Night of the Living Dummy

Goosebumps #7

R.L. Stine

fiction childrens horror young adult
dark mysterious tense fast-paced

134 pages | first published 1993

When twins Lindy and Kris find a ventriloquist's dummy in a Dumpster, Lindy decides to "rescue" it, and she names it Slappy. But Kris is green with envy. It's not fair. Why does Lindy get to have all the fun and all the attention? Kris decides to get a dummy of her own. She'll show Lindy. Then weird things begin to happen. Nasty things. Evil things. It can't be the dummy causing all the trouble, Can it?

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tense 57%
dark 42%
funny 42%
mysterious 42%
adventurous 28%
lighthearted 14%


fast 87%
medium 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 25%

Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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Flaws of characters centre-stage?

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