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Revenge of the living dummy / R.L. Stine.

By: Stine, R. L.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Goosebumps HorrorLand ; 1.Publisher: New York, NY : Scholastic, 2017Copyright date: ©2008Description: 128 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780439918695 .Subject(s): Monsters -- Juvenile fiction | Amusement parks -- Juvenile fiction | Puppets -- Juvenile fictionSummary: Britney battles against her cousin's new ventriloquist dummy and discovers a frightening secret in a new amusement park called HorrorLand.
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12-year-old Britney Crosby's nightmare begins when she meets an old ventriloquist's dummy harboring an evil plan. She receives an invitation to an amusement park with an erie atmosphere accurately named, HorrorLand. Who sent the invitation and why are they luring normal kids to this wicked place? If Britney can't solve the mystery fast...she and her friends may be trapped there forever.

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Britney battles against her cousin's new ventriloquist dummy and discovers a frightening secret in a new amusement park called HorrorLand.

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The Thrill Ride Begins! Britney Crosby thinks her cousin Ethan is pretty weird--and she happens to be right. Ethan won't stop tormenting Britney with an old ventriloquist's dummy. And the puppet has plans for Britney, too! Next, someone will be offered a vacation at a popular "scream park." An entire week for free? You'd have to be a real dummy to refuse that! But some guests aren't allowed to escape HorrorLand after just six days and seven frights. . . . 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 Alissa Hunnicutt has recorded several full cast productions of audio dramas for SCI FI Channel's Seeing Ear Theatre beginning in 1997, as well as the audiobooks The Myth of You and Me: A Novel and The Fairies Collection: Vidia and the Fairy Crown. Excerpted from Goosebumps HorrorLand - Revenge of the Living Dummy: Book by R. l. Stine All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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Publishers Weekly Review

After eight years, the bestselling master of middle-grade horror returns, this time with the first book of a new, deliciously chilling 12-book series. As is planned for the other titles, this suspenseful opener is broken into two equally enjoyable sections--a standalone story and the first installment of what already reads like a ghostly serial at its spookiest. In the same tried-and-true style as the older Goosebumps stories, the standalone involves two smart yet vulnerable kids as they try to bury "Mr. Badboy," an evil ventriloquist's dummy with a mind of its own, and a Mumban doll with a shrunken human head that steals minds when touched, before the two dolls can do any major damage. In Part Two, the same characters embark on another petrifying adventure to a mysterious theme park advertised as "HorrorLand: Where Nightmares Come to Life." All the essential tricks of the trade to keep readers up at night are front and center: the ominous noises at just the right moments, the grisly visual descriptions and the cliffhangers around every corner. Combined with the promise of an ongoing story, this series should easily garner a new crop of scare-addicts. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Alissa Hunnicutt does a more than capable job reading these two related stories (Scholastic, pap. 2008) by R.L. Stine. In the first story, Hunnicutt superbly conveys the mounting fear that Britney Crosby feels towards her cousin Ethan's creepy old ventriloquist's dummy named Slappy, voicing him to sound like Donald Duck gone psycho. Of course, she has every reason to be terrified of the wooden sociopath, and she and a friend try to get rid of the cursed item. As usual, her parents don't believe her, sand this comes back to haunt them in the second story. The Crosby family and Britney's best friend go to Horrorland for a vacation. While most people might have suspected something weird was happening, the family falls for it hook, line and sinker. Stine ups the chills level by concluding the second story with the girls realizing that Britney's parents have disappeared, and Slappy is responsible. The abrupt ending leaves no doubt that the girls are doomed to the nasty fate hinted at in the Horrorland story. Effective and nearly constant sound effects enhance the telling and increase the tension. This production will definitely be a hit with the author's fans and listeners who relish scary tales.-B. Allison Gray, Santa Barbara County Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.