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Slake's Limbo [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio Cassette]

Felice Holman , Neil Patrick Harris
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Oct. 24 2000
Read by Neil Patrick Harris
2 hours 23 minutes, 2 cassettes

An ALA Best Books for Young Adults
An ALA Notable Children's Book
An ALA Best of the Best Books for Young Adults
The Horn Book Fanfare List

Desperate, driven, harassed to the breaking point, Slake decides to go underground—into the sheltering depths of the New York City Subway where he ends up staying for one hundred and twenty-one days. This is the story about survival, and about a 13-year-old misfit's attempts to find footing in a hostile and threatening world.

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"--utterly convincing in its detail and moving in its concern and admiration for the stubborn, human will to survive."  -New York Times Book Review

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"--utterly convincing in its detail and moving in its concern and admiration for the stubborn, human will to survive." -New York Times Book Review

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4.0 out of 5 stars A heartwrenching tale April 2 2004
By A Customer
A heartwrenching story about a boy who lives in the subway for 121 days, Slake's Limbo by Felice Holman is a winner of the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, an ALA Notable Book, and a YASD Best Book for Young Adults.
Slake lives with his abusive aunt. Furthermore, his classmates are abusive, beating him up frequently. Eventually, he runs away into the subways of New York, where he finds a small cave in which to live. In order to survive, he devises some interesting ways to make money. The book also tells us a little of the story of Willis Joe Whinny, who wants to be a sheep-herder in Australia. Felice Holman stretches the moment, making the book very suspenseful. "What would the man do? ...(the moment is stretched for 10 paragraphs)... 'You're charging for service. That's fair enough.'"
This relatively easy to read book would appeal to 9 - 12 year olds since, in many ways, the reader will be able to relate to Slake. It would be beneficial for preteens to get the message: Hope is never lost.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dr. I's Project April 24 2002
By D.T.
I read the book Slake's Limbo as an assignment for my Children's Literature class at Northern Michigan University, which is located in Marquette, Michigan. At first, I was not sure what to think of the book. I read the opening description at the front of the text, and I thought that it was going to be some type of fantasy book about a boy that lives in his own little world and goes into a cave or a hole in the ground. Little did I know, this was a book about a young man that had some severe "real life" problems. This boy was horribly abused by some of his peers. He was teased and harassed so much that he had to run away from the boys to the underground subway systems of New York City. Here, Aremis Slake lived for 121 days. He overcame his troubles, though, and found a way to survive for all this time by finding a way to make money and get food. He got his money from selling papers, and took the extra papers to his "home" and used them for his bed. This is truly an inspirational book about a young man that battles fear, hunger, and the dangers of the New York subways to survive. This book is, indeed, a book of survival and is inspirational to those of us that want to give up every now and then. This book also gives adults a realization that we need to listen to children about their problems, and do what we can to help kids that may be experiencing difficulties like this. Many people can learn a great deal from a book like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping story of urban survival Dec 23 2001
"Slake's Limbo," by Felice Holman, was one of the "young adult" books that made the biggest impression on me when I fell into that age group. Re-reading it recently, I realized that the book has lost none of its impact. Holman tells the story of Aremis Slake, an undersized, persecuted 13-year old New York City boy. Overwhelmed by the stress of his life, Slake flees to the underground world of the subway system -- "a city under the city" where he finds a "home" and a new life. But a 13-year old can't live underground indefinitely; Slake is headed for a moment of truth.
This is a haunting, powerful story. Slake is a remarkable character. In many ways he's like a mythic hero; he literally journeys into the "underworld" and re-creates himself. Holman fills the book with fascinating details about the boy's survival strategies.
"Slake's Limbo" is rich in symbolic details, but the story can also be enjoyed at face value. This book is, in my opinion, one of the very best of young adult novels.
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Can you imagine yourself living in a tiny cave between two buildings in the busy subway tunnel of Grand Central Station? Aremis Slake, harrassed to the breaking point, couldn't deal with his hardships. Therefore, he decided to travel into the depths of the city. Slake's Limbo, by Felice Holman, describes in detail a thirteen year old orphan striving to survive in a hositle, and threatening environment. Miss Holman creatively unfolds the story from two clever points of view, which come together in the end. Will Aremis Slake survive his struggling life?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slakes Limbo March 11 2002
By A Customer
Slakes Limbo is a book about a thirteen year old boy who lives by himself on the street. The kids he goes to school with are bigger than him and beat him up if they can catch him. One day while he was being chased he ran into the underground subway. He decides to stay down there and live for 121 days. While he is down in the subway, he finds a cave in the wall by one of the tracks. He makes that his home to sleep in every night. One day he saw people leaving their newspapers at the lunch court tables. He picked them up and smootheed them out. While he was holding the papers a man called to him to buy one. Slake was surprised but sold the man a paper. Then a couple more people bought papers too.Soon he had two regular costumers. With the money he made from newspapers he bought himself food at the court. with the extra papers he had he brought them into his cave and crumpled them up to make a bed. Every day he collected newspapers, sold them, and bought lunch. One day the lunch court manager asked him if he wanted to have a job sweeping the floor after all of the costumers left. In return he would get a full meal every day. With getting free meals he began to save up some money and bought himself a shirt and a couple pairs of socks. While Slake is down in the subway he has the happiest time of his life.
Slakes Limbo was a good book about survival and it was interesting on how he made money. He also made a good use of some unusual things that he collected in the subway.I would reccommend this book to anyone who likes a survival story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slakes Limbo
Slakes Limbo is a good story about a 13 year old boy who is a lives by himself on the streets. The kids he goes to school with chase him and beat him up. Read more
Published on March 12 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Hungry, desperate and harassed -the Story of Aremis Slake
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Published on Feb. 7 2002
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Slakes Limbo is the entrancing and gripping story of Aremis Slake and his early life hardships. Chased by jeering and taunting gangs, Slake scurries into the subways where he... Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Slake's Limbo: The Underground World
Aremis Slake was the worthless lump who was harassed, bullied and stepped on (sometimes literally). Until one day a fortuitous chance puts him in a semi-permanent home underground... Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching, beautiful book
I just finished this book. It is a wonderful story about a young boy who is an outcast and suffers from dire poverty. Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it first
When I was in 7th grade I had a teacher who read us a manuscript that he said was to be published some day - he read it through aloud and and then asked the class for our opinions. Read more
Published on June 21 2001 by Jca
5.0 out of 5 stars A book about a young man who doesn't feel he belongs
The book that I have just read, "Slake's Limbo" was one of the best books that I have read all year. Read more
Published on June 4 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 years late and this is still a phenomenal book!
As a 27 year old now, I still remember curling up with this book and reading it over and over. Sure, its a book with a strong message but it teaches children not to allow... Read more
Published on June 1 2001 by Kevin E. Lawrence
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