Module 8 – Mystery/Series/SLIS 5420
Stine, R.L. (1993). Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask. New York: Scholastic.
I got a big kick out of this book, so I think it’s a great read. Carly Beth is just too nice. Her guy friends play tricks on her all the time because she is so gullible. When Halloween comes around (and her pals put a fake worm in her sandwich that she is certain was real), Carly Beth decides to get revenge. She visits a costume shop that’s down the street from where she lives, and gets more than she bargained for when she selects one of the scariest masks from the weird backroom. Carly Beth may get her revenge, but she learns an important (and scary) lesson about the importance of being true to yourself and not trying to be something that you aren’t. Chills and thrills! Perfect for older elementary and middle school aged readers.
“..ideal for reluctant readers and Halloween-themed sleepovers…one of the better books in the Goosebumps series.”
Clark, Terreece. Review of Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask. Common Sense Media. Retrieved from http://www.wikipedia.com
The Goosebumps series are indeed for reluctant readers and, as commercial series often are, they are excellent for building reading skills and encouraging the love of reading for kids. The stories in this series read like urban legends or the kind of tales told around the campfire or at slumber parties. Using several of these books in a library at Halloween for a storytime or other Halloween event would be perfect. Gather the kids around and present a safe but scary storytime activity as part of the annual Fall festival or at a book fair. Scary treats would make the event especially fun, as would putting on skits from the stories.