Books by William Sleator

THE PHANTOM LIMB by William Sleator
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Even Sleator's confirmed fans will wince at this severely off-key outing. (Suspense. 11-13)"
Not even hammer-and-tongs plotting pounds this jumbled mess of random McGuffins into a coherent whole. Read full book review >
HELL PHONE by William Sleator
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Gross and yucky episodes, a suspense-filled plot and touches of macabre humor will appeal to both horror fans and reluctant readers. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Sleator devotes his considerable talents to a horror story this time. Read full book review >
THE LAST UNIVERSE by William Sleator
Released: April 1, 2005

"Although explanations of quantum events are occasionally heavy-handed, the exploits of these two teens in trouble, guided by a cat with strange abilities, will keep readers turning pages until the very end of this exploration of multiple universes. (Science fiction. 12-14)"
A summer ruined by having to cater to her brother's inexplicable illness leaves Susan friendless, bored and resentful enough to become a poster child for teen angst. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO COULDN’T DIE by William Sleator
Released: March 1, 2004

"Good and creepy, but should be better. (Fiction. 11-15)"
When Ken loses his best friend to a plane crash, he discovers zombie horror—and first love. Read full book review >
PARASITE PIG by William Sleator
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The presence of a few appealing secondary characters, which Interstellar Pig lacked, gives Barney's new story freshness in its own right, and keeps it from being merely a sequel. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Barney and The Piggy are back in this long-awaited, delightfully icky sequel to Interstellar Pig (1995). Read full book review >
MARCO’S MILLIONS by William Sleator
Released: June 1, 2001

"Even so, a very entertaining read. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Another page-turner from the author of such classic science fiction as House of Stairs (1974) and Interstellar Pig (1984). Read full book review >
REWIND by William Sleator
Released: July 1, 1999

"Sleator has a following, but he won't win any new fans with this one. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Another ingenious but leaky story from Sleator (The Boxes, 1998, etc.), likely to leave readers more puzzled than intrigued. Read full book review >
THE BOXES by William Sleator
Released: May 1, 1998

"Readers will have to wait to see if there's a sequel. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Sleator (The Beasties, 1997, etc.) offers a strained mix of aliens and time travel in this tepid work of science fiction. Read full book review >
THE BEASTIES by William Sleator
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Lots of cheap tricks add up to a rushed and silly sideshow. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Sleator (The Night the Heads Came, 1996, etc.) stretches plenty of catgut in this latest shocker about physical dismemberment. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1996

A teenager discovers that his own memories can't be trusted, in another nightmarish tale of alien intrigue from the author of Interstellar Pig (1984) and the more recent Dangerous Wishes (1995). Read full book review >
DANGEROUS WISHES by William Sleator
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Readers will relish the frightful surprises Sleator provides in this credible, intelligent sequel. (Fiction. 11+)"
The supernatural events that plagued the Kamen family in The Spirit House (1991) haunt them still when they journey to Thailand. Read full book review >
OTHERS SEE US by William Sleator
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A weak story from an author who's done much better. (Fiction. 12-14)"
The tension never quite pulls tight in this confusing chiller, perhaps because Sleator introduces too many contrivances. Read full book review >
ODDBALLS by William Sleator
Released: March 1, 1993

"Though he admits to making up a few things, his dedication is telling—'To my family: Please forgive me!' (Slightly fictionalized autobiography. 11-14)"
The author of such reliably offbeat sf thrillers as Strange Attractors (1990) radically changes pace for ten hilarious, semi- autobiographical stories. Read full book review >
THE SPIRIT HOUSE by William Sleator
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"That's a feat—and a treat. (Fiction. 10+)"
Julie, 15, frankly expresses her dread over her family's decision to sponsor a "weird little Asian guy" (from Thailand) as a foreign exchange student, but when stylish Bia arrives to spend a year, he charms them all. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1989

"Like The Boy Who Reversed Himself (1986), the story here is less memorable than the science behind it."
Sleator incorporates the new theories about chaos and its generation into this dark, complex SF story. Read full book review >
THE DUPLICATE by William Sleator
Released: April 1, 1988

"Though Sleator's characters, especially Angela, lack dimension, his plot is developed with a terrifying logic that should keep the pages turning."
When David observes a seagull inexplicably made into two gulls by a machine (labeled "Spee-Dee-Dupe") that he has found on the beach, it occurs to him that this may be a solution to his immediate problem: how to go simultaneously to his grandmother's birthday dinner and on his first date with Angela. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1986

"Similar in some respects, but much inferior to A Wrinkle in Time."
Suppose there were other spatial dimensions, beyond the three that we know—how would we see them? Read full book review >
SINGULARITY by William Sleator
Released: April 1, 1985

"A casual yet crafty interplay of fantasy and sibling psychology: disturbing, funny, and occasionally even touching."
More wonderful weirdness from the author of Interstellar Pig and The Green Futures of Tycho. Read full book review >
INTERSTELLAR PIG by William Sleator
Released: June 11, 1984

"Notwithstanding the crunch of confusing sf-puzzle cliches in this semi-tongue-in-cheek finale: steady, challenging amusement for savvy readers."
From creepy to hilarious to murkily outlandish: a freewheeling science-fiction nightmare/comedy from the inventive author of The Green Futures of Tycho (as well as several non-sf winners). Read full book review >
FINGERS by William Sleator
Released: Oct. 20, 1983

"Even readers unfamiliar with music terms and room service menus can follow the notes and savor the gypsy in these souls."
Sam's mother concocts an impossible scheme to rescue younger son Humphrey's musical career, and the unlikely plan seems to work in this loony, unstrained narrative. Read full book review >
Released: April 30, 1981

"Sleator manipulates the family conflicts and their nightmare transformations expertly—building the ideas through the page-turning action, weaving in subtle variations on the dominant theme, and turning to his own nimble advantage those built-in paradoxes of the time-travel concept which often weaken similar stories."
An odd, egg-shaped object, planted by aliens in the mesozoic swamp, is found about 80 million years later by Tycho Tithonis, an eleven-year-old digging in his garden. Read full book review >
THAT'S SILLY by William Sleator
Released: April 14, 1981

"However, without the imagined life that wins assent for magic, pretending, or realistic fiction, it might strike children as an arid sort of distinction."
The power of pretending—or is it magic?—is ingeniously but mechanically developed in the interplay between Tony, who likes to pretend, and pragmatic Rachel, who scoffs at his make-believe. Read full book review >
ONCE SAID DARLENE by Steven Kellogg
Released: March 22, 1979

"The message is clearly pro-fantasy, but Sleator's sentences are thumpingly prosaic—and his concocted surprise ending rings no truer than Darlene's stories."
"Darlene liked to make up stories." Read full book review >
INTO THE DREAM by William Sleator
Released: March 5, 1979

"Far-fetched, but fast-paced—kids with a taste for psi-fi fantasy won't stop to look down."
"Maybe we should call the police," Paul suggests. Read full book review >
AMONG THE DOLLS by William Sleator
Released: Oct. 13, 1975

"An ingenious, teasing little twist on behavior control, with just enough psychological furnishing to materialize the spooky fascination of old dollhouses."
The antique dollhouse Vicky's parents buy for her tenth birthday—instead of the hoped-for ten-speed bike—distresses her even more when she finds herself inside it, the prisoner and intended slave of the contentious doll family whose nasty dispositions she herself has programmed in her unhappy play sessions. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF STAIRS by William Sleator
Released: April 1, 1974

"But Sleater does a masterly job of differentiating and developing his five human subjects, compelling readers to share in the process of their enlightenment, and communicating his ominous conjecture."
A riveting suspense novel with an anti-behaviorist message that works, despite the lack of subtlety or originality, because it emerges only slowly from the chilling events. Read full book review >
RUN by William Sleator
Released: April 17, 1973

"In the rush towards a dramatic ending, somehow an innocuous message about irrational fears and sympathy for the underdog turn into a liberal guilt fantasy, and Sleator's inability to give speech or substance to non-middle class characters — whether junkie or cop — becomes painfully obvious."
Sleator did so well with the medieval haunted house Blackbriar (KR, 1972) that it's a shame to see him fumble in an attempt to inject some contemporary relevance into a well paced suspense melodrama. Read full book review >
BLACKBRIAR by William Sleator
Released: April 19, 1972

"Bolt the cellar door; watch your cat closely for personality changes, and follow him — vicariously."
Blackbriar is perfectly eerie — the isolated country cottage has a secret passageway, an unsavory past (it was used as a pesthouse during the 17th century plague), an eccentric neighbor (Lord Harleigh who's overheard plotting with the village librarian), and even a resident ghost with the delightful name of Mary Peachy. Read full book review >