Book Preview: The Beasties

The BeastiesThe Beasties by William Sleator
Paperback,  208 pages

The Beasties is a slightly creepy novel about a pair of siblings who stumble upon creatures who live underground. These creatures prey on humans, though the humans have no idea what they are, or why they do what they do.

This book has been on my TBR list since the summer of 2006. I found it at the Scholastic Warehouse sale a few weeks ago, so I picked it up. I remember sitting in a discussion at an Advanced Placement seminar talking with language arts teachers from across New Mexico about this book. Specifically the activity that the teacher did with her sixth grade class–creating a new cover. I wondered about the cover of this novel, and it really doesn’t make sense unless you read it all the way through. I can’t help but wonder, having finished it, if Sleator had an environmental agenda, and if this agenda is promoted in any of his other titles.

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