The Boxes (Marco's Millions, Book 2) by William Sleator

By William Sleator

Orphan Anne Levi tolerates her far away Aunt Ruth, with whom she lives, yet adores her mysterious Uncle Marco, who flits out and in in their lives at abnormal periods. whilst he offers Anne strange packing containers with strict directions to not open them, interest will get the higher of her. beginning the 1st one, she releases an strange crablike creature that grows and reproduces quickly; the existence shape and its offspring build a gorgeous palace within the basement and speak with Anne telepathically.

Dismayed by means of what she has performed, Anne opens the second one field, which she had hidden in her closet, revealing a clocklike item that has the power to decelerate time on the basement creatures' request, yet purely while Anne has the same opinion to hold messages among the creatures and the clock.

Unfortunately, the vendors of a suspicious improvement corporation are intrigued by the point slowdowns and bring up their ominous efforts to manage Anne, her domestic, and the unusual units inside it.

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The Spackle keep their distance from me as best they can while I work. Which, I gotta say, is okay by me. Cuz I find I can’t really look ’em in the eyes. I keep my head down and carry on shovelling. indd 63 18/03/2013 13:09 or cooks but one of the Mayor’s first orders was for everyone to keep ’em locked away in their homes till the army collected ’em last night while I slept. “People had ’em living in their back gardens,” Davy says, watching me shovel as the morning turns to afternoon, eating what’s sposed to be lunch for both of us.

This is a democracy, Todd,” he sighs. ” “No idea,” I say, still looking, still not finding. ” I look at him. ” His eyes flash at me. “ You are either forgetting or do not know that we already fought a great war, a war to end all wars, at just about the time you would have been born. ” He sighs again. ” He rests his head against the brick. “Not everything is black and white, Todd. ” “But what if–” Ker-thunk. The lock on the door slides back and Mr Collins enters, pistol pointed. He looks straight at Mayor Ledger.

Indd 30 18/03/2013 13:09 hiding in their houses, so quiet they might be dead. Not one of them lifting a hand to save theirselves from what’s coming, hoping if they’re meek enough, if they’re weak enough, then the monster won’t eat ’em. This is where we spent all our time running to. I see movement down on the square, a shadow flitting, but it’s only a dog. Home, home, home, I can just about hear him think. Home, home, home. Dogs don’t got the problems of people. Dogs can be happy any old time. I take a minute to breathe away the tightness that comes over my chest, the water in my eyes.

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