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R. L. Stine

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Gr 6 Up-With a wry sense of humor befitting the subject, Cohen introduces readers to this prolific writer. Beginning with his "normal, scary childhood," the author traces Stine's career through 1999. After a friend at Scholastic challenged Stine to write a horror book for teens, he complied and, having produced an immediate bestseller, he devised a formula for "clean, funny" horror that resulted in the "Fear Street" (Pocket), "Goosebumps" (Scholastic), and "Ghosts of Fear Street" series (Pocket). Stine is philosophical about his popularity cresting and plans to enjoy the ride as long as it lasts. His methods for churning out two new books a month, his involvement with the Goosebumps TV series, and his singular attempt at adult fiction are also discussed. The last chapter describes the censorship furor resulting from his work. Extensive chapter notes are followed by a helpful time line, a lengthy bibliography (primarily articles), and an inclusive index. Black-and-white photos add just the right touch of humor/horror to the lively text. Cohen's warm, tongue-in-cheek presentation is as colorful and crisp as Stine's own. If readers liked this author before, they'll love him after reading his biography. For librarians who worry about the Stine phenomenon, this book should quell some of their concern.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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