Book Spotlight: The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver


Age Range: 8 and up

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)


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
that 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.

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“Richly detailed, at times poetic, ultimately moving; a book to be
puzzled over, enjoyed and, ideally, read aloud.” (Kirkus Reviews
(starred review))

“This imaginative fantasy emphasizes individual
initiative and the power of hope and friendship. With strong,
self-reliant female characters and well-defined action, this is a strong
addition to fantasy collections.” (School Library Journal (starred

“Oliver’s magical, mesmerizing quest affirms the saving
power of story, friendship, and love.” (Publishers Weekly (starred

“Oliver’s fluid, poetic prose elevates this tale above
the genre, often imparting weight to the simplest sentences….this is
sure to win over middle-grade readers.” (Bulletin of the Center for
Children’s Books (starred review))

“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))

About Lauren Oliver:

 Lauren Oliver comes from a
family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending
hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference
between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an
avid reader.

She attended the University of Chicago, where she
continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and
literature. After college, she attended the MFA program at NYU and
worked briefly as the world’s worst editorial assistant, and only
marginally better assistant editor, at a major publishing house in New
York. Her major career contributions during this time were flouting the
corporate dress code at every possible turn and repeatedly breaking the
printer. Before I Fall is her first published novel.

She is deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as she has never been particularly good at anything else.


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  • Reply
    Nicole Hewitt
    June 14, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    This book looks so interesting – and I LOVE the cover. I will definitely have to pick this up to read with my kids!

    Nicole @ Best Kids' Reads

  • Reply
    Renee C.
    June 15, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Ooh, I've been wanting to read this one! Have you read it? I'm curious to hear what you thought!

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