Oddballs by William SleatorOddballs by William Sleator

Oddballs

byWilliam Sleator

Mass Market Paperback | June 1, 1995

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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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William Sleator (1945–2011) was the author of numerous science fiction books for children and young adults, including Interstellar Pig, House of Stairs, and Blackbriar.
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Title:OddballsFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.12 × 4.37 × 0.37 inPublished:June 1, 1995Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

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ISBN - 10:0140374388

ISBN - 13:9780140374384

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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"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