House of Stairs

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Dutton, 1974 - Juvenile Fiction - 166 pages
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Five fifteen-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.

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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

Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1974)

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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