The Deadlies: Spiders on the Case

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Can Jo Bell spin a web big enough to catch . . . a criminal? The world's friendliest spiders take center stage in bestselling author Kathryn Lasky's latest book about The Deadlies!

They're sweet and friendly . . . but they just happen to be super toxic. The Deadlies are the world's most misunderstood family of spiders. Kicked out of home after home, all the Deadlies want is to settle down in a cozy web with no exterminators around.

Now they've ...

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Overview

Can Jo Bell spin a web big enough to catch . . . a criminal? The world's friendliest spiders take center stage in bestselling author Kathryn Lasky's latest book about The Deadlies!

They're sweet and friendly . . . but they just happen to be super toxic. The Deadlies are the world's most misunderstood family of spiders. Kicked out of home after home, all the Deadlies want is to settle down in a cozy web with no exterminators around.

Now they've found the perfect place - the Rare Books room at the Boston Library. The librarian isn't afraid of the Deadlies, and they have lots of lovely books to explore. But their peace is threatened when a thief starts targetting the library. Can the Deadlies spin a web big enough to catch a crook - or is it back on the road once more?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
In her second book about "The Deadlies," a highly poisonous family of brown recluse spiders, the family of Mother Edith and spiderlings Jo Bell, Felix, and Julep seem to have found safety in their new home at the Boston Public Library and some new friends in conservator Tom who works at the library and a brown walnut spider Buster, who is seeking help to save his beloved library materials. Turns out a couple of rogue library users are cutting rare illustrations and maps from very old historical volumes for sale on the black market. The family works together to form a plan to help save the valuable materials. By learning hieroglyphics the spiders manage to send a message to Tom in time to apprehend the evildoers but in the process they expose their presence, leading to the call to the ever-feared exterminator. They decide to move on in their search for a safe haven, taking new friend Buster along for their next "Deadlies" series adventure. A low key mystery with simple characters this will have appeal to fans of the first book and fans of spiders. A lack of character development hampers the story a bit, but overall it is an interesting if typical early detective novel with unusual protagonists. An author's note includes additional information about brown recluse spiders. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—The Deadlies, a family of brown recluse spiders, think they have finally found a secure home in the rare book room of the Boston Public Library. For the first time, a human, Tom the librarian, welcomes them. He knows spiders eat silverfish, beetles, and other creatures that damage books. Jo Bell and her family know something is amiss when two regular patrons sneak in their X-Acto knives. They are stealing rare maps, and the spiders want to put a stop to it. A new arachnid friend named Buster knows a thing or two about solving crimes. By using knowledge learned in a pop-up book, the spiders set a trap and find a way to communicate with Tom. Young readers will relate to the family drama and rivalry between Jo Bell and her siblings. There are moments of good humor. The spiders in the illustrations are full of expression, and the drawings help move the story along. Fans of Lasky's talking animal fantasies will be caught up in this clever family's web.—Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH
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Praise for The Deadlies: Felix Takes the Stage

"This nicely designed chapter book features appealing characters facing dangers with courage but searching for something more in their lives than either swashbuckling adventure or cozy domesticity." - Booklist

"Humor and action seamlessly blend as these arachnids struggle for survival against the scary E-Men who threaten them with extermination. Vivid characters, from the theatrical godspider Fat Cat to the pompous orb weaver Oliphant Uxbridge, make up the clever supporting cast. Genuinely funny dialogue helps move the brief chapters along, and Gilpin's lively black-and-white drawings provide an animated accompaniment" - Kirkus

Children's Literature - Greta Holt
Something is horribly wrong at the Boston Public Library. Rare books, particularly those containing maps and historical fashions, are being destroyed. Someone is cutting parts out of the priceless volumes. Buster, a brown walnut spider, wants to expose the culprits, but he is tiny and not scary at all. Buster spies upon the new spider family of deadly brown recluses. They are not mean at all! In fact, the lonely Buster would love to be a part of their family. Shyly, he approaches the outspoken Jo Bell, a young recluse spider who is studying French. It is a library, after all. Jo Bell has just witnessed the destruction of a fashion book, via scissors, by one power hungry human. Outraged, she and her family join forces with Buster to expose the culprits. But how will they communicate their findings to Tom, the kind conservator of the library? Lasky continues her "The Deadlies" series with a humorous and informative story. The illustrations by Gilpon enhance the light, happy texture of the narrative. Lasky uses the library to interest children in rare books, which are used to help solve the crime. She includes an appendix containing further information about brown recluse spiders. Reviewer: Greta Holt
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545116824
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Series: Deadlies Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Lasky is the Newbery Honor-winning author of over one hundred books for children and young adults. Her beloved Guardians of Ga’Hoole fantasy series has sold more than 4 million copies, and she is the author of A TIME FOR COURAGE and other titles in the Dear America series. Kathryn has also written a number of critically acclaimed nonfiction titles, such as BEYOND THE BURNING TIME and TRUE NORTH. She lives with her husband in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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