The Boy Who Reversed Himself

The Boy Who Reversed Himself When Laura finds her homework in her locker with its writing reversed she s baffled until she learns an unbelievable secret her weird neighbor Omar has the ability to travel to the fourth dimensio

  • Title: The Boy Who Reversed Himself
  • Author: William Sleator
  • ISBN: 9780140389654
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • When Laura finds her homework in her locker with its writing reversed, she s baffled, until she learns an unbelievable secret her weird neighbor, Omar, has the ability to travel to the fourth dimension Laura forces him to take her there, and then, a novice in four space , she goes there on her own There s only one problem she doesn t know how to get back A cerebral sWhen Laura finds her homework in her locker with its writing reversed, she s baffled, until she learns an unbelievable secret her weird neighbor, Omar, has the ability to travel to the fourth dimension Laura forces him to take her there, and then, a novice in four space , she goes there on her own There s only one problem she doesn t know how to get back A cerebral science fiction thriller, cunningly constructed to keep the reader involved until the last pages The Horn Book

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    1. William Sleator

      William Warner Sleator III was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland on February 13, 1945, and moved to St Louis, MO when he was three He graduated from University City High School in 1963, from Harvard in 1967 with BAs in music and English For than thirty years, William Sleator 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 William Sleator died in early August 2011 at his home in Thailand.

    676 thoughts on “The Boy Who Reversed Himself”

    1. I first read this as a kid, maybe age 9 or 10, and it had a very lasting impact on me as it was my first real introduction to the concept of multiple spatial dimensions beyond the 3D world we know. Whenever that concept has come up since, my mind goes back to some of the imagery from this book. I've been wanting to reread it for a while but since I only have a physical copy (horror!) and I typically read in the dark, I've been putting that off. I finally did it today, though, and it only took ab [...]

    2. All of William Sleator's books are good science fiction for young people, even though most of them take overdone subjects for yet another ride. Sleator somehow does it differently and in a more character-oriented fashion.This one's about alternate dimensions. A girl discovers a really interesting secret about her neighbor, and she steps into a whole new world . . . literally! The fourth dimension is all around us, on top of us, and if you know how to do it, you can go there and see the world dif [...]

    3. I don't remember what reminded me of William Sleator recently, but I remembered reading Interstellar Pig and enjoying Singularity a lot, so I thought I'd see what I could find of his almost 30 years later. This one is quite good! My oldest son enjoyed it, and the next one was stealing it from me after I started it so he could read it faster, if that tells you anything about how much fun it is.The story is one of those where the central idea is extremely interesting, and the good news is Sleator [...]

    4. This is a book that I vaguely remember reading in middle school, and something about it stuck with me through the years. I finally googled some of the plot points in order to figure out what the title was. As I read it this time around, I realized that I don't think I ever finished it as a kid. The beginning was very familiar, but almost nothing from the last 2/3rds of the book rang a bell. I wonder if that's why the book stuck with me.I probably started reading it, but had to return the book to [...]

    5. William Sleator always does a wonderful job of fusing doctorate level ideas of physics into pieces of literature that can be taken in by teen readers, for whom he primarily writes. This book can be read as purely science-fiction, or as a series of thought experiments. Either way, a good read indeed.

    6. "The Boy Who Reversed Himself" is the third book by William Sleator I've read. The other two were "House of Stairs" and "Marco's Millions". Of the three, TBWRH is the second best of Sleator's books I've read. That's not saying much. "House of Stairs" was a minor classic featuring an interesting concept that was well executed and characters that were fascinating to follow. TBWRH is well-written and does hold one's attention, but elements of it call to mind L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time" and Abbott [...]

    7. So disappointed! I first heard about this book a long time ago when I was in middle school. A friend told me of this book about the fourth dimension. I borrowed it briefly, and read the first few chapters and was hooked by the whole ‘entering into the locker, ketchup tasting like chocolate’ bit. But I had to return the book and never got to finish it. For years I’ve thought about this book and wanted to find it so I could finish it (I’m nearly 40). Finally I did a google search, found it [...]

    8. I haven't read this book in years, but growing up I read it over and over again and it was one of my favorites. I look forward to my daughter being old enough to read it and understand it soon.

    9. I read this book several times as a youth & loved it! Reading it again as an adult made me smile more for sentimental reasons than for the story line. But it was still fun to read. :)

    10. Laura thought finding her homework in her locker with reversed handwriting was weird, until she discovered her neighbor's face was reversed as well! That's when she discovers that this neighbor boy, Omar, has the ability to travel to the fourth dimension, and she want's to visit it. Once she gains the ability to travel to "4-space" on her own, she goes but with one problem: she doesn't know how to get back. PlotThe plot in The Boy Who Reversed Himself is peak science-fiction. It deals with being [...]

    11. Laura's not a bad person, but she's used to getting what she wants. She has a hot guy interested in her and a decent school life, and her dorky neighbor Omar is willing to help her sometimes with things she's not interested in doing. But there's something off about Omar, and Laura's intrigued by what it might be. Especially when he mysteriously helps her get into her locked locker, provides her a mirror-writing backwards version of a report she wrote, and appears to be his own mirror image somet [...]

    12. The Boy Who Reversed Himself follows Laura, a young girl who befriends Omar, the weird kid in school, solely in order to figure out how he can do seemingly impossible things. Once she knows about 4-space, as the 4-D world Omar can access is called, she gets herself deep into trouble. The book is pretty slim, and while the plot and characterization are serviceable, the concept that the book centers around is the main draw.Some authors write for their characters, or their plot. This book was clear [...]

    13. The book I read is called The Boy Who Reversed Himself written by William Sleator. And in the book the boy gets reversed so that made me think could someone really could get reversed. And then everyone would look very different.When the boy gets his things stolen even though his things were in a locker made me think that some of the things we think are safe might always not be as safe as we think they are. And when the girl starts to notice that the things on the boy are backwards or reversed. T [...]

    14. This book's misleading title and cover make me think it was carefully marketed toward young white boys. Because it's not really about Omar, the boy who can enter a fourth dimension; it's about Laura, the girl who learns from Omar and then makes her own journey. And the cover shows a fair-skinned boy and girl, but the book makes it clear that Omar is not white. He's actually described as "olive-skinned" and "foreign." Yikes.Anyway. I don't read much intense scifi like this, so it was interesting. [...]

    15. I personally found this book strange, but very interesting. This book did not always have my attention. The parts that grabbed my attention was very adventurous and made me excited, but the parts that didn't were just boring and I wanted to stop reading. Then again I thought to my self the next part will be entertaining and most of the time I was right. The characters in this book were all mixed around. For example, Pete was mean and thought a lot about himself while on the other hand Omar was t [...]

    16. The Boy Who Reversed himself is a fascinating sci-fi novel portraying how different levels of existence could be possible with the adding of different dimensions such as 4-D, and what those worlds might be like. It shows how our world could exist within a bigger reality, with that reality touching us and being able to be seen at some points, but largely unnoticeable. It also portrays true love and care versus mere romance and trying to be popular and impress a guy the main character likes. While [...]

    17. the theme of this book is not to be too curious of certain things. you should be yourself and try not to be someone else. always try to be yourself! so Laura left her homework at home and it was about to start school. when she opens her locker she realize that her report was there but it was reversed. her neighbor Omar ofter to help but it wasn't possible to run home to get it and then Laura started to think there was a secret that Omar has. so when Laura finds out what the secret is and tries i [...]

    18. I chose this book because the title was so intriguing. The concept is also pretty interesting, but I found it a bit too convoluted and hard to read.This is a sci-fi type book where the characters are able to enter "4-space" or a fourth dimension. The author explains this concept pretty well, but then it gets confusing.Laura, the protagonist, is not very likable. She is whiny, spoiled and uses the "weird new kid" for her own selfish purpose of entering 4-space. She pretends to be his friend so he [...]

    19. Most of this book was about journeying into 4-dimensional space. YOW! Just reading about it made my head spin. But the descriptions could not have been better. That was the main point of the book and it was stellar.The not-so-stellar: characterization. Laura, her weird neighbor Omar, and her lousy crush Pete, were all two-dimensional (ha!). They basically had one attribute and harped on that. That's a problem that Sleator has sometimes. He writes about ideas and doesn't put much TLC into develop [...]

    20. Favorite book as a kid, discovered it one summer at the library in elementary or middle school. Like any story appealing to a pre-teen, the story begins with a girl's crush on some dreamy guy and her daydreams interrupted by her weirdly intense neighbor, who turns out to be a guardian to the 2nd dimension.When he attempts to show off to win her over, things get dangerous and spooky for the kids who not only get trapped in an intricate web of alternate realities and dimensions and are threatened [...]

    21. I thought this book was an okay book. It didn't really hold my attention until the middle. It is a super easy read, at a low level-but it was okay. The title says "the Boy" which is odd because I thought the main character was Laura-but judging by the title, it's probably Omar. Anyways, this girl Laura has a weird neighbor-Omar. Laura leaves her report on her table then finds it 'reversed' in her locker. Omar unverses it and gives it to her, but doing this, he triggers many events. Some of them [...]

    22. I read this one afternoon because a student left it in my room. It was a lot of fun. I haven't read anything like this (juvenile fiction, I guess?) since I was a kid. The book dealt with 4D stuff Very math-oriented. The author did a great job explaining some pretty tricky stuff-euclidean concepts, 4D hgher space, etc I got a kick out of it and will probably start reading some more books like it again. Just because I'm half-dead (mid 30's) doesn't mean I can only check out books for people over 2 [...]

    23. Laura, a high school student has dreams of going to medical school. All throughout high school she does above average work and receives good grades in her biology classes. She becomes closer with a guy named Pete and they begin a relationship together. One day, she leaves her homework inside her locker and everything on the page is written in reverse. Laura's neighbor, Omar had the special abilities of traveling throughout space. While there Laura and Pete finds ways to travel back to earth and [...]

    24. It's probably been around 20 years since I have read this book, but for some reason I have been thinking about it today. It took a little research to remember the title. I just remember the concept of another dimension kind of blowing my preteen mind. Definitely a different book, but I enjoyed it. Maybe I will give it another read through one day.or maybe it's best to just enjoy the memory. Cool cover on the older edition as well.

    25. along with the Green Futures of Tycho, this book has stayed with me ever since i read it in middle school. i recently reread it just to see, and i think it holds up surprisingly well. for one, sleator makes weird science fun and accessible. also, his female characters are way better than most teen books, always clever and brainy, never afraid to act, and of course, fascinated by science.

    26. As I was reading Death's End, I was struggling a bit to visualize fourth dimensional space. I remembered The Boy Who Reversed Himself, set aside Death's End, and did a quick re-read. The teenager-focused parts are mediocre and heavy-handed at best, but Sleator is skilled at conceptualizing the fourth dimension. Reading this book was helpful practice.

    27. This book was very weird and great at the same time. I loved when things started getting weird with the test and the facial features, but that was only the beginning.I loved the ending but I won't give any spoilers.

    28. I chose this book because I was looking for something different to read to my class. In my search of something new, I found this. It's more like a "B-Rated" movie. Someone wanted to make a book but lacked the very ability to write anything very interesting.

    29. One of the first science fiction novels I read as a child, and one of the most thought-out, logical (nothing jarring jumps out at you while during) and interesting ways to think about inter-dimension travel and multi-dimension world systems.

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