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The Ghost Next Door (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Classic Goosebumps) Library Binding – April 28, 2015
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- Publisher : Turtleback; Bound for Schools & Libraries ed. edition (April 28, 2015)
- Language : English
- Library Binding : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0606370722
- ISBN-13 : 978-0606370721
- Reading age : 8 - 11 years
- Lexile measure : 580L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stay out of the Basement, The Ghost Next Door, Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes, The Haunted Car, Lets Get Invisible, The Scarecrow Walks at Night, The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, The Blob That Ate Everyone, Night of the Living Dummy, The Werewolf of Fever Swamp.
I received one with night of the living Dummy 2, abominable snowman from Pasadena, shocker on shock street... Etc.
The Plot: It's Summer and Hannah is bored, she spends all day watching her 2 twin brothers and writing letters to her friend at camp. her summer turns adventurous when she meets Danny the neighbor boy, the only thing is she's pretty convinced he's a ghost. Danny says he's lived here for a while but Hannah rode her bike through the back yard the other day and there was no family. Now she has to prove it to him. Danny is if he's a ghost or not is hanging out with a group of kids that haunt their local mail man. Hannah tries to stop them but, she seems to be haunted herself by a shadow creature.
What I Liked: The ending is the saving grace of this story, I liked it a lot, it's and ending that I've seen before but I thought it was done very well. I liked the character of Hannah especially how she writes letter with her little treats of harm if they do not write back. I liked the reveal of what the shadow creature was. The biggest horror element was the peer pressure and man does it get to an intense level fast.
What I Disliked: Not really scary maybe slightly more than Monster Blood (Monster Blood is the worst) the twist is really easy to predict, I see most kids figuring it out as well.
Recommendations: If you're on a quest like me to read them all then read it. if you are looking for fun and scary for the kids, I would skip this one. The only thing this story has going for it is how heavily this story is featured in the 2015 Goosebumps movie starring Jack Black and Dylan Minnette. I rated The Ghost Next Door by R. L. Stine 3 out of 5 stars. Here's my full ranking of the 10 Goosebumps books that I have read in order to my favorite to least favorite Stay Out of the Basement, Night of the Living Dummy, Welcome to Camp Nightmare, The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, Say Cheese and Die, Let's Get Invisible, Welcome to Dead House, The Girl who Cried Monster, The Ghost Next Door, and Monster Blood.
The story is relatively short, but very well written and the narrator is fantastic. I'd never heard of Emily Eiden before this, but she gave a wonderful performance throughout the book.
If you're looking to get your kids into spooky stories, Goosebumps is a great place to start.
The Ghost Next Door is quite an exciting adventure from start to finish with a number of twists and turns.
I can't recommend it highly enough.
The book is great for it's age. It's a little yellowed but it was gently used. I won't read it yet though, I'd rather wait and read them in order and this is book #10 in the series. The raised lettering for the word "Goosebumps" is very nostalgic for me.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 8, 2020