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Comparing Covers #21: The Stepsister by R.L. Stine

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Welcome to Comparing Covers where I will showcase a book title that has multiple covers; from first editions, re-releases, and international releases.


I was a total Goosebumps fan in my younger years, but there was a time I wanted something a little bit more grown up. The Fear Street Series gave me literal goosebumps because of its creep factor. I look back on it and think that if I were to read them now, it would be totally cheesy. So, I’ll definitely need to dig them out of storage and see what the dust uncovers. But that’s for another time…


I was pleasantly reminded of this series when I was browsing through the shelves at the bookstore. I wondered at the cover because I didn’t recognize it from the classic 90s versions; which had that pseudo Babysitters Club vibe to it with a hint of fright and malice.  I chose The Stepsister today to compare. I will forever love the cheese factor of the original covers so I’m going with the one from 1990. Look forward to reading your thoughts on it. Are you into the cheese or not? LOL.



Emily wants to like her stepsister, but it hasn’t been easy. As soon as Jessie moves in, she takes over Emily’s room, starts wearing Emily’s clothes, makes secret late-night calls on Emily’s phone – and that’s just the beginning!

Before long, Emily is living in total fear of her stepsister. Emily tries complaining to her parents. But Jessie is such a good liar, no one will believe Emily!

Emily’s terror mounts when she picks up Jessie’s diary and learns a horrifying secret from Jessie’s past. Did Jessie really murder someone? Does she plan to murder again? Emily knows she must find out the rest of her stepsister’s dark secret. Her own life depends on it!



Which cover did you vote for and why?


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Angie @ Ba_BAMB

I went for the 2005 cover, so I guess I’m in the majority this time around!

I never read the R.L. Stine books, but you couldn’t keep me away from Christopher Pike! That was probably the only point in my life where my ‘real life friends’ were also reading, and we were able to discuss.


Aleen your share buttons are broke. They only contain title and no link 🙁


Usually, I go for the classic, but like 2005 better and apparently I am not alone!

Nadene @Totally Addicted to Reading

I chose the 2005 cover. I like the tagline and I think the cover is befiiting of a evil step sister.

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

I had to vote for the original cover for sheer nostalgia factor. 🙂

Mary Kirkland

I like the german cover the most. It’s a bit creepier.

Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous)

I like the newer version but the original is too iconic. The moment I see it, I know what I’m in for.


I voted for the 2005 version even though I often love the retro or older style covers. But in this particular case I guess the 2005 version works more for me for some reason. I like the tagline better too.

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