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A Midsummer Night's Scream

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A Midsummer Night's Scream

Prolific author R. L. Stine, well-known for his Goosebumps and Fear Street series of stories for Middle Grade, has a new YA horror out!
 
Claire’s parents run a studio in LA. They are going to do a remake of a horror flick that was never finished 60 years earlier because three of the six actors in the film were killed on the set in a series of what were then called freak accidents. Production on the film stopped after the third death.
 
If you’re an R. L. Stine fan, you’ll probably want to read this newest edition to his very long list of published books. If you’re not a fan, maybe you will be after reading this story.
 
That was the end of the story until Claire’s parents decide to take on the project. They are desperate to create a money-making movie because without one, they will be forced to close the studio. They are going to film the new version of the movie on the original set, a creepy looking house that was built just for the film and then never used again. It has been sitting empty on the studio lot for 60 years.
 
Of course, many people are nervous about re-making a horror film gone bad. Claire is especially so because she has a part in the movie --- a dream come true for her --- and she doesn’t want anything to go wrong and mess up her chance to be in the movies. At first, Claire laughs when anyone suggests there is a curse on the set, but when strange things start happening, and horrible accidents take place in the house, Claire wonders if maybe the house is maybe haunted or the curse is real.
 
As if that weren’t enough to occupy her mind, Claire is trying desperately to get Jake’s attention. They are friends and have been since they were kids; their parents co-own the film studio. Jake thinks of Claire as just as friend, and Claire wants Jake to think of her as his girlfriend. But Jake has his eyes on someone else, and someone else has his eyes on Claire. No one ever said the road to true love was going to be a smooth one. And it isn’t.
 
My son grew up reading the Stine’s Goosebumps series. I think we own a copy of every one in that original line. I’ve read a few of them, but my son has read them all, several of them many times over!  If you’re an R. L. Stine fan, you’ll probably want to read this newest edition to his very long list of published books. If you’re not a fan, maybe you will be after reading this story.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on June 18, 2013

A Midsummer Night's Scream
by R. L. Stine

  • Publication Date: July 2, 2013
  • Genres: Horror
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • ISBN-10: 125002434X
  • ISBN-13: 9781250024343