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Oddballs Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1995
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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!
The book also has its downs.I mean one minute the chapter is the funniest, then you get to the next chapter and it is so dull. He should have thought about some of the chapters a little more carefully before writing them.
This is a three star book all the way.I would recommend this book for someone who wants a good laugh and wouldn't mind reading something a little different.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 22 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