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In an old-fashioned "trapped-in-a-haunted-house" story, twins Riley and Scarlett receive an interesting assignment from their teacher, Mrs. Stermon. Everyone in class needs to do a documentary video about an adventure, something exciting that they experienced. Mrs. Stermon gives them a suggestion, along with their friends Carter, Lee, Danitia, and Mia. She shows them a bro In an old-fashioned "trapped-in-a-haunted-house" story, twins Riley and Scarlett receive an interesting assignment from their teacher, Mrs. Stermon. Everyone in class needs to do a documentary video about an adventure, something exciting that they experienced. Mrs. Stermon gives them a suggestion, along with their friends Carter, Lee, Danitia, and Mia. She shows them a brochure about a scary old house on the edge of town, called Shudder Mansion. "If you six kids and your parents can stay there overnight, you'll all get A's," says the teacher. "I'll even give you extra credit." Just how scary is Shudder Mansion? It's terrifying.


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In an old-fashioned "trapped-in-a-haunted-house" story, twins Riley and Scarlett receive an interesting assignment from their teacher, Mrs. Stermon. Everyone in class needs to do a documentary video about an adventure, something exciting that they experienced. Mrs. Stermon gives them a suggestion, along with their friends Carter, Lee, Danitia, and Mia. She shows them a bro In an old-fashioned "trapped-in-a-haunted-house" story, twins Riley and Scarlett receive an interesting assignment from their teacher, Mrs. Stermon. Everyone in class needs to do a documentary video about an adventure, something exciting that they experienced. Mrs. Stermon gives them a suggestion, along with their friends Carter, Lee, Danitia, and Mia. She shows them a brochure about a scary old house on the edge of town, called Shudder Mansion. "If you six kids and your parents can stay there overnight, you'll all get A's," says the teacher. "I'll even give you extra credit." Just how scary is Shudder Mansion? It's terrifying.

30 review for Escape from Shudder Mansion

  1. 4 out of 5

    Justin Tate

    Unfortunately Shudder Mansion is no Dead House. It lacks a clear vision which is usually Stine's signature strength. It can't quite decide if it's going to be a video game story or a haunted house story and ends up being neither. Much of the book focuses on distractions and nonsense school trifles when it could have built up the villain house and its many inhabitants. As it is, the spooks are a blur of action in an undeveloped world. Although this book was a disappointment, the rest of SlappyWorl Unfortunately Shudder Mansion is no Dead House. It lacks a clear vision which is usually Stine's signature strength. It can't quite decide if it's going to be a video game story or a haunted house story and ends up being neither. Much of the book focuses on distractions and nonsense school trifles when it could have built up the villain house and its many inhabitants. As it is, the spooks are a blur of action in an undeveloped world. Although this book was a disappointment, the rest of SlappyWorld has been a blast. Looking forward to the next one!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    R.L. Stine never runs out of ideas, does he? In this fifth Goosebumps SlappyWorld episode we meet twelve-year-old Riley Shiner and his sister Scarlet, twins who couldn't be much different. Riley is a nervous type and loves video games, while Scarlet is relaxed and naturally funny, making friends easily. Riley's favorite video game is Escape from Shudder Mansion, based on an actual mansion two blocks from their house, and the game's horror elements have instilled in him a fear of the place. Riley R.L. Stine never runs out of ideas, does he? In this fifth Goosebumps SlappyWorld episode we meet twelve-year-old Riley Shiner and his sister Scarlet, twins who couldn't be much different. Riley is a nervous type and loves video games, while Scarlet is relaxed and naturally funny, making friends easily. Riley's favorite video game is Escape from Shudder Mansion, based on an actual mansion two blocks from their house, and the game's horror elements have instilled in him a fear of the place. Riley senses miasmic energy emanating from the real Shudder Mansion, pulling him in. He's even more suspicious when he and Scarlet meet a pretty blonde girl their age hanging around outside the legendary house. Mia acts friendly, but Riley isn't sure she's normal. Is she trying to lure him and Scarlet inside Shudder Mansion? Then Riley's school teacher, Mrs. Blume, sorts her class into teams for a project. Each team will go on an adventure of their choosing and report on it. Aware of Riley's enthusiasm for the Escape from Shudder Mansion video game, Mrs. Blume asks him to spend a night in the real mansion along with Scarlet and a few other kids from class. The place has a strange reputation because of the game based on it, but there's nothing dangerous there, Mrs. Blume assures Riley. From the moment they step inside, however, he feels sure they're making a ghastly mistake. The house's huge interior is identical to the video game. Mia isn't a student in Riley and Scarlet's class, but she's joined their group for the overnight stay, and Riley suspects she's part of a conspiracy by the house to ensnare them all. His paranoia is validated when ghosts and monsters start appearing just like in the game, but he knows every trick to evade death. Exploring Shudder Mansion has become a nightmare for Riley's classmates, but they might survive if he can lead them to an exit as he's done many times in the game. Will Riley be a hero, or is there more to this real-life Shudder Mansion than he grasps? Escape from Shudder Mansion (the book, not the video game) doesn't hold up to scrutiny, but it's an interesting idea even if it would be better served by a young-adult novel. Brandon Dorman's Goosebumps cover artwork isn't known for subtly suggesting horror the way Tim Jacobus's for the original series was, but the cover of Escape from Shudder Mansion leans toward the Jacobus style, a sharp-toothed, drooling monster mostly obscured behind a barred widow. What unspeakable creatures lurk inside the menacing manor? This book isn't the best of SlappyWorld, but if you liked Attack of the Jack you'll probably enjoy it. Long live Goosebumps!

  3. 3 out of 5

    Hew France

    Honestly, one of the best entries in the 'SlappyWorld' series. The ending is a little bit of a stretch, but, on the whole, not bad.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lili

    4-4.5 stars Escape from Shudder Mansion is the fifth book in the Goosebumps SlappyWorld series. Remember Slappy from the Goosebumps series? As I child I find the stories with him to be the creepiest and most thrilling ones. In this book he is not the antagonist monster/creature but the narrator and tells us the story of the twins Riley and Scarlett and their adventure in the creepy old mansion of the neighborhood. For some reason the summary of the book on goodreads doesn't fit to what happened i 4-4.5 stars Escape from Shudder Mansion is the fifth book in the Goosebumps SlappyWorld series. Remember Slappy from the Goosebumps series? As I child I find the stories with him to be the creepiest and most thrilling ones. In this book he is not the antagonist monster/creature but the narrator and tells us the story of the twins Riley and Scarlett and their adventure in the creepy old mansion of the neighborhood. For some reason the summary of the book on goodreads doesn't fit to what happened in the book. On goodreads it says that the siblings together with some classmates get an assignment to have a scary adventure in a hunted house for a school project. But unlike the description on goodreads implies, in my book version, the twins already knew about the haunted mansion because it's a) directly next to their house and b) there is a horror video game that is based on the house and Riley is so addicted to the game that he knows it already by heart. Because of the scary adventures in the game, Riley is very much afraid of the mansion next door. Something his sister and his classmates have little understanding for, because it's only a house, right? But once they get the assignment by their teacher (something dreaded very much so by Riley) and prepare to spend the night in the haunted mansion, they have to realize that maybe Riley wasn't so far off with his fear after all. I really enjoyed this quick and creepy read. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the lame jokes by Slappy and him as a narrator as a whole. Like the other Gossebumps books, it's a middle grade read but I was surprised how scary it was. I mean, not full on scream-your-lungs-out scary but I was definitely on edge the whole time. I haven't even noticed how much this book had me wrapped up and on edge until a noise in my apartment made me jump. All in all, I can say, if you like a quick and slightly scary read, please consider this book. The ending is something you most likely won't see coming (like me). I'd also recommend the audiobook version because the narrators did a fantastic job in conveying the atmosphere and the characters.

  5. 4 out of 5

    American Mensa

    "It's too late...it's the beast!" The famous video game, "Escape from Shudder Mansion," is based on an old house in Riley Shiner's neighborhood. As part of a school assignment, the characters are sent to have an adventure in it. Cal is this book's main character. Cal has a twin sister named Scarlett. "People expect a lot from you when you're twins. For one thing they expect you to look alike." Cal has dark hair and dark eyes, he is short and a little chubby. Scarlett has wavy red hair; blue eyes "It's too late...it's the beast!" The famous video game, "Escape from Shudder Mansion," is based on an old house in Riley Shiner's neighborhood. As part of a school assignment, the characters are sent to have an adventure in it. Cal is this book's main character. Cal has a twin sister named Scarlett. "People expect a lot from you when you're twins. For one thing they expect you to look alike." Cal has dark hair and dark eyes, he is short and a little chubby. Scarlett has wavy red hair; blue eyes and she is skinny and tall. Cal knows the video game, "Escape from Shudder Mansion," as it is his obsession. When they are told to spend the night there by their teacher and to have an adventure, Cal is very tentative. He enters with his sister, Scarlett, and firinds, Cheng, Danitia and Carter. Cheng is a small shy boy; his grandparents go with him on the trip. Danitia is Scarlett's friend. Carter is the class show off and he is also the reason why they must go to the mansion. Will the group make it out of the mansion alive? Or will they be eaten? I recommend this book for ages 8 and up because it is simple. I am a big Goosebumps fan, and this is a great addition to the Slappy World Series. Giovanna P. Age 11, Connecticut/Western Massachusetts Mensa

  6. 3 out of 5

    Billy

    I'm a big fan of haunted house stories, so naturally I was excited to read "Escape From Shudder Mansion." Like the other books in the Goosebumps Slappyworld series, the book opens up with an introduction by the #1 Goosebumps villain, Slappy, but then the book focuses on the main character Riley Shiner, a twelve-year-old who's afraid of the old mansion in his neighborhood that resembles the house from the video game Escape from Shudder Mansion. Of course the boy has to face his fears when his te I'm a big fan of haunted house stories, so naturally I was excited to read "Escape From Shudder Mansion." Like the other books in the Goosebumps Slappyworld series, the book opens up with an introduction by the #1 Goosebumps villain, Slappy, but then the book focuses on the main character Riley Shiner, a twelve-year-old who's afraid of the old mansion in his neighborhood that resembles the house from the video game Escape from Shudder Mansion. Of course the boy has to face his fears when his teachers assigns him, his sister, and a few classmates to make a documentary about the house. Like your typical Goosebumps book, things don't go as planned, resulting in a very twisted ending. Overall, I enjoyed reading Goosebumps Slappyworld: Escape From Shudder Mansion. The characters are likeable and there are plenty of scares throughout the story. The only complaint I have with it, is that the ending twist is a little confusing. I guess the readers will have to use their imaginations to make sense of everything. Nevertheless, it's still an intriguing read.

  7. 3 out of 5

    Erica Locke

    Awesome ending

  8. 5 out of 5

    Earline

    My stepson said this is the best RL Stine book he's read!

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    Elyse

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