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[( The Boxes )] [by: William Sleator] [Aug-2000] Paperback – 1 Aug 2000
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The Boxes When Annie's Uncle Marco goes on one of his mysterious trips, he leaves her in charge of two sealed boxes she is forbidden to open. But temptation gets the better of her. And soon she is surrounded by grotesque creates with the power to transmute time. Full description
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on 4 June 1999
William Sleator is one of my favorite authors. Although this is not one of his best, I couldn't put it down. Annie is an orphan who is sent to live with her Aunt Ruth--not a very pleasant person. Annie's only bright days are spent with her Uncle Marco, when he returns from his frequent mysterious trips abroad. When Marco entrusts his niece with two mysterious boxes and the warning never to a) open them or b) put them in the same room, Annie's resolve to keep them safe lasts for only one day as her curiousity gets the better of her. Once the boxes are opened, there is no going back. This is not a book to read before you go to sleep! The ending was not as satisfying as his other books; it seems like Sleator left it open for a possible sequel. Well-drawn characters let you step right into the story! When will the movie-makers (e.g. Disney) see that Sleator's books would be great for the screen!!
on 6 June 1999
I really love this author's writing, and have read most of his books. This one was also very well written, and had a great concept and interesting characters. However, it seemed like it was half a book. So many questions and issues are just not resolved. If a sequel does ever get published, maybe in the future the two books could be published as one, and I think then it would be a much more complete feeling read! At least you are left certainly looking forward to more of this story, which is more than you can say for so many books!
on 23 August 1998
Another wonderful book from the mind of William Sleator. Again, his writing is clear and understandable, but his plot twists are wonderfully unexpected. For every child who has been told not to open a door, or look in a box, this book will keep you imagination reaming with posibilties long after you put the book down. A true classic in the sense that you find something new everytime you read it. So go ahead and read it.
on 29 May 1999
When I picked out this book, I was expecting a fast- paced, fun to read, sci-fi adventure. While much of the plotline itself was interesting, I found that the book was extremely difficult to get into. The book bored me for the first four chapters until it finally got into the real plot. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book. I felt that it was just, to sum it up, not interesting enough.