Earlier this week, readers everywhere were saddened to hear about the death of author William Sleator.
The Harvard graduate, and classical pianist, was well known for writing macabre and scary stories for kids and teens. His book House of Stairs was widely read and critically acclaimed book about a group of teens who are trapped in a house containing nothing but endless flights of stairs. Sleator described his books as "gleefully icky", and that they were, creepy and gross and fantastic!
To celebrate Sleator's work please go and read some of my favorite books by him. And look for his last book, The Phantom Limb, co-written with Ann Monticone to be released this October.
The Boy Who Couldn't Die When his best friend dies in a plane crash, sixteen-year-old Ken has a ritual performed that will make him invulnerable, but soon learns that he had good reason to be suspicious of the woman he paid to lock his soul away.
House of Stairs Five sixteen-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.
Test In the security-obsessed, elitist United States of the near future, where a standardized test determines each person's entire life, a powerful man runs a corrupt empire until seventeen-year-old Ann and other students take the lead in boycotting the test.