Book Sale Finds Issue #1

October 30, 2009 at 3:21 pm (Great Finds) (, , , , )

Here are my finds:

Hardbacks:

The Babysitter 4 by R.L. Stine

The Seance by Joan Lowry Nixon

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Four Season’s Cross-Stitch by Better Homes and Bardens

A Merry Christmas In Cross-Stitch

A Cross-Stitch Christmas by Better Homes and Gardens

Christmas Cross Stitch by Jutta Lammer

Celebrations in Cross-Stitch by Lisbeth Perrone

Paperbacks:

Fear Street: What Holly Heard by R.L. Stine

Fear Street: The Face by R.L. Stine

Fear Street: The Cataluna Chronicles: The Deadly Fie by R.L. Stine

Fear Street: The Cataluna Chronicles: The Dark Secret by R.L. Stine

Fear Street: Fear Park: The Loudest Scream by R.L. STine

Fear Street: The Dare by R.L. Stine

Fear Street: College Weekend by R.L. Stine

Fear Street: Super Chiller: The Dead Lifeguard by R.L. Stine

More Tales to Give you Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

The Beast 2 by R.L. Stine

Amnesia by Sinclair Smith

Dangerous by Nora Roberts

Hot Ice by Nora Roberts

O’Hurley’s Return by Nora Roberts

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Great Finds Issue #11

October 14, 2009 at 3:07 pm (Great Finds) (, , , , , )

What to do when you don’t live close to a book store? Two words – Thrift Shop!

 

Hardback:

Anastasia Again!  by Lois Lowry

 

Paperback:

The Baby-sitters Club # 120 Mary Anne and the Playground Fight

Sweet Valley Twins and Friends #37 The War Between the Twins

Teacher’s Pet by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Goosebumps: The Horror at Camp Jellyjam by R.L. Stine

Give Yourself Goosebumps: The Knight in Screaming Armor by R. L. Stine

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Great Finds Issue #6

September 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm (Great Finds) (, , , , , , , , , )

What to do when you don’t live close to a book store?  Two words – Thrift Shop!

Hardback:

Cirque Du Freak: Vampire Mountain by Darren Shan

Creation in Death by J.D. Robb

Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb

 

Paperbacks:

The Law of Love by Nora Roberts

Love by Designs by Nora Roberts

The House on Cherry Street: The Final Nightmare by Rodman Philbrick and Lynn Harnett

Suite 606 by J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Ruth Ryan Langan and Mary Kay McComas

Goosebumps: Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes by R.L. Stine

The Baby-Sitters Club Mystery #26: Dawn Schafer, Undercover Baby-sitter by Ann M. Martin

Return by Karen Kingsbury with Gary Smalley

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Great Finds Issue #5

August 31, 2009 at 11:04 pm (Great Finds) (, , , , , , )

What to do when you don’t live close to a book store?  Two words – Thrift Shop!

 Hardback:

Night Chills by Dean Koontz

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

 

Paperback:

Goosebumps: Stay Out of the Basement by R.L. Stine

Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake by Barbara Park

Roots by Alex Haley

Cat Raise the Dead by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

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Great Finds Issue #3

August 15, 2009 at 1:17 pm (Great Finds) (, , , , , , , )

What to do when you don’t live close to a book store?  Two words – Thrift Shop!

Hardbacks:

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (Harry Potter tie-in)

Paperback:

Haunted Heartland by Beth Scott & Michael Norman

Angel: Sanctuary by Jeff Mariotte ($1.25 at Dollar General)

Mr. X by Peter Straub

Transgressions Vol. 2 edited by Ed McBain ($1.25 at Dollar General)

The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy and the Sister War by Ann M. Martin

Give Yourself Goosebumps: #13 Scream of the Genie

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Book Review – Goosebumps: Deep Trouble

August 10, 2009 at 9:52 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Goosebumps: Deep Trouble

BY: R.L. Stine

COVER DESIGN BY: Steve Scott

COVER ART BY: Brandon Dorman

PUBLISHED BY: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN-13: 978-0-545-03519-4

ISBN-10: 0-545-03519-8

Ages: 9-12

Reviewed by: Billy Burgess

 

The first adventure of Billy, Sheena and their Uncle Dr. Deep can now be read by a new generation in this re-release with a brand new cover and bonus features that include: Q&A with R.L. Stine, There’s Something Fishy About Mermaids, Sink Your Teeth Into Some Shark Facts!, Tales of Horror: When Sharks Attack, How to Survive a Shark Attack and An Undersea Adventure – Starring You!

Billy and Sheena are spending their summer vacation with their uncle, Dr. Deep, and his assistant, Alexander DuBrow, on the sea lab boat, the Cassandra. Their anchored just off a tiny island called Ilandra, in the Caribbean Sea, searching for a mermaid that had been spotted by local fisherman.

When Billy takes a swim in the ocean, he is almost attacked by a shark. A beautiful mermaid saves him. Dr. Deep and Alexander throw out a net and catch the mermaid. The mermaid is put into a tank. Billy and Sheena befriend the mermaid.

Alexander has plans of his own. The mermaid would be worth millions of dollars to the local zoo.

Can Billy and Sheena help the mermaid escape Alexander‘s evil clutches?

I don’t recall ever reading this book when it was first released but I really enjoyed reading it now. It will make you think twice about swimming in the ocean.

 

 

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Book Review – Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy

August 10, 2009 at 9:48 pm (Book Reviews, Children) (, , , )

Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy

BY: R.L. Stine

COVER DESIGN BY: Steve Scott

COVER ART BY: Brandon Dorman

PUBLISHED BY: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN-13: 978-0-545-03517-0

ISBN-10: 0-545-03517-0

Ages: 9-12

Reviewed by: Billy Burgess

 

It’s been over fifteen years since R.L. Stine first introduced his readers to the evil ventriloquist’s dummy. Slappy is back in this re-release of the first book. It has brand new cover and extra bonus features that include: Q& A with R.L. Stine, Fright Gallery: Slappy the Dummy, A Dummy’s Guide to Ventriloquism and Slappy’s Greatest Wisecracks.

Kris and Lindy Powell are twins that share everything. Lindy finds a ventriloquist’s dummy in a dumpster near their house. She takes it home and plans on making money with it by performing at birthday parties. Her sister doesn’t like Slappy because he’s always starring at her with an evil grin.

Thinking that she is jealous of Lindy’s dummy, her father buys her a dummy at a second hand store. Kris loves the dummy and names him Mr. Woods. She finds a piece of paper in the dummy’s pocket and reads the strange words out loud: “Karru marri odonna loma molonu karrano.”

After a few strange events, Kris believes that Mr. Woods is alive and no one believes her. How will she defeat Mr. Woods?

It was fun reading about Slappy again. He’s one of my favorite Goosebumps characters and I think you will enjoy reading about him too.

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Book Review – Goosebumps Horrorland: #2 Creep From the Deep

August 9, 2009 at 2:41 pm (Book Reviews, Children) (, , , , )

Goosebumps: Horrorland

#2 Creep From the Deep

BY: R.L. Stine

COVER DESIGN BY: Steve Scott

COVER ART BY: Brandon Dorman

PUBLISHED BY: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN-13: 978-0-439-91870-1

ISBN-10: 0-439-91870-7

Ages: 9-12

Reviewed by Billy Burgess

In this second installment of the new series, R.L. Stine brings back three characters from the original Goosebumps series. Billy and his sister Sheena are on a adventure with their uncle, Dr. Deep, on the hi-tech ship, the Cassandra. They are searching for the pirate ship called the Scarlet Skull that sank to the bottom of the sea in the late 1780’s, and carried millions of dollars’ worth of gold and jewels. After they find the ship, Dr. Deep disappears. When Billy and Sheena go looking for their uncle on a nearby island, they discover that the pirates of Scarlet Skull are still alive and they want their treasure back.

I enjoyed returning to the characters from the books “Deep Trouble” and “Deep Trouble II” that were written in the 90’s.

The second story picks up in “Horrorland” from the previous book. Billy and Sheena have won a free trip to the theme park. Their parents have also gone missing . While searching for them they run into Britney and Molly from the first book, who are also looking for Britney’s parents. When they go on the Quicksand Beach ride, Britney and Molly disappear. Now Billy and Shenna must search for their new friends and their parents, but the pirates of the Scarlet Skull may still be after them.

I enjoyed the continuation of the Horrorland. Once again the second story is only 30 pages and ends in a cliffhanger. If you are like me and countless other R.L. Stine Fans, you can’t wait to read more!

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Book Review – Goosebumps Horrorland: #1 Revenge of the Living Dummy

August 9, 2009 at 2:39 pm (Book Reviews, Children) (, , , , , )

Goosebumps: Horror Land

#1 Revenge of the Living Dummy

BY: R.L. Stine

COVER DESIGN BY: Steve Scott

COVER ART BY: Brandon Dorman

PUBLISHED BY: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN-13: 978-0-439-91869-5

ISBN-10: 0-439-91869-3

Ages: 9-12

Reviewed by: Billy Burgess

After an eight year hiatus from his Goosebumps books, R.L. Stine is back in a new series. In the new series there are two stories in each book – a 100 -page story and then a 30-page story — which will be continued in each book.

Britney Crosby is going out of her mind when her cousin, Ethan, comes to visit with his ventriloquist’s dummy, Slappy. Slappy is a character from some of the original Goosebumps books . Britney and her best friend, Molly Molloy, are being tormented by Ethan and Slappy. At first they think Ethan is just playing jokes on them, but then they start to believe that Slappy is actually real. The book goes the normal route of a Goosebumps book, but with a different twist at the end.

The second story has Britney and Molly being invited to a theme park called “Horrorland.” But things become weird when Britney’s parents disappear and the girls start to see their old friend, Slappy, around the park.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I grew up reading R.L. Stine, so this brought back memories for me. I would recommend this book to other R.L. Stine fans and to new readers.

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Book Review – Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask

August 9, 2009 at 12:09 am (Book Reviews, Children) (, , , , , )

Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask
BY: R.L. Stine
COVER DESIGN BY: Steve Scott
COVER ART BY: Brandon Dorman
PUBLISHED BY: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN-13:  978-0-545-03521-7

ISBN-10: 0-545-03521-X
Ages: 9-12
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Chuck and Steve are always scaring Carly Beth and she’s tired of it.  She buys a strange green mask at a new store.  She plans on scaring them on Halloween Night.

As soon as she slips on the mask her attitude changes.  She scares everyone she comes across.  Her voice changes too.  It’s more frightening.  Her friend, Sabrina, calms her down and convinces her to remove the mask.  There’s only one problem.  The mask won’t come off!!

Find out how Carly Beth discovered the Halloween mask in this special edition of “The Haunted Mask.”  Bonus features include: Q&A with R.L. Stine, Fright Gallery: The Haunted Mask, 10 Tips for Trick-or-Treaters and History’s Most Hideous Masks.

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