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.