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Marco's Millions Hardcover – June 4, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 161 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1st edition (June 4, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525464417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525464419
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,274,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This prequel to Sleator's open-ended thriller, The Boxes, answers almost all the questions readers of the first book might have had about the pathetic, crab-like creatures and (heroine Annie's) mysterious, ageless Uncle Marco. Though missing the uniquely creepy horror elements that characterize many of Sleator's novels, the book is riveting for the ethical dilemma it poses: 12-year-old adventurer Marco and his psychic, hyper-sensitive sister, Lilly, find a strange tunnel in their basement. Inside is another world, and a group of odd, blind, religious beings, "shiny, purplish creatures... like insects with six limbs and ridged, carapaced heads," telepathically contact Lilly. They say Lilly is a "medium" who can help them complete a dangerous ritual to appease their malevolent god, "The Unknowable." Should the children help, and at what cost to their own impoverished family? Might the creatures be lying for nefarious ends? More satisfying than its predecessor, and full of strange and startling details, this curious fantasy will spark readers' imaginations and send them right back to The Boxes for a glimpse of Marco's future. Ages 10-14.

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-9-A good choice for readers who enjoy The X Files or creepier episodes of Star Trek. When Marco's younger sister Lilly discovers a hidden tunnel in the basement of their house, she is too frightened to enter it. But 12-year-old Marco likes to travel and see different things: to him "millions meant distances-and if you're thinking about distances, millions means going very, very far away." He follows the tunnel from Earth to a different world and is drawn into the alien inhabitants' struggle to propitiate their Lord, a powerful, sentient space/time phenomenon called a naked singularity. Time passes far more quickly on Earth than on the alien world, and Marco's visits are overshadowed by his urgent need to get home before too much time passes. While these concepts are not new in science fiction, the suspense of Marco's race against time, the well-paced unfolding of the mysteries of the alien world, and the general mood of foreboding make for a compelling read. Marco is a substantial protagonist; the other characters, while less well-rounded, are convincing enough to advance the story. The book is a successful prequel to Sleator's The Boxes (Dutton, 1998), but also stands on its own.

Beth Wright, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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One of the best science fiction books I have ever read.
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The characters are almost completely apathetic; especially Marco himself.
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I did think that the ending was a little hard to believe.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
In "Marco's Millions", by William Sleator, a boy named Marco enters an unnerving parallel universe to aid the creatures living there, and to save his world from destruction by a naked singularity. He is sucked into the singularity, and moves through another world, recovering an artifact that will halt the threat of the singularity. When he reaches his own world again, he is jolted to the present by finding out what has happened to his family while he was gone. This book is unusual because it doesn't have a very happy tale to tell, but it was exciting and gave me the feeling that something dark was behind my back. I liked it especially because it involed travel between universes, and possible space phenomenons, which I find interesting. I would recommend this book to kids who like a good science-fictional scare!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janice Wong on March 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The book Marco's Million, by William Sleator, is an excellent book. It has a very interesting plot and have likable characters such as Marco and his sister, Lilly. I also learned some new vocabulary and basic information of astronomy from this book... Anyways, I recommand people to read it. It is a good book.
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By Sarah on June 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I read this book when I was in middle school and it was so amazing I still remember it 10 years later! This book is incredible and I highly recommend young readers to read it.
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By MeA&T on September 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
One of the best science fiction books I have ever read. It almost seems like the author experienced what's in the book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is quite the science fiction book. It is very different from the other sleator book that i have read (the odd balls,a list of memoirs about his bizarre siblings)but good none the less. I have actually never red the sequel the boxes and was intrigued to find out that the boxes was actually written first. This is however not your typical science fiction book. Most scifi books are about aliens invading and robots taking over. Although this book does feature giant insect aliens they are not the main feature of the book. The book is much more focused on the concept of wormholes to other universes and the thought of slowing down time. But i will give a quick synopsis of the book. A girl named Lily discovers a strange tunnel in her basement which only she can see. However lacking bravery Lily asks her ever courageous brother Marco to go through the tunnel. Once there Marco discovers human sized insects who are obsessed with completing a bizarre ritual. Although many have died trying to win the ritual the insects believe marco could win it. This dangerous task is only the first of marco's millions of adventures within this book. I hope you enjoy for I did.
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