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How I Learned To Fly - Ramuan Ajaib (Goosebumps #52)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  2,357 ratings  ·  74 reviews
He's got his head in the clouds. For real . . . Wilson Schlame loves to make Jack Johnson feel like a total loser. And Jack's had it. That's how he ended up down at the beach. In a creepy, old abandoned house. In the dark. Trying to hide from Wilson.But everything is about to change. Because Jack just dug up the coolest book. It's called Flying Lessons. It tells how humans
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 1997 by PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published 1997)
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This book is a hot mess. Jack Johnson is a 12-year-old who is in a pissing contest with another 12-year-old named Wilson Schlame. I don't get it. I thought testosterone poisoning set in a little later than this. Maybe I was wrong. The boys compete with each other in EVERYTHING and Wilson always wins. He's a complete asshole who has to one-up Jack on everything Jack attempts to do.

What's the root of all this?

A cute girl, of course! Her name is Mia. The boys make complete idiots out of themselves
Blessie Anne
Whoa. Goosebumps huh. I started collecting these upon chancing one at a book sale when we went home to my dad's hometown for the holidays. And ever since, I got the impulse to just collect em all. I have over 34 books of the original series and I recently found this one.

Right. How I learned to fly. This story story is actually quite different in a way with the other Goosebumps books. One, flying is not scary at all (*spoiler ahead*unless Jack somehow transformed into a real bird from gulping th
April Baird

I love writing Goosebumps book reviews XD. They are truly amazing books that leave you hanging for more, even though the story has finished, however this is the intention in having the reader imagine the rest. “How I learned to fly” by R.L. Stine, is one of my favorite books of the series ( haha I always say that, they are all my favorite). the genre is Adventure, comedy, and horror (not that scary, more intense levels) and fantasy. The story is in 1st person view, its generally focused on the m
Sarah Marie
2.75 stars. I really enjoyed the message and how this one played out. Review to come!
If you're a veteran fan of the Goosebumps books, you should check out where some guy reads, rates and reviews every single one of the original series, plus a a few extras, with hilarious results.

But his review of How I Learned to Fly, hits right on the mark. This shouldn't have been a Goosebumps book, it's an almost sweet story. Of course, it has the wince-inducing awkward prose, implausibilities, and dead-horse beating BUT, the ending and how it works out between Jack, out pro

This book was a lot different from the other GOOSEBUMPS books that I've read because I didn't find it scary at all. I did find it really annoying, but that's probably b/c Jack and Wilson are both so childish. Yes, I know they are children so it makes sense but I did find their constant competing over Mia to be a bit much. Other than the fact that the boys were your typical macho boys, like I mentioned before, I didn't find this story very scary at all. In fact I thought it was pretty cool. Wh
Maggie Gordon
How I Learned to Fly is another bizarre genre switch to Goosebumps. Rather than being a traditional horror, it's more of a cautionary sci-fi tale without a lot of science. Jack constantly feels outshone by Wilson, so when Jack finds a book claiming to teach people to fly, he thinks that it must be the perfect way for him to differentiate himself from Wilson! He mixes up the special recipe, almost loses his dog in the process, but now he can fly! Unfortunately, Wilson saw him and stole some of th ...more
Melinda Fisher
I got this book at a second hand book sale. I'm really getting into Goosebumps because I missed it when I was younger.

This is one of the milder books in the series. It's not scary at all. In fact it could almost be a sweet, moral story. If it wasn't for R.L Stine's technique of ending almost every chapter on a cliff-hanger, you might not guess it was written by him.

12 year old Jack Johnson has a crush on his classmate Mia, but he has trouble impressing her because his rival Wilson keeps showing
Isabel Orama
The book that I read today was about a boy named Jack Johnson. He is in 6th grade and has lots of friends. This boy in jacks class named Wilson is always annoying Jack and try's to make a fool of him. Jack and Wilson are always doing races to see who wins, but of course, Wilson always wins. So, one day, a girl in jacks class named Mia had a birthday party. The whole class came to her house. Jack didn't feel like going because Wilson was there. But, since his friends where going, he wanted to go ...more
Steven Boyer
I really enjoy reading Goosebumps books,especially this was my favorite books in all of those Goosebumps books. The main characters in this book was Jack , Wilson, and Mia. Jack and Wilson was a friend that like or love a cutiest girl in that town named Mia, Wilson he usualy like to show off in front of Mia espicially when she is nearby and Jack he is much better looking and athletic than Wilson. Then one day Mia invite all of her classmates and also Jack and Wilson, then Wilson show off again i ...more
Frank Anousone
I really enjoy reading goosebumps books, especially this book one of my favourite book in goosebumps.
The story was a little sad at first, because the main character who had a crush on a cutest girl in his town. But no matter what he will lose his rival, who always winning him in everything. At first i think he should give up on everything. But at that moment from flat character he became a dynamic character, because he found a book that shows that humans can fly. Now I think he can finally win
Mehreen Chowdhury
Goosebumps is very famous among the children. However, I always found my sister to read these books. Of course she is not a child but she loves Goosebumps. After reading this book I came to know the reason behind it. It's awesome!

When I started to read, I could not stop myself until I finished. The story was about Jack who felt like a loser in front of Wilson at everything. Wilson made things worst whenever Jack tried to impress Mia. Mia is the most cutest girl at their School.

One day Jack got
Yomna hosny
Wow! my entire childhood just flashed before my eyes. I've really missed Goosebumps. I used to collect them when I was a kid, I had almost 60 then I gave my entire collection to my little cousins. I thought I was over that stage, I guess not :)
Ruth Ann
A Goosebumps movie with Jack Black is coming out soon. As a kid, I never wanted to read these books. As an elementary classroom teacher, these books were popular with some students but I still never actually read one. So this is the first Goosebumps book I have ever read. It wasn't scary, except for the rats in the basement of the abandoned house. The plot involved two boys competing for the attention of a cute girl named Mia and the ending was surprising because it had moral virtue. Who knew? I ...more
Mina Grenier
I find it strange that it's not scary.
The main character of this book jack and Wilson always seem to have a rivalry towards the girl they like which is Mia. Wilson always though seems to show off jack since he is much better looking and athletic than jack. One day they go to a party of Mia's but once again Wilson turns up to show off to jack and its the last straw. He storms out angry and ends up in a abandoned house yet he falls into the basement and discovers a book on how to fly. He makes the potion needed and eats it and learns ...more
I remember when my sister used to read different books from this series and then tell me the story (I didn't like reading back then ^^") and when I first read one of these books I really LOVED it! and wanted to read more but didn't know from where to buy them. Then, I finally found this at Magrudy's and bought this one (they only had 3 books) and read it.

Anyway, I expected the ending of the book to be something "scary" (for children I mean, not for me :P) or something like that (like the one ab
Evelin Chavez
In the book there is to charectors tha like to compite against eachother. One of the one that like to compite is Wilson. The other one is Jack. One day Jack found a book and it said,"How to learn how to fly." He finally learns how to fly and he wants to race Wilson. When the race starts he wants to fly. When he starts he sees Wilson in the air flying. He was surprised and starded flying. He found out Wilson learned how to fly by the book that Jack found.

My opinion about the book is its kanda g
Goosebumps is a popular series of horror books for childre, this story in particular is somewhat different from the other books in the series still dealing with supernatural themes such as flying. Its an interesting book to read as it deals with a lot of school themes such as rivalry between kids and even *cough*crushesongirls*cough*. it has a good moral to the story that emphasises to children that some things are more important than showing off and trying to impress other people (such as havin ...more
its such a good experience to read this book
in this book,jack wants to beat wilson who is always jealous of him as well as to impress mia
readind a book doesn't means just to read the particular book but while reading the book we should imagine all the that things that the author is trying to say
I really like this book from the goosebumps category by R.L. Stine...
Reading this one somehow make me emotional like i wanna push one of the character to jump over the cliff and so i can watch the char dead ironically. lol. the ending is unexpected too and so satisfying. This is the best of the best.
Currently rereading my original Goosebumps collection

We all know a person like Wilson! The overly competitive in all aspects of life kinda guy. Well, Wilson is the kid that grinds Jack's gears in How I Learned to Fly. This entry in the series takes a complete left turn and has a very different style. It's not so much scary but focuses more on the decisions made by the main character, and the consequences thereafter. I also enjoyed the use of description in the book, specifically when Jack is in
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Hamza Ansari
Even as a kid, R.L. Stine's books never scared me or gave me the titular feeling but somehow he made every story intriguing and fresh and How I Learned To Fly is one of the best. The story may seem simple: A boy mysteriously learns how to fly and quickly learns the horror that comes with it. It explores on the themes of how everyone has this big dream of becoming like a free bird and just take off anywhere, anytime! It also explores on paranoia, humiliation and keeping secrets. I always had this ...more
Raevyn ~I Stand For Jesus~
As usual, the writing and ending were both meh, but I LOVELOVELOVE the premise and I might use something similar-ish in one of my novels.
Enjoying it so far. I'm trying to read my way through my R.L. Stine collection. :)
Aidan Michael
Jack Johnson is being bullied he hides and finds a book,the he learns to fly.
Bookiemom LG
I read this book to my class and I really enjoyed it. Good writing and my students loved it
Wilson is a jerk. I wanted him to have an accident.
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