The Boy Who Couldn't Die

The Boy Who Couldn't Die

by William Sleator

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Overview

The "brisk, addictive" thriller, now in paperback!

Sleator, a recognized master of sci-fi and horror and a favorite of reluctant readers, is a paperback powerhouse, with more than 600,000 copies of his novels sold in softcover. Here he gives fans a spin on the classic zombie story, following sixteen-year-old Ken as he bargains with a psychic to gain immortality, only to awaken one night with blood-spattered clothes and the realization that he's sold more than his soul.

Author Bio: For more than thirty years, William Sleator has thrilled readers with his inventive books. His House of Stairs was named one of the best novels of the twentieth century by the Young Adult Library Services Association. He divides his time between homes in Boston and rural Thailand.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781417675678
Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Publication date: 03/28/2005
Pages: 173
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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Boy Who Couldn't Die 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great book and a really moderately easy read. this entire book was such an easy read that it only took a day and a half. this was also helped by the fact that william sleator is a great sci-fi writer. one can only imagine what pain and suffering ken pritchard went through with all the death around him. The way sleator used his great figurative language and cunning story plot turned into a great story.Quite possibly one of the best books i've ever read, william sleator did a great job on this book. when i read the first paragraph of this book, i knew it was going to be amazing. i have read many of william sleator's books, and would recommend them to all who enjoyed this book.out of all of his books, i think sleator's best was this one.i was so surprised when i found this in my teachers bookshelf, and picked it up on silent reading day. this was an unforgettable book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! At some parts it is a bit rushed, and the ending is a bit iffy, but Sleator does an awesome job in the composition of the rest of the book. I only really read certain types of books, and I really enjoyed this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book The Boy Who Couldn't Die by William Sleator. It's a suspense filled novel about a boy named Ken, who after his best friend dies, decides he will never die. He found this woman who claimed she could make him invulnerable, and it worked. Ken touched a four hundred and fifty degree pan of cannelloni and didn't feel a thing. When Ken's annual spring break trip is comming up, he wanted to put his body to a real test. He saw a St. Calao island with a shark warning and told his parents it would be a great place to go. While he was there he met a girl named Sabine who knows a lot about vudo and magic. After she sees him get bit by a shark, she told him that he had to get his soul back from the lady that took it from him. I loved this book and you should definatley read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book I read was called The Boy Who Wouldn't Die by William Sleator. This book was a suspense novel that was focused around magic so it could be considered science fiction as well. After Ken¿s friend Roger was killed Ken decided he never wanted to die. Ken goes to a woman named Cherri Buttercup who makes him invulnerable by taking his soul and hiding somewhere safe. Ken then wants to test it this and see if it really works. He touches a hot frying pan and it doesn¿t burn him so he decides to take it to the extreme. He gets attacked in St. Calao by a shark. He meets a scuba instructor named Sabine and he falls in love with her. She sees him get attacked and finds out why it didn¿t bite his leg off. She tells him he needs to get his soul back. He finds out where it was hidden by listening to his dreams. Read to find out what happens next. This book was told in the first person. The narrator, a 16-year-old boy, did a very good job in telling the story. He discovered little clues to help solve his dilemma and just in the nick of time. He kept me interested in wanting to find out what would happen next. The story couldn't have been told in any other point of view that would be as good as in first person. Ken is the protagonist in this story. He is just an average person with no special abilities except that he can¿t die. I find more out about him through his actions. Also, I learn through his dialogue and interaction with others. He is not a very popular kid but is rich and gets what he wants. The writer uses good diction in order to create a vivid depiction in your mind. He also makes you think and gives you clues about a character. There isn¿t much foreshadowing but he does such a great job keeping your eyes glued to the page that you don¿t even notice it. I¿d definitely give this book two thumbs up. It was a great book and the best one I¿ve read so far this year. It kept my eyes on the page. I just kept reading and before I knew it, the book was almost over. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a fun book and can see past some events in the story that might be improbable. Review written by Paul Anderson
DerekLutes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At the beginning of this book, a 16-year old boy, Ken Pritchard, has just found out that his best friend has just died. After finding that out, Ken is determined to stay alive. Determined to stay alive, Ken goes to a woman who removes his soul so that he cannot die. The woman that took his soul is a zombie master. Ken desperately searches for a soul to remove himself from her control. He finds a jar with a soul in it and breaks it and frees his soul so he is now vulnerable and able to die.I think this book should be made into a movie because it is full of mystery. there is always a problem that needs solving. and this book shows it. there is always situations when something is wrong and the problem is always solved no matter what it takes.
librarymeg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is short, fast-paced, and intense, so it should appeal to almost everyone, even reluctant readers. It covers the story of Ken, a teenager who undergoes a ritual for immortality after his best friend dies in a plane crash. Soon after the ritual Ken's ability to do anything without being hurt is overshadowed by terrifying dreams where he kills other people. He knows he must undo what he's done, and the rest of the story is filled with a real sense of danger. It was difficult for me to predict what was coming and the intense story was completely enjoyable. A fast, fun read!
frazrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a unique story about a boy who experiences the death of his best friend. He starts to think about his own mortality. He is so worried that he trades his soul to a psychic woman for invulnerability from death. The story takes and interesting twist when he finds out she is using his soul and gets clues to where his Soul is hidden. He and his friend Sabine undertake a quest to get his soul back.
kewpie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After a friend is killed in a car accident, Ken craves immortality. He finds a woman who does the service for a very low price. Afterwards, he loses the ability to feel strong emotions and he suffers from strange nightmares. He soon discovers that when he sleeps, he no longer has control of his body and he goes out and commits horrible crimes. He learns that the price to pay for immortality is more than he could possibly imagine
derek.lutes99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At the beginning of this book, a 16-year old boy, Ken Pritchard, has just found out that his best friend has just died. After finding that out, Ken is determined to stay alive. Determined to stay alive, Ken goes to a woman who removes his soul so that he cannot die. The woman that took his soul is a zombie master. Ken desperately searches for a soul to remove himself from her control. He finds a jar with a soul in it and breaks it and frees his soul so he is now vulnerable and able to die.
redfrn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel was part mystery, part horror, with black magic, zombies, and killer nightmares. The story line moves at a good pace, and the main character is believably impulsive. This would be a good book for reluctant male readers.
SunnyReader71 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A solid YA novel.A nice quick read for those wanting a bit of horror but no nightmares.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author, William Sleator, has more than thirty years of experience with being an author. Young Ken's best friend, Roger, dies in a plane crash. Ken knows what he and Roger have in common; they can both die. Ken decides to seek help from an old woman who claims to possess the ability to make her customers invulnerable to pain and death. What Ken didn't realize is usually when something to good to be true, it's often false. Unable to control his dreams he seeks to get his soul back with a little help. Some phrases in the book support the different genres such as the horror: "This is awful! This is terrible! You've got to get your soul back right away. NOW! " Not all of it is just horror some is romantic: 'How could I ever had thought she wasn't beautiful?' This book is fantastic for any supernatural lovers!If you like any of those genres this book is for you.
Lulu4me More than 1 year ago
The concept was very good but execution was off for me. I wanted to be scared but no such luck with this book. The events in this book might've frightened me if they were written differently. The intense scenes seemed pretty cheesy. The book was a bit repetitive with the whole, "Sabine is risking her life for me. She must really love me," thing. And the romance was also very cheesy. Some parts were very dumb and the twist with Sabine kinda crushed the whole cheesy romance. I didn't like this book. It is a pretty quick read though (I finished in a few hours) which was nice.
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DiggyDMD More than 1 year ago
The Boy Who Couldn't Die, by William Sleator, is an amazing adventure through the mysteries of life. The main character, Ken, is faced with the horror of the death of his best friend Roger. After realizing that something like this could happen to him, he takes a huge and risky precaution to ensure his safety. However, when his decision turns bad, can he save himself from himself? This book is exceptionally a good read for adventure-loving readers, but can also be enjoyed by others. I highly recommend reading this edge-of-your-seat novel.
floppyyy More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book, but like most short books I think that events moved a little too quickly.
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Ali0 More than 1 year ago
This book is full of adventure and makes your mind wonder to the last moment. It is a thriller and a shocker. Ken wants to be invincible after is friend roger died. Was his choice a good one or a bad? This book is a nail biting terror mystery, and I absolutely love it!!
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raveboy1829 More than 1 year ago
This is a good book if, like me, you have a library of books, and your undecided what to read. Grab this one!!! There were a few parts that were thrilling, which is a good thing. It had mystery, suspense, and there was a little bit of a love story going on, which got confusing at the end. It would have been better if the book was longer.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i would rate this book a 4 and a half but they dont have it....the ending was a little dissapointing but its REALLY good!!!! read it i read it in 3 hours sooo good