Paperback. Pub Date: 2000 Pages: 208 in Publisher: Puffin Uncle Marcos than frequent mysterious trips. Have fascinated Annie for yearshe never tells down - to - earth stories about anyone. even his beloved deny. disaffirm and where he is going or when hell be back But the this time is special : He leaves Annie in charge of two sealed boxes. with strict instructions not to open either one while hes away. As time passes. curiosity gnaws at her until she can think of virtually nothing else. even though problems dog her at both home and school . She worries especially about the evil Crutchley Development. a company thats trying to buy her familys house out from under them! Would it hurt to just peek inside one of the tempting. exotic boxes But as soon as Annie does just that. an incredibly grotesque . crab-like creature scuttles out and disappears into the basement shadows. Anni...
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When Annie's Uncle Marco goes on one of his frequent trips, he leaves two sealed boxes in Annie's care. His instructions are clear: under no circumstances should she open the boxes. But, left alone with her uncaring aunt, there is little to distract Annie from the mystery of the boxes, and soon she is consumed by an overwhelming desire to open them.
When finally her willpower gives out, she unleashes a creature which reproduces at an alarming rate, and, even more incredibly, a force which can slow down time. Then the Crutchley Development Company discovers her secret, and sets out to harness the power of the boxes for their own despicable purposes. But they bargain without Annie and her friend Henry's determination to stop them - and their courage in taking on the nature of time itself.Review:
THE BEASTIES: 'With all the moral complexity of H.G. Wells' THE TIME MACHINE ... May well leave readers with some soul-searching questions about nature's changing environment that resonate long after the cover is closed.' ( Publisher's Weekly)
INTERSTELLAR PIG: 'Sleator's science fiction story is compelling on first reading - but stellar on the second ... raises enough questions to keep readers thinking - and wondering - well past the last page.' ( School Library Journal)
THE NIGHT THE HEADS CAME: '... A thought-provoking, page-turning exploration of alien life forms.' ( Booklist)
THE BOXES: 'William Sleator has git on another winner with this entertaining, pacy yarn.' ( Birmingham Evening Mail, July 2001)
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Book Description Puffin Books, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110141308109
Book Description Puffin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0141308109 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1046961