Marco has always been obsessed with travelling. When his younger sister, Lilly, discovers an invisible tunnel in their basement, he can't resist crawling into it. What he discovers there is truly fantastical - a world inhabited by insect-like creatures. They communicate via telepathy, and tell Marco that they need Lilly to help them contact The ...
Marco has always been obsessed with travelling. When his younger sister, Lilly, discovers an invisible tunnel in their basement, he can't resist crawling into it. What he discovers there is truly fantastical - a world inhabited by insect-like creatures. They communicate via telepathy, and tell Marco that they need Lilly to help them contact The Unknowable (their 'God') and thus prevent their world - and Marco's - from destruction. Lilly is too scared to venture in to the hole, so Marco agrees to go in her stead. Once there, he must take a mysterious box on a long journey to the Unknowable - a singularity that acts as a gateway between millions of different universes. When he discovers a second box, he is given the power to control gravity and time. And, at the gateway of the singularity, with its numerous adjoining universes, Marco knows that he really can go absolutely anywhere...
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Publishers Weekly, 2002-10-21 In this prequel to The Boxes, 12-year-old Marco and his psychic, hyper-sensitive sister find a strange tunnel in their basement leading them to another world inhabited by odd, blind, religious beings. "The book is riveting for the ethical dilemma it poses," said PW. Ages 9-12. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-05-21 This prequel to Sleator's open-ended thriller, The Boxes, answers almost all the questions readers of the first book might have had about the pathetic, crab-like creatures and (heroine Annie's) mysterious, ageless Uncle Marco. Though missing the uniquely creepy horror elements that characterize many of Sleator's novels, the book is riveting for the ethical dilemma it poses: 12-year-old adventurer Marco and his psychic, hyper-sensitive sister, Lilly, find a strange tunnel in their basement. Inside is another world, and a group of odd, blind, religious beings, "shiny, purplish creatures... like insects with six limbs and ridged, carapaced heads," telepathically contact Lilly. They say Lilly is a "medium" who can help them complete a dangerous ritual to appease their malevolent god, "The Unknowable." Should the children help, and at what cost to their own impoverished family? Might the creatures be lying for nefarious ends? More satisfying than its predecessor, and full of strange and startling details, this curious fantasy will spark readers' imaginations and send them right back to The Boxes for a glimpse of Marco's future. Ages 10-14. (June) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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