SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Billy and Sheena always expect adventure when they join their uncle, Dr. Deep, aboard his hi-tech boat. What they don't expect is a treasure hunt leading to a 200-year-old sea captain...who refuses to stay dead!
Just when they think the tide is turning, Billy and Sheena accidentally dive into a dangerous mystery. A chilling surprise awaits them in HorrorLand, the theme park where their worst nightmare is about to come to life.
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These books are a production. They are similar to classic radio story hours with sound effects, music, and dramatic, over-the-top voices. This is a series of updated and re-vamped R. L. Stine books. The formula is simple: kids experience mysterious supernatural events and (after overcoming the horrors) get invited to an amusement park called Horrorland. The final half hour of each book builds on an over-arching plot in Horrorland that encompasses all of the new characters and villains.
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In the second of the Horrorland series, Creep from the Deep, Billy and his sister Sheena are visiting their uncle, Dr. Deep, a marine biologist with a mini-submarine and (unrealistically) no staff to speak of. The uncle is looking for a sunken pirate ship and has invited his nephew and niece along for the summer. They end up on a deserted island running from zombie pirates, who have what is probably my favorite chant from any of the books: "You ended our death. You ended our sleep. The men come alive in the briny deep. So come with us, come with the men. And meet your fate with Captain Ben."
This story was less "scary" than Revenge of the Living Dummy, but it also had a more exotic and refreshing backdrop with the ocean/desert island set-up. The characters from this story were present in the old Goosebumps books Deep Trouble I & II, but in reality Creep from the Deep is a complete revision of the siblings' story. It's well done--neither my husband, stepdaughter, nor I thought there was any missing background information or disjointed narrative. There is also more of a focus on family working together against the enemy and less petty in-fighting than in the previous novel, which we appreciated.
My stepdaughter loved the chant by the zombie pirates, too, and has since made up her own chant for when we go swimming. I don't think this story is her favorite--she tends to prefer the book narrated by girls--but I do think it's her favorite male-narrated story so far (we're on book 9). She gives it 4.5/5.
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