Oddballs

Mass Market Paperback | June 1, 1995

byWilliam Sleator

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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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"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

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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 ...

Author William Sleator was born on February 13, 1945 in Harve de Grace, Maryland. In 1967, he received a BA in English from Harvard University. He mainly writes science fiction novels for young adults. Family relatonships are often a theme in his works. Sleator resides in both Boston, Massachuesetts and Thailand.

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.12 × 4.37 × 0.37 inPublished:June 1, 1995Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

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