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ISBN13: 9780140345803
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One by one, five sixteen-year-old orphans are brought to a strange building. It is not a prison, not a hospital; it has no walls, no ceiling, no floor. Nothing but endless flights of stairs leading nowhere ?except back to a strange red machine. The five must learn to love the machine and let it rule their lives. But will they let it kill their souls? This chilling, suspenseful indictment of mind control is a classic of science fiction and will haunt readers long after the last page is turned.

?An intensely suspenseful page-turner.? ?School Library Journal

?A riveting suspense novel with an anti-behaviorist message that works . . . because it emerges only slowly from the chilling events.? ?Kirkus Reviews

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When Laura finds her homework in her locker with its writing reversed, she?s baffled, until she learns an unbelievable secret: her weird neighbor, Omar, has the ability to travel to the fourth dimension. Laura forces him to take her there?and then, a novice in ?four-space,? she goes there on her own. There?s only one problem?she doesn?t know how to get back. ?A cerebral science-fiction thriller, cunningly constructed to keep the reader involved until the last pages.? ?The Horn Book

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Identical twins Barry and Harry Krasner are house-sitting at their great-uncle's Midwest farm.  It's peaceful at first, but soon they realize there's something about the farmhouse that makes locals stay far away.  The twins are sure that the locked shed out back is their reason why - but what they find there is more shocking than anything they could have imagined.

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iowagirl11, October 15, 2006 (view all comments by iowagirl11)
I have been out of school for 10 years now. One thing I do remember about being in school is having to read this book. I hated reading, but once I started reading this book I couldnt put it down. I finished the book way before I was supposed to, and checked out other books by Mr. Sleator. I highly recommend this book for people of all ages. It will keep you wanting more!
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This is a great book. I picked it up from randomness at my school's library. I also love mysteries so of course this was an excellent choice for me. I just love this book I dont think I'll ever find a book as great as this one. I've never read anything by William Sleator and this book gave me an idea about how he wrights. He made an awesome impression on me. I have to reapeat myself and say that this was a reading experience i will never soon forget, I love this book, almost as much as i love my BF.I recommened this book to all you mystery lovers. I assure you that you'll love it as much as i did but not more because i loved it the most!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140345803
Author:
Sleator, William
Publisher:
Puffin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
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Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
19910431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.00x4.34x.47 in. .24 lbs.
Age Level:
12-UP

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"Synopsis" by ,
When Laura finds her homework in her locker with its writing reversed, she?s baffled, until she learns an unbelievable secret: her weird neighbor, Omar, has the ability to travel to the fourth dimension. Laura forces him to take her there?and then, a novice in ?four-space,? she goes there on her own. There?s only one problem?she doesn?t know how to get back. ?A cerebral science-fiction thriller, cunningly constructed to keep the reader involved until the last pages.? ?The Horn Book
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Identical twins Barry and Harry Krasner are house-sitting at their great-uncle's Midwest farm.  It's peaceful at first, but soon they realize there's something about the farmhouse that makes locals stay far away.  The twins are sure that the locked shed out back is their reason why - but what they find there is more shocking than anything they could have imagined.

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