House Of Stairs by William SleatorHouse Of Stairs by William Sleator

House Of Stairs

byWilliam Sleator

Mass Market Paperback | April 1, 1991

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This chilling, suspenseful indictment of mind control is a classic of science fiction and will haunt readers long after the last page is turned.

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?  

"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

William Sleator (1945-2011) is the author of numerous science fiction books for children and young adults, including Interstellar Pig, House of Stairs, and Blackbriar.
Title:House Of StairsFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.19 × 4.44 × 0.45 inPublished:April 1, 1991Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140345809

ISBN - 13:9780140345803

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from good for teens I am an English teacher and have read this book aloud to several junior high classes. It works. They adjust to the weird setting and love to hate the characters who each have their own weaknesses.It has a lot to say about how we treat one another. It is fast moving, funny in places,and offers many topics for creative thinking and writing. I also like it because it can introduce science fiction to students who have never tried it.
Date published: 2000-06-15

From Our Editors

Five sixteen-year-old orphans of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in a house of endless stairs as subjects for a psychological experiment on conditioned human response

Editorial Reviews

"When people talk about classic dystopian novels for young readers, the same titles come up again and again: The GiverCity of Ember. A few others. But one classic book in that subgenre deserves a lot more love: House of Stairs by William Sleator."