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Popular tales of terror reunite in Horrorland Theme Park

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

Goosebumps HorrorLand: Revenge of the Living Dummy
By R. L. Stine
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Mass Market Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (April 1, 2008)

Revenge of the Living Dummy is the first Goosebumps book R.L. Stine has published in almost a decade. And he's brought back one of the series' most memorable characters: Mr. Slappy, an evil ventriloquist's dummy.

This time his victim is Britney Crosby. Poor Britney. Her bratty cousin Ethan has come to live with them and brought his creepy ventriloquist's dummy with him. His official name is Mr. Slappy, but Ethan calls him Mr. Badboy. And he lives up to that name.

Britney's first introduction to Mr. Slappy is when he whacks her on the forehead and warns her "I’m a BAAAAAAAD boy!" Things only go downhill from there as Mr. Slappy proceeds to make Britney's life a living hell. He bullies Britney, pulls pranks, and causes all kinds of trouble. Worst of all he sets things up so that Britney takes the rap for his nasty exploits.

Throughout the course of the book, the dummy digs up a grave, insults a group of elderly people during a performance at a senior center, and tries to make Britney his slave.

At first Britney blames Ethan for all the trouble. But after a few unexplained incidents, Britney begins to wonder if it is the doll acting on its own.

Terrified, Britney tells her parents, but they think she's making it up. Britney enlists the help of her best friend, Molly Molloy, to find out the truth and put an end to Mr. Slappy's reign of terror.

In addition to this tale, the book features the first part of a serial story called HorrorLand. It starts when Britney and her family get an invitation for an all-expense-paid week-long trip to the HorrorLand Theme Park.

After checking in at their hotel, Britney and her friend Molly go to their room on the 13th floor while Britney's parents go to their room on the second floor. But there is a horrible surprise in store for them.

This book is full of suspense and occasionally quite funny. It's a kinder, gentler version of "Chuckie," suitable for kids.

Read Andrew's interview with R.L.Stine.

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