R.L. Stine from a mother cat’s perspective.
January 17, 2016
Candace Hardy (22 articles)
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R.L. Stine from a mother cat’s perspective.

The prolific author R.L. Stine elicits many memories. My children, my son in particular, gobbled up his Goosebumps series. We all watched the wonderful TV shows based on the books. Truth be told, he probably got a number of young male readers excited about books,

But Stine is also a YA author. And while I acknowledge that as a horror writer he cannot be surpassed, as a mom, I sometimes wish he’d stay in the adult section. His works are chilling, graphic and raw. They don’t require a strong reader, they require an emotionally mature reader.

I just finished reading LOST GIRL. I have to say, once I got through the horror of a young girl seeing her father torn to shreds by hungry horses who had deliberately been allowed to starve by a jealous stable owner, I was able to continue on.

LOST GIRL by R.L. Stine

Beth’s family is thrilled when their family can afford a new stable. They have no idea that the stable owners for whom Beth’s dad worked as a stable boy would be jealous and vindictive. When Angelo, Beth’s father, is brutally murdered, Beth attempts to hide, running from their attacker’s son, Aaron, who has relentlessly pursued her at school and now pursues her as he realizes she has witnessed the murder.

Jump ahead, about 70 years, when a new girl arrives at school. Lizzy Walker. Mysterious, always turning up at odd times and in odd places, Michael is smitten with her and can’t get the beautiful girl, who always seems to be lost, out of his mind. In a maze of horrifying events, leaving a friend dead, a friend attacked, and yet another friend critically injured, Michael makes a dangerous connection between the events of 1950 and the present day events. Does it take seventy years to serve justice? R.L. Stine answers that in the most recent installment of his Fear Street Novel. For Sophisto-Kitties with all of their nine lives intact.

I consider this a “cross-over” book. I am compelled, however to give this read 5 catnips.

Please join me in this month’s read; MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs.

Candace Hardy