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Scared Stiff

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  268 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Rick and Kenny's Pa was right -- troubles really do happen in threes. First Pa's truck was robbed, then Pa ran off, leaving Rick, Kenny, and Ma to fend for themselves, and now Ma has disappeared, too. Rick just knows Ma would never leave them on purpose -- but then, where is she? Waiting in Uncle Henry's trailer park doesn't seem like the best way to find out.
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Aladdin (first published 1991)
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Apr 16, 2010 Morgan added it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Morgan by: my teacher
Scared Stiff is about Rick and his little brother Kenny, and there mom and dad. One day Pa came home and told them that a load of new TVs he'd been caring around have been taken while he was going to go eat. E & F, believed that it was all Pa's fault, and blamed him for the missing TVs. E & F is a trucking company that Ma and Pa worked at. Pa is like really mad, Ma sent Rick and Kenny to their rooms while Ma and Pa talk. Next morning Pa was gone, and nobody knew where he went. It was the ...more
Lola C.
Oct 23, 2016 Lola C. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
October; Scared Stiff; Willo Davis Roberts

Scared Stiff had its up and downs in the book and your emotions. First, Pa had a trailer of TVs stolen. He works for a trucking company called E&F Trucking with his wife. Ma jumped to conclusions and thought that Pa was some part of this scheme and they got into a fight. After calming down a bit they went to bed. Ma woke up to see Pa was nowhere t0 be seen. A little while later Rick and Kenny (The protagonists of this book) come back from their last
Oct 28, 2016 Noah rated it really liked it
The book "Scared Stiff" is an explanatory book that captures the fear and sadness of children that first lose their father because of a massive argument the parents got into, then lose their mother because she is stolen by kidnappers. The book starts off with a bang when Rick and Kenny Van Huler lost their father "Pa" due to a huge argument "Pa and Ma" got into. If that's not bad enough Rick remembers what his father said about things always coming in pairs of three. So Rick starts to think what ...more
Nov 30, 2016 Erica rated it really liked it
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Bianca Patino
Oct 27, 2013 Bianca Patino rated it liked it
What would you do if you Mom disappeared, and your dad ran off? The book scared stiff is a mystery novel written by: Willo Davis Roberts. In my opinion Scared Stiff wasnt really a good book because it really didnt grab my attention.

Pa's truck was robbed then he ran off leaving Rick, Kenny, and Ma. Now Ma has disappeared, too. Rick knows that his mom wouldnt have just left him and Kenny behind, but where is she? While waiting for her they stay with Uncle Henry in a RV Park, which is next to an
Henry Power
Oct 15, 2012 Henry Power rated it really liked it
In the book Scared Stiff the main character Rick, which is 11 years old and is the narrator of the book, soon learns that problems really do come in threes. After a load of TVs is stolen from his dad's 18 wheeler. His dad leaves his family after an argument with his mom, and then his mother goes missing.

Rick knows that his mom would never leave him and his little brother Kenny. Rick remembers that on the way home from school, Rick and Kenny saw their mom talking nervously to someone in a black c
Apr 17, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it
Seriously. If you had to run for your life to escape the bad guys, what better place (as a kid) to run and hide in than an amusement park?! This is another of this Willo Davis Roberts books that I read and loved as a kid. I want to reread this one because I have such fond memories of it, but I'm almost aftaid to.

**Reread it, and liked it, but obviously not as much as when I was young. I will say- this book, and other books like it (many, but not all, by WDR) are the reason that as a young kid (
Dec 17, 2013 Baileigh rated it really liked it
This novel Scared Stiff is a great book, it is a little intense but nothing scary. It is about two young children and their mother leaving them. One of the children believe the mother had abandoned him, and the other to believe she has been kidnapped. But, neither will give up until they find out what has happened. Whether you like to read intense books or not, I don’t think there is any way you could not like this book. I would recommend it to anybody, but mostly people who like a mystery. Ther ...more
Dec 29, 2010 Tara rated it it was amazing
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Melanie Au
Mar 09, 2010 Melanie Au rated it liked it
After a load of televisions is stolen from his father's delivery truck and Rick's father suddenly packs up and leaves their family, Rick is sure nothing worse could happen -- until his mother also disappears. With both his parents gone, Rick and his younger brother are sent to live with their Uncle who resides in a purple trailer home by an abandonned amusement park. Rick is sure something fishy is going on, but the police dismiss his pleas for help and tell him that his mother has taken off on ...more
Anne Broyles
May 16, 2012 Anne Broyles rated it liked it
I found this book too scary as I read it, thinking of 8-12-year-old readers. The news is so often full of mothers being kidnapped, then murdered by husbands, children caught in domestic squabbles, people tortured for no rational human reason. Roberts did not go down any of those roads, but I still felt nervous reading it for myself and young readers. Apparently, kids that age can handle the stress of all that two young brothers go through after their mother disappears. And with an abandoned amus ...more
Cole T
Oct 07, 2013 Cole T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a really interesting book. It had a lot of mystery and that's one thing I liked about it. Another thing was that it was really boring in the first half ten it picked up and became really interesting and I couldn't seem to put the book down!!! I would highly recommend this book to people who have a harder time reading and like mystery. It's really good! It had a lot of suspense. The ending was my favorite part of the book because it basically recaps the whole book in like four sentences!!! ...more
Mar 28, 2015 Aditi rated it really liked it
This is a children's book, but my daughter insisted I read it because she liked it so much. It's a suspense novel for kids and it's written very well. The mystery of a boy's missing mother unravels in a abandoned old amusement park. The book has plenty of descriptive language and complicated plot scenarios to keep a young reader interested and learn about modern crooks. I was so happy to hear that my little reader enjoyed this mystery that I had to oblige her and read it as well. Someday soon we ...more
Elise Hedlund
Feb 28, 2015 Elise Hedlund rated it liked it
I liked this book. The action scenes and the ending were exceptional! But the rest of the book was kind of disappointing. It was very confusing to read at first, and it was boring to read about most of what happened outside of Wonderland. Although the author had a really cool style, I just didn't like it too much. The ending, though, was one of the most suspenseful, exciting endings I've read for a while, but I think it was wasted on a book like this. While some of the book was good, some was ba ...more
Pablo Luna
Nov 16, 2015 Pablo Luna rated it liked it
This book was about a boy named rick who's parents got seperated during the argument they were having. One day ricks mom send rick and his brothers to go to the grocery to pick up food. When they got home Their mom was not rick went on to find his mom. On the way he went to go search for her in an abandoned amusement park.Then at the end he finds his mom. This book is about a search and about an amusement park.
Feb 01, 2014 Abby rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book. The writing of Willo Davis Roberts was so powerful. I could really picture everything he was talking about during the book. This book was a mix of adventure, mystery, and in a way, murder. The end brought tears to my eyes. I recommend this book to peers that like the genres I talked about above. I could not put down this book. Highly recommended!
Feb 03, 2010 Kate rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Boys, girls, and adults ages 10 and up
Shelves: 5-star
Amazing! So much action! Unlike most of Willo Davis Robert's books, this one has boys as the main characters, not girls. I would suggest this book to anybody. I read it in less than a week! (That is good for me.) Of course, I think it needs a sequal!
Jan 27, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
Fun mystery for older elementary. The abandoned amusement park added a good twist to the action of trying to find out what happened to Rick and Kenny's mom. Julie and Connie were great additions to the mystery solving team.
Nov 26, 2008 Jenn rated it really liked it
A very, very quick read. I loved the idea of being able to play in an abandoned Wonderland, and since I live somewhat close to canada's Wonderland I envisioned it taking place there.

A somewhat unbelievable missing parents tale, it was quite enjoyable anyway.
Jul 26, 2016 Ckelley rated it really liked it
Not as good as the first time I read it, but still an incredibly strong suspense story of two boys trying to figure out what some paperwork and a strange footprint might have to do with their parents disappearance.
Oct 25, 2014 Jody rated it liked it
My fifteenth Battle of the Books book...five to go! This is a mystery (slightly cheeseball, but perfect for a fifth grader) that takes place in and around an amusement park. Quick read, actually.
Heather Chambers
Jun 24, 2009 Heather Chambers rated it liked it
I think I read this when I was in the third grade...and then I promptly read it 3 more times. It was my favorite book for the next 2 years!
Jul 16, 2011 Julia rated it it was amazing
I haven't read one book by willow davis roberts that i haven't loved. this was yet another one of those books. scared stiff was awesome!
May 05, 2009 Terrance rated it really liked it
I learned that you are supposed to always supposed to be alert of danger and hotdogs are really good when you put them in the microwave!
Jan 13, 2016 Sharie rated it liked it
Shelves: reading-level-ya
Pretty low-level reader. Seems like it's written by a kid. Of course, it's told from the 11 y.o. p.o.v. Not too far-fetched of a story, but kind of pat ending. Likable but not a fav.
Duncan Prescott
Jun 14, 2012 Duncan Prescott rated it liked it
A good MG story but sometimes from the first person narrative he seemed older. The story took quite a while to set up but was good once that was done.
Nov 17, 2011 Demetria rated it it was amazing
This was a great read. GREAT GREAT READ. It captivated, much adventure, and meaning to the story. You have to add yourself in the book, in order to understand it. 5 stars.
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Willo Davis Roberts was an American writer chiefly known for her mystery novels for children and young adults. She won Edgar Allan Poe awards in 1989, 1995, and 1997 for best juvenile and best young adult mysteries. Her books included The View from the Cherry Tree, Twisted Summer, Don't Hurt Laurie, Megan's Island, Baby-sitting is a Dangerous Job, Hostage, The Girl with Silver Eyes, The One Left B ...more
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