Saturday, December 20, 2014

The 12 Screams of Christmas by R. L. Stine

I can’t resist a Goosebumps book by R. L. Stine at Christmas any more than I can at Halloween. The 12 Screams of Christmas is a fright fest of fearful fun and horrific Holiday creepiness in traditional Stine fashion. It all begins in 1882 when little Flora falls into a well. She almost makes it out, but when the rope breaks she splashes down into that deep, dark pit to meet her fate. The story picks up again this year and Kate Welles has a real problem. She’s been seeing ghosts, and nobody believes her. To make it worse, she’s competing with her friend Courtney for the lead role in the school play. That’s when their teacher decides they need to rehearse away from school and she chooses this creepy old house where it’s rumored a girl drowned in the well. Flora the ghost and Kate become friends, and Kate meets Flora’s family, which complicates matters. Flora didn’t like being left in that well for over a hundred years, and her family isn’t all that nice to Kate. Ghosts can be like that. Stine’s imagination is in full jitterbug swing with this highly entertaining shocker that adds new meaning to the term “Christmas Spirit.” All of Stine’s Goosebumps books have been reprinted, and he still writes a few new ones every year. The 12 Screams of Christmas is part of the new “Goosebumps: Most Wanted” series and should be read out loud at the table during your Christmas dinner. It will add a delicious flavor to the festivities.

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