Search Results: "William Sleator"


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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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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 >

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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 >

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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 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 >

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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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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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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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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 >