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An ALA Best Books for Young Adults
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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.





Thirteen-year-old Aremis Slake, hounded by his fears and misfortunes, flees them into New York City's subway tunnels, never again--he believes--to emerge.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606011143
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/1986
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author

Felice Holman is the author of numerous books for young readers including several volumes of poetry.  She divides her time between Connecticut and California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2004

    Horrid!!!!!!!!

    This is definitly the worst, most depresssing book I`ve ever read. It sucked. Really this was about a sad, bummy foster child who ran away from home. He was depresssing, the book was depresssing, in fact I never want to mention it again because it was so bad. Plus the ending was bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    Slake's Limbo is a very outstanding book!!

    Slakes Limbo a book by Felice Holman is a struggle of a 13-year-old boy. He had to beg for food, tries to make money, and had to live in a cave by the subway tracks. He left his left his aunt¿s house because she was a very abusive person. Slake had found ways to make money, his first way is to sell newspapers that were left behind by commuters. Another way he made money is cleaning the floor at luncheonette. He eats his food at the luncheonette. Slake was very brave living on the streets of New York City. It was a very hard time for him. He made a few friends and enemies. He met a guy named Willis Joe who saved slakes life. Willis Joe had an idea of becoming a sheep hand in Australia. Some times he would walk down the streets, playing a game he liked- looking in windows of stores and choosing the thing, he were allowed only one thing he liked best, but nothing appealed o him as much as a wide brimmed hat he thought he might wear when riding a horse in Australia. While he drove people on the subways he would think that the people would be the sheep and he would be the leader. Slake had a really good relationship with him. This book is very interesting because it is about a young boy surviving on the streets. If I were in his shoes, I know I can¿t live with out my family. I would be skittish to stay by my self out in New York. He was brilliant no his ideas of making money. My favorite part in the book is when Slake gets his first greeting card for Willis Joe. From then on he knew he had one family member and hope. From his perspective we saw a horrible life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    Slake's Limbo Is A gReAt Bo0k

    The story ¿Slakes Limbo¿ by Felice Holman is a novel about a kid named, Aremis Slake who has been harassed during his life with his aunt, school kids, and even the teachers in his school. On the other hand, Slake was very tactless. The main points in this story are when Slake gets lost after he gets off a transfer point, when he sells newspapers to make money, when he gets saved by Willis Joe Whinney, and then he gets a job with the counter girl, and when Collins and Mughes dynamited the wall and made a hole in the Commodore Hotel. First what happened was that Slake goes on a transfer point. He walks around and finally realizes he is lost. He goes into a tunnel to look for an alcove but instead he found the extra hole in the tunnel wall. Slake had amassed things on the ground and in the garbage cans to make the hole into his new home. Aremis sells papers at first, and then he works at the luncheonette. There is one humongous part that happens, but to find out you must read the story. Secondly, Slake had gotten free food he hadn¿t ordered for a low price by the counter girl. the people that had felt pity for Slake was the counter girl, the pink faced lady or the cleaning lady, and the man with the turban. The most important person that felt pity for Slake is also the actual reader. In my perspective I liked the story because it shows how a teenager kid can survive the jungle by himself. In the story Slake thinks the city is the jungle. The other reason why I liked it was because he had two perspectives, one in the beginning and one at the end of the story. This means he is a dynamic character, a character that changes their personalities, attitude, and their perspectives. I likes the rising action because it showed suspense throughout the story. Slake was also a well developed character. My favorite parts of this story is when he gets free food from the luncheonette because if you get free food when you aren¿t paying for all that, I would call that luck. Also, when Slake sneaks into the hole or his new home and stays in there for 121 days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    Slake's Limbo is a very awsome book.

    Slake¿s Limbo is written by Felice Holman. This author represented a lot of metaphors that focused on a bird that represented fear and the sky that represented a boy¿s life (from his perspective.) The bird and the sky were an immense part of the story because they represented symbolism. The main character Aremis Slake is not healthy at all, because he doesn¿t have any food for him to survive and no place to stay. He escaped from his abusing aunt and ran off to the subways. For 121 days Slake was all alone, with fear, in anguish. I really enjoyed reading this novel. It taught me a lot about real life and real situations in the city. I learned how poor people do, how they get money, clothes, food, etc. Another reason I enjoyed this book was because it kept me wanting to read the book and finish it quickly. My favorite part of this book was when Slake was eating at the Diner for the first time. I really like this part because we never was Slake eat and now he finally has a hot meal to fill his warm, empty stomach. I would recommend this book to any seventh grader. It represents the life of a 13 year old and the struggles he faces in a big city, in New York. This book is interesting because he is the same age as I am, but his life is tough and depressing. The ending will surprise you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2000

    this is nadeen guys

    nadeen p.s.

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