When Doug's father gets a grant to study a rare tree fungus, the family moves to an isolated forest area, rumored to be inhabited by a race of dangerous creatures called Beasties. Doug doesn't take the rumors seriously until he meets a forest ranger without an ear and a housekeeper without a nose. Then his younger sister, Colette, discovers a maze of underground tunnels behind their new home. They meet the Beasties and become embroiled in a battle between humans and non-humans. In this slick horror novel, Sleator creates a race of horrific creatures endangered by deforestation. Who are the true beasts--the humans who abuse the environment or the Beasties who mutilate humans to replace their own missing body parts? Doug can't imagine a reason to side with non-humans until the Beasties generously spare his life. Is it possible that the Beasties are more humane than the humans are? The shocking climax presents a whole new dimension to the idea of self-sacrifice. This is a suspenseful horror story that will make readers think as well as cringe.
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