Classic Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask

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Popular series reissue is a fun sleepover read.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Several displays of teasing at the expense of other children. A child wants to get revenge on people who tease her but finds that revenge isn't always the answer.

Violence

Quite a few scary scenes, including one child choking another under the influence of evil. Neither child is harmed.

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Not applicable
Language
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the scares in this book won't be too much for most tweens. A classic creepy guy in costume shop has some gross masks, and suspense is of the "who's in that costume?" and "what's chasing me?" variety. More frightening is when a character realizes she's falling under the control of an evil presence.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Carly is tired of getting teased at school. Her friends are always thinking of ways to frighten her -- and it works. She always falls for their tricks and the whole school laughs at her. But this Halloween it's different -- she's got the spookiest mask ever and she'll get her revenge and watch her classmates recoil in horror. Little does she know, it'll be horrific for her too!

Is it any good?

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R.L. Stine delivers another spooky, look-over-your-shoulder book ideal for reluctant readers and Halloween-themed sleepovers. This reissued "classic" is one of the better books in the Goosebumps series that's often cast aside as mass-produced light entertainment. There are awful masks and spider scares, acts of revenge, and great cliffhangers to enjoy here.

Carly is picked on at school for being a scaredy-cat, but readers will feel just as jumpy as she deals with crazed duck costumes, hairy tarantulas, and live worms. When she finally gets an opportunity to take her revenge, readers will turn from having sympathy for Carly to being scared to death of her and what she can do with her new super scary mask.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about teasing and revenge. Why did Carly want revenge against her friends? What did she learn about trying to "pay back" others who had hurt her? Have you ever wanted to get back at someone who teased you?

Book details

Genre:Horror
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Scholastic Inc.
Publication date:September 1, 2008
Number of pages:144
Publisher's recommended age(s):9 - 12

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Teen, 14 years old Written bymkalv February 26, 2009
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Good, but not great.

I did like this book, but I disagree that it is one of the best. It is good, however, and kids who like horror stories will love this one.

Parent of a 10 year old Written byYOUTUBEYAY July 29, 2009
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PERFECT ALL

YAY GOOSEBUMPS

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byT-Rod December 20, 2010
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7
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Clever series for kids, balancing humor and scares

It's hard to write children's horror books without making it TOO scary. I remember, after hearing a story from some Stories To Read In the Dark or something like that, I was SO scared i was CRYING that night. I finally yelled for mommy and daddy, who then told me no more reading scary stories. It really scarred me! But Goosebumps doesn't go overboard like that. It seems to know how to create an excellent blend of humor and watered down horror, that most kids can actually enjoy it. Of course, it had it's share of stupid stories(a. LOT. of them, too), and some went that extra mile to give an extra "boo!" for their buck, but most were just amusing. It also had heroic and modeled behaviored heroes, as well as some violence, frightening scenes, some stories got carried away and got a little bit Twisted, and a good part of the non-idiotic stories had a kind of dark and, dare i say, DISTURBING feel, tone, and atmosphere. But I'm only gonna talk about a select few, because this review is already starting to drag, I'm sure. tHE hAUNTED mASK series: In 1, it centers around young-ish tween, Mary Beth or Sarah Beth or something, wanting an awesome halloween mask this year(the previous years, her masks have usually been crudely made by her mother). So she goes to a store, the manager tells her the one she wants isn't for sale, so she takes the mask and runs, leaving all her money behind, hoping it'll make up for the mask. So she wears it and scares the kids who made fun of her for having crummy masks in previous years, but only when she starts acting EXTRA mean do her friends look into it. So they talk some sense into Maybeth, and the friends find out that the mask won't come off! It's physically attached to young Marybeth's skin! So, as it turns out, the masks in the back that Marybeth saw were used to hold evil spirits and now one's gradually taking over(one could say possessing) Marybeth. But, in the end, Marybeth stops the transformation by putting her faith into a clay sculpture of her face that her loving mother had made her, which earlier she had just dismissed, thinking it was weird. So her mother's love saved her. And revenge only quickened the evil spirits growth. But also, she DID somewhat steal the mask from the man. The second's pretty much the same.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models

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