Flashback Friday reviews are of books that I read as a teen, reread now years later :)
Author: R.L. Stine
Publication Date: 1989
Originally Read: around the same time
(from back cover)
From the minute Jenny accepted the Hagen baby-sitting job, she knew she had made a mistake.
First there was the dark and disheveled Hagen house, moaning and groaning with her every step. Then the crank phone calls started. "Hi, Babes. Are you all alone? Company's coming." When Jenny discovered a creepy neighbor prowling in the backyard and a threatening note in her backpack, she realized this wasn't a harmless game.
But who would want to hurt her? What kind of maniac wanted to scare Jenny... to death?
Oh man, it was books like this one that lead me to love R.L. Stine so much when I was kid! Looking back on it now....pretty cheesy - but I still love it!
Jenny was such a annoying character. She was terrified of babysitting at the Hagen's, but she went back every week. She found people lurking around, received strange phone calls and was even sent a threatening letter but she writes it off as nothing and then, when she's back at the Hegen's she's terrified again!
Oh, and don't get me started on Mr. Hagen!
Have to say, the ending, while a little short, was suspenseful. Also, that cover? I remember it very well - and even now, when I look at it, all I can think of is "why is she so cold? oh wait, I guess she's afraid...no...still looks cold to me"
Apparently I missed out because unbeknownst st to me, Mr Stine wrote not 1 not 2 but 3 more Baby-Sitter books! Couldn't believe there were 4 in all! There is a lovely little empty space on my bookcase where I'm sure they will fit - need to find me those babies!
Did any of you guys read this one when you were younger? What do you think?