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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1010L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780140374384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140374384
  • ASIN: 0140374388
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of such reliably offbeat sf thrillers as Strange Attractors (1990) radically changes pace for ten hilarious, semi- autobiographical stories. With affection and a splendid sense of comic timing, Sleator drags forth incidents from his family closet's darkest recesses--the time young Tycho was hypnotized and then made to drink from the toilet; an indignant skit that laid bare the failings of certain parents, to their vast amusement; rough-and-tumble car games; and deliciously horrifying pranks played on unsuspecting passersby. Vivid characterizations (sister Vicky ``had always enjoyed making dolls fight with each other; when the dolls wore out, she ripped off their arms and legs. Now she is a nurse'') always balance foibles with saving graces; embarrassment is eased by laughter, while painful circumstances always come right in the end. Sleator shows how, in a loosely run household presided over by indulgent working parents, he and his three siblings developed confident, independent spirits. Though he admits to making up a few things, his dedication is telling--``To my family: Please forgive me!'' (Slightly fictionalized autobiography. 11-14) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It was a great book, and I think that most peoople would enjoy reading it!
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THIS IS FROM HIS LIFE." I can't believe people don't appreciate the first only look we have into the life of the Literary God known as William Sleator.
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It is a must read for william sleator fans who will come to understand the author's source for such amazing ideas for his books.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
I'm constantly at my 11 year son to read and I'm always on the lookout for books that will keep him interested and foster a love of books. Someone suggested that William Sleator would do the trick. He thought the book was hysterical and it made for a great summer read for him. I would suggest it for anyone trying to get a boy to read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katy on March 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was excellent because it was about William Sleator and his family with real funny stories. One of the things that I thinkabout this book was that you don't know if the stories William Sleator is telling are reaaly true until the end of the book.William Sleator shares strange and wacky stories about growing up with his mother,farther,his brothers,Danny and Tycho,and his sister vicky. For example ,William's family never took care of their front yard because they only used their backyard,so they never mowed or planted anything in it. The dad,a physicist,used to blindfold the kids and take them for a ride in the car. He would then drop them off in an unfamiliar area and tell them to find their way home. William's dad would give them one dime to cll home if they could not find their way. This was a weekend game they sometimes played. A positive effect I thought this book might have on its reader is to teach kids that it's ok to not be popular. William Sleator said that people should like you for the way you are, not the way you look or how athletic you are. William and his friends were in an unpopular group because they chose to be happy the way they were. They still had fun. One thing I thought might have a negative effect on readers would have to be stories Sleator tells about him, his sister, Vicky, and their friends doing "pituh-plays". William Sleator says "pituh-plays" are skits "often inspired by real people or situations or by unpopular movies and books". One of the meanest "pituh-plays" they ever played was with Vicki and her friends. They went to a fountain at a park with a watermelon wrapped up like a baby.Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RowdyHowdy on November 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is William Sleator's account of his wacky childhood with his fascinating family of big fat weirdos.
Sleator makes it clear that he (along with his family) was an ODDBALL--that is, not a misfit, just somebody who was always doing something weird--these stories are guaranteed to amuse you, no matter what your age.
I have read this book many times--and I would've given it 5 stars, but it recently dropped down one spot in my mind. In the last chapter, Sleator tells of one part where he fibbed and stretched the truth a bit--so I had always figured, everything else must be true, if he's willing to say that little part was fictional.
And I hate to steal anybody's enjoyment of how amazingly weird the people depicted in this little book are, but I have to tell the truth: The last time I finished reading this, I looked in the very front of the book, at the page with all the publication info--
My feelings were a bit hurt when I saw in small print a few words that changed the way I felt: 'ALL CHARACTERS AND EVENTS DESCRIBED IN THIS BOOK ARE FICTIONAL.' I really hope that's just an obligatory disclaimer.
Even if you have to suspend your disbelief, believe me, you'll enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
this book made me want to do everything the characters did. from wrapping up a watermelon in a baby's blanket and pretending it was a baby then throwing it in a pool to see what everyone's reaction would be; to having my dad drop me off in the middle of town, letting me find my way home; or having a seance in a half-built playhouse in my backyard and recording voices to play from under the table. i even tried dying my hair with kool-aid after i read this book. i would reccomend this book to anyone who has a sick sense of humor. as strange and even disturbing as this family was i wish i was a part of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe on April 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a very hilarious book about William Sleator's chilidhood. The book is a lot like a journal of someone's life. It goes through the sad, fortunate and sad things in chilidhood. The author uses dialy scenaries and explains what he and his siblings did about them. It contains simple funny memories that are very hard not to laugh at. I particularly liked how it uses a lot of adjectices in describing the characters. It is amazing how Sleator remembers these chilidhood occurances. If you want comedy read this book! You won't regret it. I
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy on March 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read the book Oddballs by William sleator. I think Sleator is a wonderful writer, and I absolutely loved this book. it was interesting to learn what his life was like in the past, and it amazing to see how he came all the way from being a total oddball to becoming a famous author. Sleator used very good description and a lot of details in this book. That was another reason why I liked it so much. It was easy to get a clear, vivid picture in your mind of what things looked like. I also thought it was a great idea for him to write a book about his life in the past. I thought pretty much all of the chapters in the book were very exciting as well as amusing. I kept wanting to read on! There were some bad points of the book as well as all of the good ones. I thought that some points of the book got a little boring. Some didn't have enough description, and I thought that maybe one of the chapters had a little bit too much description. Other than that, I thought the book was great! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a laugh once in a while. It was a great book, and I think that most peoople would enjoy reading it!
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