Calling All Creeps!

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Scholastic, 1996 - Juvenile Fiction - 116 pages
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In an attempt to get back at the bossy editor-in-chief of the school paper, ex-staff member Ricky Beamer plays a prank that backfires and results in him getting phone calls from local bullies who are really lizards in disguise. Original.

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ISBN 0590568876 – This isn't Stine's best of the Goosebumps series, but it is a nice, quick read and is somewhat amusing. I wouldn't put it high on my list of recommendations, but Stine's hardcore fans will enjoy it.
Ricky Beamer needs his activity hours to graduate sixth grade so when his efforts at the school paper are sabotaged and Tasha, the editor, kicks him off the paper, he's furious. He's been picked on for a long time and this is the final straw. To get his revenge, he sneaks into the school and places a secret message in the paper. It says "Calling all creeps! Call Tasha after midnight!" when he leaves - and when it gets published, it says "Call RICKY" instead!
When the creeps start calling, Ricky's sure who's on the other end - his four enemies, Brenda, Jared, David and Wart. And he's right. What he doesn't know is that he thinks they're creeps, when they're really Creeps - lizard creatures intent on taking over the school - and they think Ricky is their Commander!
As often happens in Stine's books, the ending just doesn't come off right. Throughout the story, Ricky's got one friend, Iris, who seems to disappear at the end, without explanation. Not that most kids will notice that - and the book IS aimed at kids. Still, Stine's done better.
- AnnaLovesBooks

About the author (1996)

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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