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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

The Spindlers
by Lauren Oliver
ISBN: 978-0-06-219025-3
Suggested Ages: 8-12 (But hey I am 42 and I truly enjoyed it)
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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.

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