The Lifters by DAVE EGGERSThe Lifters by DAVE EGGERS

The Lifters

byDAVE EGGERS

Hardcover | April 24, 2018

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Journey to an underground world where adventure awaits and heroes are made in this middle grade novel from the bestselling, Pulitzer-nominated author of The Monk of Mokha and Her Right Foot.

When Gran and his family move to Carousel, he has no idea that the town is built atop a secret. Little does he suspect, as he walks his sister to school or casually eats a banana, that mysterious forces lurk mere inches beneath his feet, tearing up the earth like mini-hurricanes and causing the town to slowly but surely sink.

When Gran''s friend, the difficult-to-impress Catalina Catalan, presses a silver handle into a hillside and opens a doorway to underground, he knows that she is extraordinary and brave, and that he will have no choice but to follow wherever she leads. With luck on their side, and some discarded hockey sticks for good measure, Gran and Catalina might just find a way to lift their town--and the known world--out of danger.

In The Lifters, critically acclaimed author Dave Eggers establishes himself as a storyteller who can entertain and inspire readers of any age.

"This book is a ripper, full of all the good stuff: adventure, mystery, and lots of great jokes." - Mac Barnett, Caldecott Honor-winning author of Extra Yarn

"Full of surprises, magic, and heart." - Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me

"[A] cozy contemporary novel about lifting spirits and rebuilding community through teamwork and imagination." --Publishers Weekly

"A heart-gladdening work of allegorical genius." --The Guardian

"A warm and rewarding read . . .Eggers skillfully handles the trope of the kids who save the town, with plenty of humorous adult cluelessness but an equal measure of compassion." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children''s Books

"Original . . . and always intriguing. . . . Eggers''s story moves along briskly thanks to mounting suspense and bite-size chapters." --Booklist

A Junior Library Guild selection
Dave Eggers grew up near Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern), and a monthly magazine, The Believer. McSweeney&...
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Title:The LiftersFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8.38 X 6.75 X 1.19 inShipping dimensions:352 pages, 8.38 X 6.75 X 1.19 inPublished:April 24, 2018Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1524764167

ISBN - 13:9781524764166

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Gran did not want to move to Carousel. But his parents had little choice. His father, a mechanic, had not had steady work in many years, for reasons unknown to Gran. His mother had had an accident when Gran was young, and was now in a wheelchair. His parents never explained quite what happened, and Gran didn’t feel right asking. After a while, when people asked Gran about his mother’s condition, he just said, “She was born that way.” It was the easiest way out of the conversation. But he remembered when she walked. He remembered that she had once worked as an artist in museums, making the animals in ­dioramas look realistic. He had a foggy memory of standing, as a toddler, in an African savannah with her as she touched up the whiskers of a cheetah. That was before the wheelchair. Then Gran’s sister Maisie was born, and his mother hadn’t returned to work. Gran’s father had built a studio for her, enclosing their deck and filling it with easels and paint and worktables, everything the right height. But Gran couldn’t remember her ever using it. “My art is them now,” Gran heard her say to his father one day. At the time, Gran didn’t know what that meant. Something of her talents had rubbed off on Gran. When he was four, his mother began giving him a certain kind of clay, available in hundreds of colors, that hardened when baked in the oven. With this clay, and with his mother’s gentle guidance, he formed penguins and dolphins and narwhals—­sea creatures who shared the Atlantic with him. There was a distinct satisfaction in taking a block of blue clay and warming it, rolling it into a ball, then pinching it here to make a fin, squeezing there to make a tail—­and suddenly, from a blue ball there was something like a whale. Gran made animals from clay when he was happy, when he was sad, and especially when his parents fought. He was never sure what would happen when his parents argued, how loud it would get or how long it would go on, but he always knew that in twenty minutes, as their voices faded from his mind, he could make a ball of colored clay look like an orca, a manatee, a hammerhead shark. As he worked, Maisie usually watched. “Doesn’t look like anything,” she would say as he first rolled the clay. He would pinch and pull, and she would say, “Looks like a snake. Snakes are boring.” Then he would twist and poke, and something different, and specific, would emerge, and always Maisie acted like it was a miracle. “How’d you do that?” she would ask, her voice awed. Gran liked nothing better in the world than to hear his sister’s voice awed. It gave him immeasurable strength for reasons he could not know.

Editorial Reviews

“This book is a ripper, full of all the good stuff: adventure, mystery, and lots of great jokes.”  —Mac Barnett, Caldecott Honor–winning author of Extra Yarn"Full of surprises, magic, and heart." --Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me"A heart-gladdening work of allegorical genius . . . brilliantly rendering the bewildering stupidity of the adult world as seen by children." —The Guardian"Eggers performs a marvelous sleight of hand, producing a first-rate middle grade adventure that doubles as a political parable for our times." —The Buffalo News“[A] cozy contemporary novel about lifting spirits and rebuilding community through teamwork and imagination.” —Publishers Weekly"A warm and rewarding read . . .Eggers skillfully handles the trope of the kids who save the town, with plenty of humorous adult cluelessness but an equal measure of compassion." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children''s Books"Original . . . and always intriguing. . . . Eggers''s story moves along briskly thanks to mounting suspense and bite-size chapters." —Booklist"A whimsical, fantastical story with elements of realism. . . . This atmospheric story''s detailed plot moves quickly, and all the characters experience growth." —School Library Journal