The Thrill Club
Long before Goosebumps, R.L. Stine wrote the Fear Street series. In typical R.L. Stine fashion, The Thrill Club delivers shock, suspense, and gore. In The Thrill Club, a group of friends meet weekly to try to scare each other with outrageous pranks and scary stories. Talia, the main character, holds the high honor of being the groups "writer." Her stories are read each week. However, lately, Talia has been too busy to write her own stories. So, her boyfriend, Seth, has been writing them for her. Talia doesn't seem to mind because Seth's stories are great. The only member of the Thrill Club that does seem to mind is Shandel. She is upset that she is the main character in one of Talia's stories. Everyone laughs it off as no big deal, until Shandel ends up murdered. Suddenly, Talia's stories are scary for a whole new reason. It seems that her stories are coming true, and her friends are being murdered.
Although this is by no means what I would consider "literature," middle school readers love it! As a 7th grade student, I remember reading every Fear Street book I could find. I loved them. At that time, I thought they were the best thing since sliced bread. Of course, reading them as an adult gives me a new perspective.
Considering the target audience, the book is well written. There is an element of suspense, even if I did figure out the plot in the 3rd chapter. It was still fun reading until the end to find that I was right. The content in the Fear Street books is meant for the older students (middle school age). Afterall, several people are murdered with vivid detail. I've always felt that the Goosebumps books were too predictable and boring. I've watched my students read the Fear Street books in class. They can't seem to put them down. I'm glad for Amazon and Ebay; without them I wouldn't be able to find the whole series!
Although The Thrill Club isn't one of my favorite Fear Street books, it's worth adding to your collection.