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January 17, 2009

Beach House

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Beach House

Author: R. L. Stine

Page Length: 210

Reading Level: 3

Genre: Fiction-Horror         

PLOT SUMMARY: Maria, Stuart, Amy, Ronnie, and Buddy are all at the beach in the summer of 1956.  When Stuart and Ronnie de-pant Buddy and leave him nude in the ocean, the girls get a good laugh at Buddy with the boys.  However, the four-some do not realize that Buddy was embarrassed by the incident.  He is so embarrassed that he wants revenge.

In Part 2 of the book, the setting is on the same beach with another group of teens, but the time is 50 years later.  Ross, Ashley, Kip and Lucy are spending time together at the ocean when they meet Brad, a very wealthy, good-looking but serious guy. One night, Kip and Lucy fail to return home.  Their disappearance is a mystery. Ashley becomes interested in Brad, and decides to break-up with Ross when his jealousy causes a scene at Brad’s mansion on Ocean Drive.  Lucky for Ashley, Ross follows her after the break-up to watch her activities.

In both parts of the book, there is a mysterious “Beach House” that no one has ever lived in.  The house contains a secret that is not revealed until late in the story.

REVIEW: The book is written in six parts with flashbacks from the 1950’s to the present.  It is suspenseful with serial killers in each era. For those who like suspense and mystery, and do not scare easily, this is a great book to read. 

TOUCHY AREAS-PAGES: The book’s theme is of several violent murders. However, if the reader starts the book, knowing that its genre is “Horror”, I feel the book is age appropriate for the high school reader.

AREAS OF TEACHING: Setting, Theme, Conflict, Character

RELATED BOOKS: The Boyfriend, The Girlfriend, Call Waiting, and Hit and Run

MOVIE CONNECTIONS: I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), Scream (1996), and Prom Night (1980)


REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner

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