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  - Martina - Goodreads

I know, I know... House of stairs is children's book. That's evident from the writing style and somewhat simplified narration. However, the topic, the premise, the subtle worldbuilding... Sleater ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bonnie Brien - Goodreads

I think I would have liked this psychological experiment book more when I was an actual teen or younger adult. It was definitely interesting, and I was able to read it in about 90 minutes on an airplane. I liked it. It was just okay though. 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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