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The Evil Moon

By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Weak writing, but it hooks readers who like gore.

Book R. L. Stine Horror 1995
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Stine's writing wouldn't get him out of ninth-grade English; his sentences are choppy and often incomplete, and the story has no depth or characterizations. But young reluctant readers who enjoy gruesome supernatural thrillers love it. This kind of book fills the bill for large numbers of kids who don't like to read.

It requires little effort to understand what's going on, though the time switches make it marginally more challenging than most of Stine's books. Everything stays on the surface. The story moves quickly, keeping readers' interest high and not wasting any time on such traditional aspects of storytelling as descriptions (except for the gore), characters, or emotional depth. The grisly plot appeals to many young readers: It's purely pulp fiction, meant for entertainment only.

Book Details

  • Author: R. L. Stine
  • Genre: Horror
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: August 1, 1995
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 14
  • Number of pages: 151
  • Last updated: November 15, 2019

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