The Phantom Limb by William Sleator

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Isaac is the new kid in town. His mother, Vera, is in the hospital with a mysterious illness, and the only person left to care for Isaac is his distant grandfather. Friendless and often alone, Isaac loses himself in his collection of optical illusions, including a strange mirror box that he finds in his new house, left behind by the previous tenants. Designed for amputees, it creates the illusion of a second limb. Lonely Isaac wishes someone would reach out to him, and then someone does—a phantom limb within the mirror box! It signs to Isaac about a growing danger: Someone who has murdered before and is out to get Vera next. The only way Isaac can solve the mystery and save his mother is with the help of the mirror box. But can he trust the phantom limb?
 

About William Sleator

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William Sleator has thrilled readers for many years with his inventive books that blend real science with stories that explore our darkest fears and wishes. Critics call his writing “clever and engrossing” (Booklist) and “gleefully icky” (Publishers Weekly). He divides his time between homes in Boston and Thailand.
 
Published October 1, 2011 by Amulet Books. 228 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A therapeutic “mirror box” that reflects urgent gestures from ghostly hands sucks Isaac into a series of revealing visions and flashbacks through restroom mirrors.

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As this thriller begins, Isaac, newly arrived in town, is totally miserable: “A mental darkness surrounded Isaac.

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