Category Archives: Authors

October 26, 2011

R.L. Stine Answers Your Questions!


A few weeks ago we asked you to write in your questions for the Master of Fright, Goosebumps author, R.L. Stine. He answered questions from 10 lucky readers, so read on to see if yours was chosen!

Q from SilverSnake: Which character do you think is most like you? Which character is most unlike you?
R.L. Stine: I like to think I’m like all my crazy characters—Slappy the dummy, who’s so rude and awful; Dr. Maniac; The Ooze; The Menace, the evil villain from HorrorLand. But in real life, I’m more like Evan, the poor kid who lets the Monster Blood loose and doesn’t have a clue how to defeat it.

Q from Raggweed: Since Goosebumps creeps me out, how can you not be scared, and keep making them? They freak even my older relatives out, so are you afraid of your own creations too?
R.L. Stine: Scary stuff NEVER scares me. Horror always makes me laugh instead. When I go to a scary movie, I don’t get scared—I just laugh. Same for writing Goosebumps books.

Q from Mysterygirl123: If you could be a monster for a day, what monster would you choose? Why? R.L. Stine: I would be a giant jellyfish from Deep Trouble because I like to swim a lot.

Q from ArtAthena13: What would you say to a kid who wants to be an author?
R.L. Stine: Write something every day. Keep a journal or a diary. And make sure you read a LOT!

Q from cnahk: Do you ever want to write something less scary?
R.L. Stine: I love writing funny books, too. That’s why I wrote the Rotten School book series. I also try to put a lot of funny stuff in Goosebumps.

Q from Niki: Who’s your favorite character? Why?
R.L. Stine: Slappy the evil dummy. I like writing all the insults and rude things he says to people.

Q from AstronomyAble3: Who is your inspiration and icon?
R.L. Stine: Many writers have inspired me. I think the sci-fi author Ray Bradbury was a big influence. Also, Rod Serling, who wrote The Twilight Zone.

Q from Lexi: Are you a prankster with scaring people?
R.L. Stine: No. Maybe I scared my little brother a few times when we were kids. But I’m not really into pranks and jokes. Too busy writing!

Q from CheerfulHeart15: What’s your favorite book of Goosebumps that you wrote? Were you good at telling ghost stories when you were young?
R.L. Stine: My favorite Goosebumps book is The Haunted Mask. I was too shy to tell ghost stories when I was a kid. I was a very quiet kid.

Q from OreoPie09: How do you come up with such creepy stuff and do you believe in ghosts?
R.L. Stine: I don’t know where the ideas come from. I’ve never seen a ghost—but I keep looking!

Q from Megan: Would you ever consider doing like a Nancy Drew type of book series for girls?
Q from Georgia: When you do your next book why not call it Zombieland?!
Q from NinjaCobra1: Why don’t you make a Goosebumps book about a boy who likes scary movies, and finds out that all the monsters are coming to life?
Nice ideas. Thanks for the suggestions.
– R.L.

September 30, 2011

Goosebumps Questions? Ask R.L. Stine

Rlstine Have you read all the Goosebumps books, watched all the TV shows, and wondered infinitely what goes on in the mind of Goosebumps creator, R.L. Stine? Well, here’s your chance to find out!

R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps HorrorLand and the new Hall of Horrors book series, is ready to answer your burning questions. Submit your questions in the Comments below and we’ll choose 10 of the most creative and terrifyingly ghoulish questions to pass on to R.L. Stine.

Check back here on October 26 to read the answers and see if your question was chosen.

— Amabel, Scholastic Media

September 28, 2011

Floors by Patrick Carman

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Floors-130x130 Patrick Carman has written lots of books. You may have read his 39 Clues book (Book 5: The Black Circle), or Skeleton Creek, or Atherton, or Trackers, or his Land of Elyon series. But his newest book is something totally different. I just read it and it’s really fun! It kind of reminds me of The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Here is Mr. Carman himself to tell you about it.

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September 7, 2011

Get Wonderstruck!

Posted by at 12:13 pm in Authors, Reads | Permalink

Wonderstruck_130x130 It's Wonderstruck Week! We have been telling you and telling you about Brian Selznick's new book called Wonderstruck, and now it is finally almost here. You can see Mr. Selznick himself talking about the book in this video. Doesn’t this book sound so cool?

Tuesday, September 13 is the release date, and to celebrate, we want everyone's STACKS Profiles to "get Wonderstruck!"

Here's what you do:

  1. Log in to your STACKS Profile, or create one if you haven't already.
  2. Change your mood to Wonderstruck.
  3. Tell your friends!

Wouldn't it be cool if every single person on the STACKS were in a Wonderstruck mood for Wonderstruck Week?! Tell everybody you know, and let's see if we can do it!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

May 18, 2011

R.L. Stine’s NEW Hall of Horrors Series

Posted by at 3:57 am in Authors, Goosebumps, Reads | Permalink

Claws_130x130 If you love scary books, then you probably know all about Robert Lawrence Stine (a.k.a. R.L. Stine), the author of the Goosebumps and HorrorLand series. You have probably even watched the videos and chatted with people about them on the Message Board.

But have you read Stine’s NEWEST series, Hall of Horrors? In this video, the master of horror himself tells you all about it.

Here are the books in the new series so far:

  • Book 1: Claws
    Mickey and Amanda are put in charge of their vacationing neighbors’ cat, Bella. But Bella escapes from the house and disappears. Amanda has an idea to replace the cat with a look-alike from the local pet store Cat Heaven. They find a cat that looks exactly like Bella, but the clerk won’t sell it to them, so they decide to steal it. Big mistake! These cats are more than they seem to be.
  • Book 2: Night of the Giant Everything
    When 11-year-old Steven Sweeney is tricked into drinking a strange mixture of chemicals by his classmates, things begin to get strange. Either his toothbrush is growing, or he is shrinking! Will he be able to make it through the day and return to his original size?

Are you a fan of R.L. Stine’s books? Let us know in the Comments!

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April 27, 2011

Mike Lupica’s New Book, Hero

Posted by at 1:36 am in Authors, Reads | Permalink

Mikelupicabookfan If you are a fan of sports books, then you probably already know and love Mike Lupica’s books. He wrote Million Dollar Throw, Summer Ball, Travel Team, and a bunch of other books about kids and sports. (Bradley Steven Perry from the show Good Luck Charlie is a fan.)

Lupica’s newest book is about a different kind of hero – a superhero who can both fly and become invisible. Scholastic Kids Press Corps Reporter, Maya Williams, got to interview Mr. Lupica and ask him about the book. Watch her video interview.

Maya has lots of good things to say about Hero.

“I liked Hero a lot. Lupica’s style makes you want to turn the pages and puts you right in the action. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend, either a boy or girl because the characters are both so strong. Hero is the kind of book you want to read if you are looking for action and surprise!”

Find out more about this book by reading Maya’s review.

Have you read Hero? Are you going to read it? Let us know what you think in the Comments!

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March 9, 2011

Allie Finkle Inspiration: Answer

Posted by at 1:08 am in Authors, Trivia | Permalink

Questionmark_130 Last week’s Trivia Quiz asked you to find out who was the inspiration for the character Allie Finkle in Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls. Well, the answer is in this video, where Meg Cabot reveals the story behind the story.

Do YOU keep a diary? Think about it. The things you write now could become the inspiration for a popular book series when you are older!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer