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The Curse of Camp Cold Lake was the fifty-sixth book in the Goosebumps book series. It was preceded by The Blob That Ate Everyone and followed by My Best Friend is Invisible.

The illustration on the cover shows a female ghost emerging from the lake.

Plot

Sarah enrolls in Camp Cold Lake, which just happens to be near a lake. Unfortunately, she isn't accepted or treated well at all by the other girls except for one girl, Brianna. In order to get respect from the others, she attempts to stage a false drowning alarm until she can suddenly not resurface, which was not in the plan. She winds up in a ghost world and is taken care of by another ghost named Della until she is able to go back to reality. When she is brought back, she is still made fun of somewhat but eventually manages to get the respect of the other girls. Unfortunately, she is still stalked by Della, whom she is convinced will drown her to be her undead best friend until she is cornered in the woods by Della, who reveals the existance of poisonous snakes in the woods and that was how she died, by snakebite. Sarah is almost about to be bitten when Brianna suddenly appears and knocks away Della, who vanishes into the grass. As Sarah is about to thank Brianna, she suddenly floats above and reveals herself to also be a ghost, killed by Della to be her friend. However, Brianna just didn't like her, but she likes Sarah, and wants her as a best friend. The only way that can happen is if Sarah dies, which Brianna plans to do with a snake as Sarah is powerless and cannot do anything to defend herself.

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Reception

The book received a mixed review from Troy Steele of Blogger Beware. Troy has stated that the book is "frustrating". He praised the eerie snowy camp sequence in the middle, and he thought the twist that Della didn't drown in the lake is both "clever and unexpected". But Troy has also criticized that the final twist with Briana is "illogical", the book's prose was "clunky", and Sarah, the protagonist was "insufferably annoying". He ended up giving the book a "Thumbs Down", although he likes the cover a lot.

The book has a 3.74 out of 5 on Goodreads.com.

Trivia

  • The fact that the girl on the cover does not quite fit the description of Della or Brianna leaves open the idea that we are seeing the ghastly sight that Sarah will eventually become.
  • The story of Della's demise is similar to that of horror movie villain, Jason Voorhees's demise from Friday the 13th.
  • There exists a version in which the book is literally half the book length, although still the same story, various parts were cut.

Goofs

  • Doesn't it seem weird that the counselors didn't notice that Brianna who died a year ago had been enrolling into the camp again?
  • Brianna's death could have been unknown.
  • Why can the camp counselors see Brianna, but not Della?
  • Isn't it strange that Brianna gave Sarah a strange glance when she told her she had seen a ghost?

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