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The-Beasties

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The Beasties

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Author:

William Sleator

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Publisher:

Dutton Juvenile

Categories:

Fantasy/Science fiction

Ages:

9-12, 13+

Summary: 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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Name:

Natayla Rife

Hometown:

Iowa

Age:

10

Review:

Captain Underpants

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Name:

Jessica

Hometown:

Brunswick

Age:

10

Review:

This book is fantastic. I read it in about 4 hours. I really think it should have a sequel and a movie. It's the best, with haunting characters and chills up your spine. It makes you think about what we're doing to the earth and how it harms other creatures.

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Name:

Scott

Hometown:

North Attleboro

Age:

13

Review:

This book was great. They should really make it into a horror movie.

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Name:

Margot

Hometown:

Atlanta

Age:

11

Review:

This is probably one of the best books I've ever read. It really makes you think about whose side you are on, the humans or the Beasties. I think it should be made into a movie!

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Name:

Danielle

Hometown:

Hardyston

Age:

14

Review:

This book is really good. Through the beginning to the end of the story I thought that Hollywood should make it a horror flick. It's great to read. You can learn a lot from it!

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