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Publisher Comments:

"From creepy to hilarious to murkily outlandish: a freewheeling science fiction nightmare/comedy from the inventive William Sleator . . . Steady, challenging amusement for savvy readers".--Kirkus Reviews, pointer review. An ALA Notable Book; ALA Best Book for Young Adults.

Review:

The author of such reliably offbeat sf thrillers as Strange Attractors (1990) radically changes pace for ten hilarious, semi- autobiographical stories. With affection and a splendid sense of comic timing, Sleator drags forth incidents from his family closet's darkest recesses--the time young Tycho was hypnotized and then made to drink from the toilet; an indignant skit that laid bare the failings of certain parents, to their vast amusement; rough-and-tumble car games; and deliciously horrifying pranks played on unsuspecting passersby. Vivid characterizations (sister Vicky ``had always enjoyed making dolls fight with each other; when the dolls wore out, she ripped off their arms and legs. Now she is a nurse'') always balance foibles with saving graces; embarrassment is eased by laughter, while painful circumstances always come right in the end. Sleator shows how, in a loosely run household presided over by indulgent working parents, he and his three siblings developed confident, independent spirits. Though he admits to making up a few things, his dedication is telling ? ``To my family: Please forgive me!'' ? Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140374384
Author:
Sleator, William
Publisher:
Puffin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Juveniles
Subject:
Sleator, William
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
February 1995 no. 4
Publication Date:
19950631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.34x4.40x.39 in. .21 lbs.
Age Level:
12-UP

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Product details 144 pages Puffin Books - English 9780140374384 Reviews:
"Review" by , The author of such reliably offbeat sf thrillers as Strange Attractors (1990) radically changes pace for ten hilarious, semi- autobiographical stories. With affection and a splendid sense of comic timing, Sleator drags forth incidents from his family closet's darkest recesses--the time young Tycho was hypnotized and then made to drink from the toilet; an indignant skit that laid bare the failings of certain parents, to their vast amusement; rough-and-tumble car games; and deliciously horrifying pranks played on unsuspecting passersby. Vivid characterizations (sister Vicky ``had always enjoyed making dolls fight with each other; when the dolls wore out, she ripped off their arms and legs. Now she is a nurse'') always balance foibles with saving graces; embarrassment is eased by laughter, while painful circumstances always come right in the end. Sleator shows how, in a loosely run household presided over by indulgent working parents, he and his three siblings developed confident, independent spirits. Though he admits to making up a few things, his dedication is telling ? ``To my family: Please forgive me!'' ?
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