was disfigured and her sister died. And someone wants to make sure they never forget it.
"Slumber Party" wasn't quite as engaging as some of Pike's later books (I think this is his first published book under this pseudonym), but it was still a fast-paced mind twister, with a little bit of romance thrown in between Lara and a 22-year-old guy (Percy Chand) she meets at the lodge. It vaguely reminded me of "Weekend" (the book published just after this one), because of its conspiratorial vacation setup; though instead of heading South, this one heads for the slopes. If you've read "Weekend," then you may be able to uncover the mystery in "Slumber Party" a little quicker. This is certainly worth picking up if you're a Pike fan and/or like teen suspense.
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By Kate on November 18, 2001
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This book surprised me! It wasn't like others I've read by Christopher Pike. It is about how a girl named Lara who goes on a skiing vacation with her friends to a house owned by one of the girl's family. In the story Lara runs into a lot of bad luck and most of the incidents seem to be related to fire. Lara gets spooked because in her childhood she and her friends had a slumber party. During the slumber party, Nell, the girl who's family owns the cabin, had to bring her little sister Nicole and she ended up dying from fire. Lara thought Nicole had come back to haunt her because she died caught on fire and Lara tried to put her out by dumping brandy on her. A couple minutes later she blew up. At the cabin weird things happen. A snowman melts that is in shade and it is freezing out side. Dana suddenly disappears and one of her skis is found on the path. Mindy's arm suddenly catches on fire and her arm wasn't touching any fire. To top it all off the so-called police man that parks their car for them may not even be a police man but a car theif. This book was very unpredictable!
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This book was one of the best books I've ever read in my entire life! I've read tons of mysteries and horror stories but this is the best one! Christopher Pike is an excellent author, and I'm currently reading another book of his titled, "Remember Me"
Slumber Party has a lot of characters involved in the story, but it introduces them carefully so you can remember them, and try to figure out who is the murderer. It has an excellent plot, and I'd love to tell you it, but it would spoil the whole suprise.
I would definetly recommend this book for teens you hate to read. I myself am 13 years old and my other friend was staying at my house and we actually read the rest of the book together, and she hates to read, but she LOVED the book! I look up to Christopher Pike as an EXCELLENT author and hope to become one myself someday!
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By A Customer on November 3, 1999
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The book "Slumber Party" by Christopher Pike was the first book I've read of his and it was exellent. I would give "Slumber Party" a 4. i loved the book "slumber Party" because it delt with a group of 6 girls that went on a ski trip to find out that something weird was going to happen to them. It started with a snowman that melted and shouldn't have, then went on to a mysterious phone call. When one of the girls went for a jog and didn't return the girls start to wounder whats happening. "Slumber Party" is a great mystery book that keeps you in suspense.
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SLUMBER PARTY wasn’t the typical Pike I know. It was much more standard teen horror fare without any of his deeper insinuations. It still rang different than the Fear Street books, a bit more robust than those other ones and still vaguely Pike, but this book is where the trend started and even here I think it stands out against the rest.

Now I’m not sure what anyone else was doing in fourth grade but I certainly wasn’t drinking or all that into boys at that time. This groups of girls was and it just didn’t fit. Not sure what was going on in 1985, if some elementary school kids were going rogue or what. The boys thing I can let slide because I do remember a hint of that but it was nowhere near pervasive. But the drinking and getting drunk off of your parents’ liquor stash? Definitely a middle school thing, at minimum, unless you have some major crap going on in your life, which none of these girls seemed to have. They were pretty straight-laced, cookie cutter kids. Except weekend drinking parties in fourth grade.

Aside from that it was your basic teen horror novel. A bad thing happened to these girls and all these years later, when they’re all together again, a similar bad thing starts to happen. Everyone has their role to play. The main character is your typical teenage girl but level-headed. Her best friend is boy crazy, her nemesis is a mean girl with whom she’s in constant competition, mean girl’s friend is a yes man sidekick, and then there’s the shy, quiet friend that’s too serious for everyone and keeps to herself. Add in the quiet new girl that the MC brings into the fold and you’ve got all your characters covered. At least no one was being all that crappy to each other except for the mean girl.
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