Summary from Amazon: Joseph has always had such good luck that his nickname is Lucky. Tomorrow, he is going to turn thirteen on the thirteenth of the month. He’s the thirteenth child in a family with thirteen kids…and both of his parents are also thirteenth children. With so many thirteens, his luck is bound to run out!
An old man and a woman with a black cat visit Lucky to warn him that he has too many thirteens in his life. And if he collects thirteen thirteens by midnight on his birthday, he’ll unleash evil spirits. Almost as soon as the old man and the woman leave, the bad luck begins. And the thirteens just keep coming: the thirteen doughnuts his teacher gives him, the thirteen he scores on his pop math quiz, the thirteen barks from his normally quiet dog. Now Lucky is driving himself crazy adding up everything he comes across. Can he break the curse of thirteen in time? Clever and fun, The 13th Warning is certain to spook young readers.
Source: Purchased for my Kindle
R.L. Stine is a story telling genius. There are stories that while still fun I'll look back on and say that was not so scary or not as good as I remember. But not this one. Despite being one of the recent Goosebumps I have read (yes I have restarted getting more of these) it was both a scary and mesmerizing read. At just 59 pages the book is a quick read. Yet I found myself worrying for the main character Joseph a.k.a. Lucky from early on. R.L. Stine really knew how to take a mundane and silly visit from the Superstition Society and make it seem genuinely frightening. If that pair had shown up at my door as an adult I would be really uncomfortable. As a kid? No way. That door would have stayed closed until my mother answered it. Mundane accidents took on a whole new meaning with a curse you went back and forth wondering if it might be true or just plain superstition. The ending leaves you with both answers and questions about the whole thing. My only criticism is that this book was not longer. Do an adult version R.L. Stine. Hell, a 200 page YA.
Rating: 5 Stars