Search Results: "William Sleator"


BOOK REVIEW

PARASITE PIG by William Sleator
FICTION
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 >

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THE BOXES by William Sleator
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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THE GREEN FUTURES OF TYCHO by William Sleator
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 >

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THE LAST UNIVERSE by William Sleator
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
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 >

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THE BOY WHO COULDN’T DIE by William Sleator
CHILDREN'S
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

MARCO’S MILLIONS by William Sleator
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >

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ODDBALLS by William Sleator
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >