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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.
William Sleator is one of my favorite science fiction kids' authors, so it was a treat to get to read a basically autobiographical book about his growing-up years. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Swank Ivy
I was very pleased with this purchase. The book matched the description provided by the seller; the seller shipped it promptly, and the book arrived in great shape. Read morePublished on August 4, 2009 by E.C.L.
I am a great fan of Sleator's "House of Stairs," which haunted me from elementary school until I bought and read it as an adult more than three decades later. Read morePublished on March 14, 2009 by Alan F.
This is a very hilarious book about William Sleator's chilidhood. The book is a lot like a journal of someone's life. Read morePublished on April 14, 2005 by Joe
"Oddballs" is a very good book to read.Insted of only one booring story with few interesting chapter and the rest is borring. Read morePublished on May 31, 2002
ARRRRGGGHHH! I am so mad at those other reviewers that are bringing Sleator's star average down with their moronic reviews. Read morePublished on February 3, 2001 by Jason Henderson