James Nicoll Reviews

Home > Reviews > By Contributor

Reviews by Contributor: Sleator, William (1)

Dance Fever

House of Stairs

By William Sleator  

5 Aug, 2018

Because My Tears Are Delicious To You


1974’s House of Stairs is a standalone young adult novel by William Sleator. 

In a not-too-distant future, five children — timid Peter, unruly Lola, confident Oliver, accommodating Abigail, and cunning Blossom — are consigned by the authorities to the House of Stairs. Although they have very different backgrounds and personalities, all five of them share one characteristic: they are all wards of the state. 

Make that two things: Nobody will ever miss any of them. 

Read more ➤