Hell Phone by William Sleator

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A murder story with a devilish twist

Nick wants a cell phone so he can talk to his girlfriend, Jen, after school, but he doesn’t have a lot of money. The used phone he buys seems like a bargain, until the phone calls begin—strangers calling night and day, some begging for help, others making demands. Nick wants to get rid of the phone, but something prevents him, and, soon he finds himself committing crimes—stealing, conning . . .and killing.

Fans of William Sleator’s The Boy Who Couldn’t Die will enjoy this equally diabolical thriller.
 

About William Sleator

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William Sleator was born on February 13, 1945 in Harve de Grace, Maryland. In 1967, he received a BA in English from Harvard University. He mainly wrote science fiction novels for young adults. His first novel, Blackbriar, was published in 1972. He wrote more than 30 books including House of Stairs, Interstellar Pig, The Green Futures of Tycho, Strange Attractors, The Spirit House, The Boy Who Couldn't Die, and The Phantom Limb. His picture book, The Angry Moon, won a Caldecott Award in 1971. He died on August 3, 2011 at the age of 66.
 
Published September 1, 2007 by Harry N. Abrams. 288 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult. Fiction

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Because his mother closely monitors use of their home phone, Nick buys a cell phone to talk more frequently to his girlfriend.

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Sleator makes some interesting commentary on cell phone use and its ability to both aid in and thwart communication (when Nick and Jen go to dinner and his phone rings, she says, "I thought we came here to be together").

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