The Boxes by William Sleator

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Annie's Uncle Marco goes on one of his mysterious trips, leaving her in charge of two sealed boxes on one condition: she must not open either one while he is away. But she is tempted...and soon she has unleashed the unspeakable. The creatures inside the box are crab-like and grotesque. And they possess a power Annie could never have imagined: the power to transmute time."Sleator is the master of the creepy-crawly, and his inventiveness is at full power here." --The Horn Book

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 August 1, 2000 by Puffin. 218 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rather than focus on the aliens, the story shifts to the evil Crutchley Development Corporation, which, while buying up local houses to erect a super mall, discovers the secret in Annie’s basement, and steals the clock device.

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~ PW said this ""realistic portrayal of contemporary teens and their moral challenges breathes fresh life into well-worn themes of rebellion and first love."" Ages 12-up.

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Like Pandora, 15-year-old orphan Annie has been given a box she is forbidden to open, opens it nonetheless and unleashes something horrible.

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But young readers will love the fascinatingly creepy details of the creatures and the clock, and identify with Henry and Annie, who are as appealingly brave and resourceful as the various grownups they must outwit -- from miserly Aunt Ruth, who can't resist Crutchley Development's huge financial ...

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Soon, of course, she is driven by curiosity to open one, releasing an insectlike creature the size of a guinea pig, which multiplies rapidly, communicates telepathically, builds incessantly, worships the time-controlling device in the other box, and wants Anne to be its "nervous system."

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