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The Spindlers

by Lauren Oliver

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | August 31, 2012 | Hardcover

The Spindlers is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.

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 tests-or else her soul, too, will remain Below forever.

FromNew York Timesbest-selling author Lauren Oliver comes a bewitching story about the reaches of loyalty, the meaning of love, and the enduring power of hope.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.63 × 5.88 × 0.9 in

Published: August 31, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061978086

ISBN - 13: 9780061978081

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absolutely delightful middle grade read Liza needs to save her brother, Patrick, from the spindlers. A mysterious, spider like group of people, who are determined to steal his soul. Despite the fact that she doesn't know where they are, is lost in a completely new world and is forced to travel with a talking rat (of all things!) she presses onwards. Determined to see her journey through to the end. There are many things to love about the new middle grade novel, The Spindlers. For starters there's the loveability of it's protagonist Liza. She knows her brother has been taken, and even though he drives her crazy a lot of the time, she's determined to bring him home. Why? Because he's her brother and she loves him. No hesitation. No dragging of the feet. She see's what needs to be done and she's sets off to do it. I found her brave, and intelligent and just generally a joy to read about. And I love that Lauren Oliver touched on the idea of sibling love. I know, even as an adult, I can relate to Liza's feelings about her brother. My own brother can sometimes drive me up the wall, but at the end of the day there's nothing I wouldn't do for him. This is an especially important message to reinforce with children, who are potentially still getting used to having a sibling or at a time when siblings can be at their most mischievous. The world underneath our own world, the one Liza ventures into, is really a testament to Lauren Oliver's creative mind. It's a world reminiscent of The Borrowers or Roald Dahl. It's full of strange but interesting creatures. Case and point, Mirabella, the talking rat that accompanies Liza on part of her journey. She certainly is a bizarre character and at times you really won't know what to make of her. But she is guaranteed to make you laugh and tug at your heartstrings. Final recommendation: Lauren Oliver's The Spindlers is the stuff good middle grade is made out of. It's an adventure to a new world, filled with imaginative and bright characters and it'll keep you hanging on, cheering for Liza and Patrick right until the very last page. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com)
Date published: 2012-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Adventure for the middle school reader The Good Stuff •Absolutely positively delightful -- where were books like this when I was in grade 3? •Reminded me of those wonderful adventure stories like Alice in Wonderland, Spiderwick Chronicles, The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe •Wonderfully created world - Oliver you are bloody brilliant when it comes to creating new and fantastical worlds •Such wonderful commentary on the importance of hope, love and loyalty. Done in such a masterful, simple and never talking down way •Fast paced and never boring - quite frankly never said that before about a middle school book •You gotta love Liza - such a strong, yet realistic, kick butt heroine •Liza fights against what is easy to do what is right - such a fabulous role model The Not So Good Stuff •a wee bit of repetition •For older readers it is a tad predictable Favorite Quotes/Passages "That was the problem with grown-ups; they told you not to lie, and then got angry when you told the truth! And it was Liza who was punished, because the rest of the world was blind." "And is it natural," the rat thundered, quivering with rage, "for some to be cuddled and coddled and hugged, while others are hated and hunted and hurt, because of differences in fur, and tail, and whisker length? I ask you -is that natural?" "This was exactly how things were Above: There were rules, but nobody told you about them, and you were somehow expected to know them anyway, and punished when you didn't" Who Should/Shouldn't Read •Will be recommending this to each and every 8 - 12 yr old girl that comes into my Chapters •Thank goodness I have 2 copies (Thanks sweet Teri) I have passed on this copy to my new neighbors daughter - she is going to love this •Librarians - this book is perfect for that girl -- you know the one -- who loves to lose herself in a good story 4.5 Dewey's I received a copy of this at Book Expo America & sweet Teri gave me a signed copy
Date published: 2012-10-04

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The Spindlers

The Spindlers

by Lauren Oliver

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.63 × 5.88 × 0.9 in

Published: August 31, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061978086

ISBN - 13: 9780061978081

About the Book

Accompanied by an eccentric, human-sized rat, Liza embarks on a perilous quest through an underground realm to save her brother Patrick, whose soul has been stolen by the evilest of creaturesNthe spider-like spindlers.

From the Publisher

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 tests-or else her soul, too, will remain Below forever.

FromNew York Timesbest-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 Oliver is the author of the YA novelsBefore I FallandPanic, and 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 two novels for middle grade readers,The SpindlersandLiesl & Po, which was a 2012 E. B. White Read Aloud Award nominee. Lauren's novelPanichas been optioned for film by Universal Studios. 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.

Editorial Reviews

?Lauren Oliver will again sweep up younger readers with her dark and illuminating tale...The novel pulses with great adventure and plenty of heart.? (Shelf Awareness (starred review))