Marco's Millions by William Sleator

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When his sensitive little sister, Lilly, tells him about strange lights in the basement, at first Marco thinks she's imagining them. But his deep curiosity leads him down the stairs, through a hole in the wall, and into a different world. The strange, sightless creatures he meets are convinced that Marco, with Lilly's help, can prevent their god from destroying the planet by retrieving a stolen relic: a mysterious, powerful box.

Marco soon realizes that "The Lord," the frenzied, chaotic mass hovering in the sky, is actually a singularity, a force so terrible it can swallow light, stop time, and snuff out the universe. And Marco doubts it listens to prayers.

In this dazzling prequel, readers share the otherworldly adventures that brought young Uncle Marco his sinister "boxes."
 

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 January 1, 2002 by Scholastic. 176 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this prequel to Boxes (1998), Sleator introduces 12-year-old Marco, 11-year-old Lilly, and 7-year-old Ruth (the Aunt Ruth of Boxes).

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In this prequel to The Boxes, 12-year-old Marco and his psychic, hyper-sensitive sister find a strange tunnel in their basement leading them to another world inhabited by odd, blind, religious beings.

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This prequel to Sleator's open-ended thriller, The Boxes, answers almost all the questions readers of the first book might have had about the pathetic, crab-like creatures and (heroine Annie's) mysterious, ageless Uncle Marco.

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