Release Date: October 2, 2012
Age Group: Middle Grade
Received From: Edelweiss
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.
From “New York Times” best-selling author Lauren Oliver comes a bewitching story about the reaches of loyalty, the meaning of love, and the enduring power of hope.
Lauren Oliver has done it again. I don’t read MG often but I read everything by Lauren Oliver and The Spindlers did not disappoint. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting into with this book, but it didn’t take me long to get immersed in Liza’s adventure to save her brother.
The world in The Spindlers is so much fun. It was very reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland. Liza has to travel Below to save her brother’s soul from the Spindlers and, of course, she meets all kinds of fascinating and sometimes scary creatures on the way. She also has the help of a very strange rat named Mirabella. I loved her so much!
The pace is very fast in The Spindlers. It was a fast read for me and I really enjoyed going on the journey with Liza and Mirabella. If I would have had this book as a kid I would have read it over and over. If you enjoy the occasional middle grade or if you’re like me and have to read everything Lauren Oliver writes then don’t miss out on this one. It will definitely enchant!