The House of Stairs

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The House of Stairs

By William Sleator

Puffin Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780140345803, 176pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 1991

This chilling, suspenseful indictment of mind control is a classic of science fiction and will haunt readers long after the last page is turned.
One by one, five sixteen-year-old orphans are brought to a strange building. It is not a prison, not a hospital; it has no walls, no ceiling, no floor. Nothing but endless flights of stairs leading nowhere--except back to a strange red machine. The five must learn to love the machine and let it rule their lives. But will they let it kill their souls?

"An intensely suspenseful page-turner." --School Library Journal
"A riveting suspense novel with an anti-behaviorist message that works . . . because it emerges only slowly from the chilling events." --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author
William Sleator (1945-2011) is the author of numerous science fiction books for children and young adults, including Interstellar Pig, House of Stairs, and Blackbriar.