Does Summer Reading Give You Goosebumps?
July 2012 is a special month for Stine fans--the very first Goosebumps book was published 20 years ago, in July 1992. It's hard for me to believe it was really that long ago... In the last two decades Stine has written a handful of companion Goosebumps series, other kids' series (including Rotten School and Fear Street) and stand alone titles including the Groundhog Day-like horror story, It's the First Day of School...Forever, one of our July 2011 best books of the month for middle grade.
This week in particular marks a Goosebumps first--a new book coming out in hardcover (they have always been paperback only). Wanted: The Haunted Mask is a stand alone book that has two scary stories to keep readers up at night.
In an exclusive summer reading video filmed in his New York office, Stine shares some not-so-scary books that readers may enjoy this summer, and why he likes them:
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen - "...the baddest main character you'll ever meet"
The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford - "...entertaining mystery with many many secrets"
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne - "...very, very, tense science fiction novel"
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury - "maybe the creepiest book ever written"