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Young Scrooge : A Very Scary Christmas Story
by R. L. Stine


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A funny, scary middle-grade send up of A Christmas Carol , about a boy who hates Christmas, from bestselling Goosebumps author R. L. Stine.

Rick Scroogeman hates Christmas. He can't stand the carols and the pageants. He can't stand the lights and the mistletoe.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A funny, scary middle-grade send up of A Christmas Carol, about a boy who hates Christmas, from bestselling Goosebumps author R. L. Stine.

Rick Scroogeman hates Christmas. He can't stand the carols and the pageants. He can't stand the lights and the mistletoe. But what he hates the most is having to watch the old movie A Christmas Carol every year at school. Since his name is Scroogeman, all of his classmates start calling him Scrooge. And he hates being called Scrooge.

But everything starts to change when three ghosts visit him. At first, he thinks it's a dream. But then he realizes that it might be a nightmare. A nightmare that could become real.

Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story is a mashup of holiday and horror, a perfect novel for middle grade readers who like their Christmas stories with a side of spooky.

"Stine brings his characteristic humor and light scares to a reworking of Dickens s A Christmas Carol, set at Oliver Twist Middle School. . . . It s eerie holiday fun." Publishers Weekly

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  • ISBN-13: 9781250070159
  • ISBN-10: 1250070155
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 192
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Horror
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Ghost Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Holidays & Celebrations - Christmas & Advent

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-09-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

Stine brings his characteristic humor and light scares to a reworking of Dickenss A Christmas Carol, set at Oliver Twist Middle School. Twelve-year-old Rick Scroogeman relentlessly bullies his classmates, tormenting Josh Cratchitt, who has a stutter, and sabotaging the school play (thousands of ants are involved) after learning that he was denied a part because the other students are afraid of him. Stine sticks to the rough outline of the Dickens story line while including ample twists, chilling situations, and jokes: Rick is accidentally visited by Marleys ghost, who is haunting the wrong house, and Ricks version of the Golden Rule translates to Do it to others before they do it to you. The Ghost of Christmas Past, a hooded figure, whisks Rick to a long-ago school, where he gets a taste of bullying from students who mock him and trick him into diving into a pigpen. The Ghost of Christmas Present allows Ricks peers to speak for themselves, and the final ghost offers Rick a vision of a terrifying, zombie-filled future. Its eerie holiday fun, and Stine resists making Ricks eventual turnaround too sugary-sweet. Ages 912. (Sept.)

 
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