The Spindlers by Lauren OliverAdvance Reader’s Copy, Pub date: 9/18/2012
Target Audience: Ages 8-12
Younger brothers can be annoying, messy, loud, candy-stealing pests and Liza’s Patrick is no exception. The realization that he is also cute, amusing and entertaining comes to late. It’s morning and the boy sitting opposite her at the kitchen table quietly, slowly and methodically eating his bowl of cereal is most definitely NOT her brother. Her worst fear has come true, the Spindlers, evil spider-like creatures who live underground, have stolen her brother’s soul and left this changeling, this not-Patrick in its place. Liza tries to convey this crisis to her parents who brush it off as their daughter’s overactive imagination. Determined not to give up on her brother, she sets off on a quest down below to retrieve his soul. In this whimsical adventure Liza befriends a rat, battles tree snakes in the Live Forest, travels the perilous River of Knowledge and discovers the source of dreams. Author of Liesl and Po, Oliver delivers up a fanciful, magical, and wondrous tale that will captivate young readers, boys and girls alike. Recommend to fans of Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu or Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison.