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Zombie Town [Kindle Edition]

R.L. Stine , Tim Jacobus
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Book Description

This used to be such a nice, quiet town. But that was before all the zombies. When twelve-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, go to see a horror movie called Zombie Town, the last thing they expect is for the title characters to come down off the screen and chase them through the theater. And it’s not popcorn these hungry creatures want to chomp on—it’s human brains!

Now Mike and Karen frantically try to flee through the panicked streets of their hometown before shuffling bands of zombies turn every last citizen into a ravenous flesh-eater. But if Mike thinks he’ll be safe once he reaches his house and warns Mom and Dad, he'd better think again. When the zombies say it's lunchtime, no home is safe! Zombie Town is R.L. Stine’s delightfully spooky take on the horror genre that’s infecting the world, bite by bite.



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AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR Q & A

R.L. STINE and TIM JACOBUS

Why is Tim Jacobus R.L. Stine's favorite illustrator? Maybe because they've done so many scary books together. Tim did the cover paintings for more than 80 Goosebumps books, as well as the six amazing Amazon books. Recently, the two of them got together and asked the questions they've always wanted to ask each other...

TIM ASKS R.L. ...

TIM ASKS: When I illustrate, I can "see" the image in my head before I start to draw. Do you "hear" a story when you write? If so, is it your voice or is it someone like James Earl Jones?

R.L ANSWERS: I hear kids when I write. I try to hear the voice of the boy or girl who is telling the story. I visit schools a lot and talk with kids so I can keep up with what they are saying these days and what real kids sound like. Then I try to hear their voices tell the story as I write it.

TIM ASKS: You’ve written so many books I can’t do the math, but I bet you’ve used millions of words. What's you favorite word?

R.L. ANSWERS: Someone once got in an elevator with a very witty author named Noel Coward and said, "Say something funny." And Coward said, "Kangaroo." Kangaroo has been a favorite word of mine ever since I heard that story. But as a horror writer, I guess my favorite word is SCREAM!

TIM ASKS: Where is the strangest place you have come up with an idea for a story?

R.L ANSWERS: An empty movie theater. My wife and I went to see a scary movie in a big, old movie house-- and we were the only ones in the theater. It was kind of creepy. Then about halfway through the movie, I turned around and saw that the back row was filled with people sitting straight and still. Suddenly, I thought-- They are zombies! I'm trapped in a dark zombie theater! And that's where the idea for the book Zombie Town came from.

TIM ASKS: If you couldn't write-- and you possessed all skills-- what would you like to do for a living?

R.L ANSWERS: I drew comic strips from the time I was in 4th grade, and I always dreamed of being a cartoonist. You can imagine my shock when the other kids told me how bad my art was. They were right. I stunk! I got over my extreme disappointment by starting to write. But if I had the skill, I would love to do what you do, Tim.

R.L. ASKS TIM...

R.L. ASKS: If you couldn't be an artist what would you like to be?

TIM ANSWERS: I would like to be a "Snowmaker" at one of the big ski resorts, out west, like Mammoth Mountain in California. You work at night when everyone goes home. Set up the snow guns, cover the slopes, and groom them with the Sno-Cat track machine. It's kinda like a snow tank! Then, you get to ski for free! I love that snow!

R.L. STINE ASKS: When we were kids, my brother and I used to go to a horror movie every Saturday. We loved them all. The covers on our six Amazon books look like movie posters to me. Were you also influenced by horror movies? If so, which ones?

TIM ANSWERS: I was a complete "chicken" as a kid. I couldn't sit through any horror movie. The first scary movie I saw was on TV. It isn't really a horror movie. It was the Hunchback of Notre Dame-- the black-and-white version with Charles Laughton. That movie freaked me out! The mutant, Quasimodo, was something that REALLY could exist. Black-and-white movies, black-and-white photos—they all seem more "real" than full color to me.

R.L. STINE ASKS: You have painted so many great covers. I think your scariest Goosebumps cover was for The Barking Ghost. And the black cat on The 13th Warning is really creepy. Do you have a favorite cover? Is it a scary one or a funny one?

TIM ANSWERS: It's hard to pick a favorite. But you gotta love the blue bathroom blobs in Monster Blood IV. That one is a little creepy and WAY funny. For just outright scary, I love the ticket taker in Zombie Town!

R.L. STINE ASKS: What was the weirdest thing someone ever asked you to draw?

TIM ANSWERS: Oh, I have drawn a lot of weird stuff. One time, I had to paint a pimple! You know... acne! It was a medical illustration. Gross. When I first started illustrating, I painted pictures of food. My food illustrations were used in the Sunday newspaper for the local supermarket. I painted every food you can imagine. I can draw a pretty mean potato!

About the Author

R.L. (Robert Lawrence) Stine is one of the best-selling children's authors in history. His Goosebumps series, along with such series as Fear Street, The Nightmare Room, Rotten School, and Mostly Ghostly have sold nearly 400 million books in this country alone. And they are translated into 32 languages.

The Goosebumps TV series was the top-rated kids’ series for three years in a row. R.L.’s TV movies, including The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It and Mostly Ghostly, are perennial Halloween favorites. And his scary TV series, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, is in its second season on The Hub network.

R.L. continues to turn out Goosebumps books, published by Scholastic. In addition, his first horror novel for adults in many years, titled Red Rain, will be published by Touchstone books in October, 2012.

R.L. says that he enjoys his job of “scaring kids.” But the biggest thrill for him is turning kids on to reading.

R.L. lives in New York City with his wife, Jane, an editor and publisher, and King Charles Spaniel, Minnie. His son, Matthew, is a sound designer and music producer.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 415 KB
  • Print Length: 75 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612183298
  • Publisher: Two Lions (13 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076NL95E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #230,904 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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R.L Stine's books are read all over the world. So far, his books have sold more than 300 million copies, making him one of the most popular children's authors in history. Besides Goosebumps, R.L Stine has written the teen series Fear Street and the funny series Rotten School, as well as the Mostly Ghostly series, The Nightmare Room series, and the two-book thriller Dangerous Girls. R.L. Stine lives in New York with his wife, Jane, and Minnie, his King Charles spaniel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars okayish 29 Jan. 2014
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I am probably too old to really appreciate this book, because for me nothing much actually happened. For someone in their early teens this may have been more interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars praise for R.L Stine 10 Jan. 2015
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Scary, easy to read, and with all the hallmarks of an r l Stine masterpiece, I would suggest this work for any young fan of the goosebumps series. Awesome. Ending less than awesome.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok 11 Feb. 2015
By Geoff
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This book is very short but very exciting. I think the ending needs some work because it is a typical ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this but the ending was rubbish 20 Jun. 2012
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Although it had a rubbish ending this book was cool. The bit about the dog with rotten green bits in its teeth was very well deisirbed. It was good now i must say that for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for my Zombie Loving Son... 31 July 2013
By ThisThatNEverything - Published on Amazon.com
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For the past couple year I feel like all I ever hear about from kids anymore is zombies, zombies, zombies. This made Zombie Town very interesting to my 10-year-old son. He really enjoyed it.

The reading level was great for his age and it's kind of a short book making it tolerable for kids who aren't big on reading. My son really enjoyed reading this book and trying to piece together the mystery.

I thought it was a good story myself and the ending had us both surprised. We kept trying to figure out what would be revealed and we were both wrong. It was fun guessing though.

I would recommend this for for kids aged 8-12 who enjoy zombies as much as my son does. Some might find it a bit gory with the details of the zombie's appearances but to my son it was perfect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and spooky fun 27 July 2013
By LookinG for Trouble - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the simplicity of the R.L. Stine novels. They are clearly written and interesting stories that empower readers by making the story visual and easy to figure out. This is more complicated and bigger than a chapter book but smaller than a novel that may overwhelm students.

This one reminds me of a campfire story. You know the one where the storyteller went to see a zombie movie, in an almost empty movie theatre, and the zombies stared coming out of the movie?

-Gertrude
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goosebumps lover... with questions 16 Jun. 2014
By Jack - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved the book and I would say that about every goosebumps book, too. But why was there only 14 chapters? I was a little confused though. I thought Karen and Mike were seeing the movie zombie town but really they were in the movie. Isn't that
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scary Stuff for the Younger Crowd 25 Jun. 2013
By aaa-Pam - Published on Amazon.com
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ZOMBIE TOWN is a fun story that typical of RL Stine's books. There's some excitement and then near the end there's a twist, followed by yet another twist. Not excellent by Adult standards but great kid fair.

I looked for any sort of reading information and didn't find any Lexile or Accelerated numbers. But the book is 74 pages long and if I were to chance a guess I'd say it was at the 4th grade reading level.

The story is about two friends who go to the movies. Although he isn't all that enthusiastic, Karen talks Mike into seeing a Zombie horror flick. They only get to watch a bit before the film breaks, and then things take a real bad turn. Because you see, 'real life' begins to look way too much like the movie and the kids find they are locked in the theater with drooling, stinking zombies.

How will they escape? Will they escape?

Stine's talent is that he writes very well for this audience. He knows exactly how far to go to give his books some excitement without going over the top. In this book Zombies stink and their eyes and hair fall out, but there isn't any violence --if you know what I mean.

I think the age range for this book is very wide. Some 3rd Graders are going to eat this up. Some Tweens and even a few 13 and 14 year olds are going to like it as well. But it's all going to depend on their sophistication and imaginations. My boy (a newly minted 11) thought it was creepy. I don't think he would have read it even a year go. But that's just him. I think most Tweens wouldn't have a problem with it.

Good scary stuff. If you have a child that likes horror stories (or who you think might like them) this is a great series to introduce them to. Stine has lots of books to keep them turning pages.

Pam T~
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary Good 28 Jun. 2013
By Antigone Walsh - Published on Amazon.com
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Mike does not like being scared and he absolutely hates zombies. However, in order to appease his best friend Karen he agrees to go to the hot new zombie movie. After getting tickets and popcorn from presumably non-zombies, they find themselves locked in an empty theater. Still the movie begins and the duo are horrified to find the zombies have stepped off the screen and into the theater. The struggle to escape becomes a struggle to survive with some surprising results.

This is a fast paced suspenseful story. It is written in a light style and while there are scares the gore and grossness are limited. There are a couple of points for consideration however. First, zombies are a mindless terror with no rhyme or reason. It doesn't matter if you are a good person or a bad person, they will eat you or at least your brains without regard. Secondly, the children in the story have no one to rely on, not the police, their families, or any responsible adult. Despite a certain resourcefulness, the two kids are no match for hungry zombies. That being said, this is good fun. I don't know that most kids are given to in depth analysis but still the concept of being defenseless in the face of a relentless foe might be upsetting to some. But if your kid enjoys an occasional jolt of horror, this is the ticket.
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