The Spindlers

By Lauren Oliver; Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)
(HarperCollins Publishers, Hardcover, 9780061978081, 246pp.)

Publication Date: October 2012

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '12 Kids List
“With her second book for middle readers, following Liesl & Po, Oliver has another hit on her hands. When Liza's brother Patrick has his soul stolen by spider-like spindlers, and her overburdened mother dismisses everything she says as a child's fantasy, Liza takes it upon herself to travel Below to save Patrick and ends up embarking on a journey of self-discovery that will speak to anyone who's ever had 'childish fantasies.'”
-- Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC


Description

One night when Liza went to bed, Patrick was her chubby, stubby, candy-grubbing and pancake-loving younger brother, who irritated and amused her both, and the next morning, when she woke up, he was not. In fact, he was quite, quite different.

When Liza's brother, Patrick, changes overnight, Liza knows exactly what has happened: The spindlers have gotten to him and stolen his soul.

She knows, too, that she is the only one who can save him.

To rescue Patrick, Liza must go Below, armed with little more than her wits and a broom. There, she uncovers a vast world populated with talking rats, music-loving moles, greedy troglods, and overexcitable nids . . . as well as terrible dangers. But she will face her greatest challenge at the spindlers' nests, where she encounters the evil queen and must pass a series of deadly testsor else her soul, too, will remain Below forever.

From New York Times best-selling author Lauren Oliver comes a bewitching story about the reaches of loyalty, the meaning of love, and the enduring power of hope.




About the Author
Lauren Oliveris the author of the YA bestselling novelsBefore I Fall, Panic, andVanishing Girlsand the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, andRequiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and areNew York Timesand international bestselling novels. She is also the author of three novels for middle grade readers: The Spindlers;Liesl & Po, which was an E. B. White Read Aloud Award nominee; andCuriosity House: The Shrunken Head, co-written with H. C. Chester, and a novel for adults, Rooms. 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.

Iacopo Bruno is an illustrator and graphic designer living in Milan, Italy.
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