The New Girl (novel)
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First edition cover of The New Girl
|Author||R. L. Stine|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|Followed by||The Surprise Party|
The New Girl is the first novel in R. L. Stine's Fear Street series. It was written in 1989 and was one of the earliest horror novels Stine wrote. The New Girl is one of the twelve Fear Street books that were reprinted in 2005.
Corey falls in love with Anna, the new girl at school. The only problem is that he can't tell if she's real: most of his friends have never seen her on campus, and she's not listed in the school's files. When he calls her family's home they are strange and evasive.
In desperation, Corey goes to Anna's house—located on Fear Street—and there her brother tells Corey that Anna is dead. But a few nights later, Anna calls him and asks him to meet her. Anna's passionate kisses convince Corey that his love object is alive.
Corey's friend Lisa finds a dead cat and a piece of paper on its neck. She suspects that this was done by Anna. However, Corey stays loyal and protests. During prom night, Corey goes to the prom with Lisa. She is pushed down by Anna's brother, Brad, although it is revealed that Anna is actually Willa, Anna's sister. Willa killed Anna out of jealousy, following which she assumed Anna's identity.
The School Library Journal commented "the vocabulary is simple, the premise interesting, and the plot compelling, making this book one for reluctant readers". Publishers Weekly described this book as "a tame offering". R. J. Carter from The Trades commented that this book was "a fine example of the crazed killer tales that teens love to spook each other with in the wee hours of the night".
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