House of Stairs

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Puffin Books, Apr 1, 1991 - Juvenile Fiction - 166 pages
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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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User Review  - BrynDahlquis - LibraryThing

Probably one of the creepiest books I've ever read. William Sleator quite literally drags up the worst slivers of human nature, preying on very deep fears. It's kind of like the reader is a character ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mirandalg14 - LibraryThing

Psychological rat-type testing on humans. Makes you think about human behavior and how it can be shaped by others. Goes along with the testing done years ago when the subject would shock someone just because someone in "authority" told them to. A fun Alfred Hitchcock type story. Read full review

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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 wrote science fiction novels for young adults. His first novel, Blackbriar, was published in 1972. He wrote more than 30 books including House of Stairs, Interstellar Pig, The Green Futures of Tycho, Strange Attractors, The Spirit House, The Boy Who Couldn't Die, and The Phantom Limb. His picture book, The Angry Moon, won a Caldecott Award in 1971. He died on August 3, 2011 at the age of 66.

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