The Spindlers

The Spindlers

by Lauren Oliver

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The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

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. Perfect for fans of the author’s other middle grade novels: Liesl & Po and the Curiosity House series.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061978081
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,278,089
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the President of Production.

She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren's bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by Awesomeness Films. Before I Fall was adapted into a major motion picture starring Zoey Deutch. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, garnering a wide release from Open Road Films that year.

Oliver is a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee for her middle-grade novel Liesl & Po, as well as author of the middle-grade fantasy novel The Spindlers and The Curiosity House series, co-written with H.C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.

Oliver co-founded Glasstown Entertainment with poet and author Lexa Hillyer. Since 2010, the company has developed and sold more than fifty-five novels for adults, young adults, and middle-grade readers. Some of its recent titles include the New York Times bestseller Everless, by Sara Holland; the critically acclaimed Bonfire, authored by the actress Krysten Ritter; and The Hunger by Alma Katsu, which received multiple starred reviews and was praised by Stephen King as “disturbing, hard to put down” and “not recommended…after dark.”

Oliver is a narrative consultant for Illumination Entertainment and is writing features and TV shows for a number of production companies and studios.

Oliver received an academic scholarship to the University of Chicago, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University.

www.laurenoliverbooks.com.


Iacopo Bruno is a graphic designer and illustrator. He is also the illustrator of the acclaimed books Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France and Anything But Ordinary Addie, both by Mara Rockliff. He lives and works in Milan, Italy, with his wife, Francesca. Learn more about Iacopo at www.theworldofdot.com and www.iacopobruno.blogspot.it.

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The Spindlers 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Deliciously creepy, The Spindlers reminded me of the classic novel Coraline. It has just enough "scary" to propel kids through the pages but isn't too horrifying to cause nightmares. As an older sister, I really connected to Liza. I LOVE the relationship between her and her little brother. Beautiful writing, lovely characters, a thrilling plot...what more could you want? Can't recommend highly enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it the boy reminds me on my smaller brother and the old baby sitter teminds me of my older sisster! You can somehow relate to these charecters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book ! And i recomend this for anyone whos looking for a good book.
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
I'm in love with Lauren Oliver's writing all over again. Before I Fall and Delirium showed us that she can write emotional, heartwrenching novels. I haven't read Liesl & Po yet (where have I been?), but Spindlers has shown me that she can write magical fantasies that will capture the heart and inner child of middle-grade readers everywhere. As I've mentioned in some past reviews, I'm an older sister myself, and I can easily relate to Liza. Yes, siblings get in fights, but they're your best friends. Half the time, they do the opposite of what you ask them to do, but they're also the ones who understand you best and truly care about you. This is the case with Liza. She remembers the annoying habits of her brother Patrick, but all faults are forgiven when she realizes that her brother's soul has been stolen by Spindlers. Without thought for herself and in spite her her fears, she decides to rescue him. This book reminded me of Gregor the Overlander, which is also about an older sibling who goes "Below" to save a younger sibling. However, Spindlers is more magical and seems to be targeting a slightly younger audience. I love the portraits of the various characters that show up at the beginning of each chapter and only wish that the pictures were larger. The drawings are gorgeous and the world so magical that I wish there were more illustrations accompanying the text. On the bright side though, this also means that we get to imagine the world ourselves. I love middle-grade fantasies for the fantastical worlds they bring to younger readers. Inside, I'm still a bit of a kid and get excited whenever I find an especially extraordinary fantasy book. While I may also enjoy darker, more mature works for young adults and the occasional adult paranormal/urban fantasy read, there's something about the innocent magic of middle-grade fantasies that calls out to me. Spindlers captures that essential element. This book is about sibling relationships, friendship, and taking courage in oneself. As I've also mentioned before, Lauren Oliver is one of my favorite authors. I am looking forward to seeing more new works from her, young adult and middle grade alike and whatever else she comes up with!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book. Starting out it set you right in the action portion and in each chapter you learned about a new mythical creature. Liza discovers her brother soul has been taken my the spindlers. In order to save him she needs to journey alone to the land below. She meets a fancy rat who guides her to the spindler queens nest. Packed with adventure and unique creatures there is never a dull moment. I only rated it a four because I personally am not fond of flashbacks when the story back tracks to explain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend lent me this book ans it is the best! Go Lydie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spindlers is a great read. When Liza's ( the main carachter) little brother has a sudden change in personality, she knows exatly what happened. Little Patrick's soul has been stolen by Spindlers, spidery humanoids that steal souls for food. Join her in her magical mission, with a giant makeup wearing rat for her guide, through the second world called Below. Humous, creepy cool and loving, this book is sure to steal you're soul. P.S. If you read this book and liked it, I would reccomend you read The School for Good and Evil, a book for $2.99 and by the samr author of Spindlers. - Total Book Lover!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would reccomend this book for ages 9 and 10. It is a very fast read but it is still good. It is very magical and fictional.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
This book contains a great story for the young and old alike! It holds your attention throughout the length of the book.
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