The Spindlers

The Spindlers

By Lauren Oliver; Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)

HarperCollins Publishers, Hardcover, 9780061978081, 246pp.

Publication Date: October 2, 2012

Description

Evocative of Alice in Wonderland, this novel from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver is a bewitching story about the reaches of loyalty and the enduring power of hope.

Looking across the breakfast table one morning, twelve-year-old Liza feels dread wash over her. Although her younger brother, Patrick, appears the same, Liza knows that he is actually quite different. She is certain that the spindlers evil, spiderlike beings came during the night and stole his soul. And Liza is also certain that she is the only one who can rescue him.

Armed with little more than her wits and a huge talking rat for a guide, Liza descends into the dark and ominous underground to save Patrick's soul. Her quest is far from easy: she must brave tree-snakes, the Court of Stones, and shape-shifting scawgs before facing her greatest challenge in the spindlers' lair, where more than just Patrick's soul is at stake.



About the Author
Lauren Oliver is the author of the teen novels Before I Fall, Panic, Vanishing Girls, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and are New York Times and international bestselling novels. She is also the author of two novels for middle grade readers, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po, which was an E. B. White Read Aloud Award nominee. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU s MFA program, Lauren Oliver is also the cofounder of the boutique literary development company Paper Lantern Lit. You can visit her online at www.laurenoliverbooks.com.

Iacopo Bruno once had a very special friend who had everything he could possibly want. You see, ever sincethe two of themwere kids, Bruno's friend owned a magical pencil with two perfectly sharp ends. Whenever he wanted something, he drew it and it came to life! Once, he drew a spaceship andthe bothboarded it and went on a nice little tour around the galaxy. Another time, he drew a sparkling red plane that was very similar to the Red Baron's, only a little smaller. He pilotedthe two of theminside a giant volcano that had erupted only an hour earlier. WheneverBruno's friend was tired, he drew a big bed.They dreamed through the night until the morning light shone through the drawn shades. This great friend ofhis eventually moved to China . . . but he left his magic pencil with Bruno!


Praise For The Spindlers

“Richly detailed, at times poetic, ultimately moving; a book to be puzzled over, enjoyed and, ideally, read aloud.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This imaginative fantasy emphasizes individual initiative and the power of hope and friendship. With strong, self-reliant female characters and well-defined action, this is a strong addition to fantasy collections.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)

“Oliver’s magical, mesmerizing quest affirms the saving power of story, friendship, and love.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Oliver’s fluid, poetic prose elevates this tale above the genre, often imparting weight to the simplest sentences....this is sure to win over middle-grade readers.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

“Lauren Oliver will again sweep up younger readers with her dark and illuminating tale...The novel pulses with great adventure and plenty of heart.”
-Shelf Awareness (starred review)

Praise for Liesl & Po:“Classic fairy tale elements weave throughout this spirited, old-fashioned adventure. Invigorating and hopeful, this novel testifies to the power of friendship and generosity to conquer greed and depression.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Liesl & Po:“With her third book, Lauren Oliver (Before I Fall; Delirium) creates another highly original world, this one for middle-grade readers. Oliver introduces orphans Liesl and Will, a touch of magic, some delectable coincidences, and friendship that stretches from the Living Side to the Other Side.”
-Shelf Awareness

Praise for Liesl & Po:“Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver brings much-needed magic to an increasingly neglected age group. It’s books like this, with its classic quest plot, intertwined with lyrical metaphysics, that can set a child up for life.”
-The Sunday Telegraph

Praise for Before I Fall:“Oliver’s debut novel is raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful....readers will love Samantha best as she hurtles toward an end as brave as it is heartbreaking.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Before I Fall:“Samantha’s attempts to save her life and right the wrongs she has caused are precisely what will draw readers into this complex story and keep them turning pages until Sam succeeds in living her last day the right way.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)

Praise for Delirium:“In [Oliver’s] dystopian America, love has been outlawed as the life-threatening source of all discord. Lena’s gradual awakening is set against a convincing backdrop of totalitarian horror. The abrupt ending leaves enough unanswered questions to set breathless readers up for volume two of this trilogy.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Praise for Delirium:“Strong characters, a vivid portrait of the lives of teens in a repressive society, and nagging questions that can be applied to our world today make this book especially compelling and discussable.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)