Reader's annotation: Sixteen-year-old Joanna Collier has everything she wants: the perfect car, the perfect body, the perfect clothes. Her perfect world receives a surprising addition, however: the zombie-version of her ex-boyfriend, Dex, shows at her house one night, and he is intent on dating his old flame.
About the author: Robert Lawrence, or R.L. Stine was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1943. Stine began writing at age nine, despite his parents’ urges to go outside and play. He continued writing all the way through grade school, and, after graduating from Ohio State University in 1965, moved to New York City to pursue his career. Using the pen name “Jovial Bob Stine,” he wrote many humor books for children, and created a humor magazine called Bananas. Stine’s wife, Jane Waldhorn, created a publishing company, Parachute Press, which would publish Stine’s most famous books: his scary stories. In 1986, Stine published his first teen horror novel Blind Date, and decided to continue writing in this genre after the books success. In 1989, Stine began the Fear Street series which has since become the best selling teen book series in history. In 1992, Stine created Goosebumps, which was incredibly popular with children and later turned into a TV show. Stine has sold over 350 million books, making him one of the most successful children’s and teen authors in the world. Stine is often referred to as the “Stephen King of children’s literature.” (http://rlstine.com/about/)
One person in a relationship taking advantage of the other
The “golden rule”
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Cruel behavior of main character
Sneaking out of house
Gruesome details and gore
Recommended for grades 8-12.
If parent does not want child reading "scary stories," recommend that they stay away from such authors as R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, etc. who specialize in the genre.
Recommend parent read book before child.
Recommend parent discuss book with child.
Recommend parent discuss fantasy vs. reality in terms of zombies, monsters, etc.
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Written by critically acclaimed author.