Be Careful what You Wish For...

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Scholastic Incorporated, 1993 - Juvenile Fiction - 121 pages
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The laughingstock of the girls' basketball team, klutzy Samantha Byrd is determined to pay back mean Judith Bellwood for making fun of her on the court, but she never expects her revenge to get so out of hand. Original.

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If there's one thing this book teaches you, it's that you SHOULD be careful what you wish for. This book's cover used to terrify me for unknown reasons when I was younger, but it only still scares me 10% right now. This book was horribly scary (in a good way!), and it had lots of tense drama that made you reluctant to keep turning pages. But still, what's good now could become legendary later. 

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ISBN 0590494473 - Samantha's a terrible basketball player but she's on the school team anyway - only because she's tall. Her height gets her attention she'd rather not have, especially from Judith. Judith makes fun of her all the time, and Samantha's tired of it. So when she meets a woman who offers her three wishes, Samantha can't resist aiming those wishes at Judith. She doesn't really believe the woman can make wishes come true... until one DOES come true... and things don't turn out quite the way that Samantha thought they would.
Not exactly a novel idea, this story's been told many times before, but Stine does a nice job of making it appealing to young readers. The ending is cute, not scary, but it doesn't take anything away from the book. Worthwhile, but don't knock yourself out to find a copy unless you're a serious Stine fan.
- AnnaLovesBooks

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R. L. Stine was born in Columbus Ohio on October 8, 1943. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1965. Under the name Jovial Bob Stine, he wrote dozens of joke books and humor books for kids including How to Be Funny, 101 Silly Monster Jokes, and Bozos on Patrol. He also created Bananas, a zany humor magazine which he worked on for ten years. His first teen horror novel, Blind Date, was published in 1986 under the name R. L. Stine. His other works include Beach House, Hit and Run, The Babysitter, The Girlfriend, the Goosebumps series, and the Fear Street series. He also wrote an adult novel entitled Superstitious.

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