The Resource The spindlers, Lauren Oliver ; illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

The spindlers, Lauren Oliver ; illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

Label
The spindlers
Title
The spindlers
Statement of responsibility
Lauren Oliver ; illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
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Contributor
Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 creatures--the spider-like spindlers
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Award
School Library Journal Best Books, 2012.
Review
  • Grades 4-7 When Liza’s little brother, Patrick, comes downstairs one morning, she knows that Spindlers have gotten him: while he slept, they crept in, stole his soul, deposited their eggs, and slipped back to their underground lairs. Soon the fake Patrick will turn to dust, and a thousand new Spindlers will burst into the world. Liza tries to tell her exhausted, busy parents, but they don’t believe her. So Liza sets out to reclaim Patrick’s soul. Oliver’s new middle-grade novel feels a bit like a fantasy checklist: misunderstood girl goes through door on quest, teams up with eccentric sidekick, is double-crossed, solves riddles and thwarts monsters, is saved from disaster by friendly creatures, and returns home with new understanding. In spite of these familiar elements, the story flows well, with enough dangers to propel the pace and plenty of memorable characters, including Mirabella, the makeup-wearing rat. Oliver creates a sympathetic heroine in Liza, whose trials, both Below and Above, will appeal to young readers. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: An author tour, media appearances, a dedicated Facebook page, and even a sweepstakes will likely expand the audience for this title beyond Oliver’s zillions of current fans. -- Rutan, Lynn (Reviewed 07-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 21, p66)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 4 – 6 — Patrick has always been a sweet, lovable child, but one morning Liza notices that her younger brother seems remote and somehow empty. Their parents are too preoccupied to notice, but Liza remembers eerie stories her beloved babysitter used to tell. She realizes that this not-Patrick is a changeling. Her real brother has been taken by the spindlers-spiderlike creatures that haunt the world below. These evil beings gather their power from the souls of those they steal, while the counterfeits they leave behind spawn more spindlers to prey on the human sphere. When Liza resolves to brave the danger and retrieve Patrick's soul, she meets Mirabella, a talking rat who claims to know the way to the spindler queen's nesting place. Together, they set off on their quest. The underground realm is filled with unusual residents-some amusing, some quietly beautiful, and some truly terrifying. Mirabella seems friendly and helpful, but the rat's cheerful demeanor hides a shocking secret. Ultimately, Liza and Mirabella must face their own tests of courage and sacrifice with not only Patrick's fate, but all of Below at stake. This imaginative fantasy emphasizes individual initiative and the power of hope and friendship. Below is a fully realized alternate world with echoes of both classic literature and mythology. This is particularly notable in its variety of inhabitants. Although the creatures are Oliver's own creations, such beings as the winged, dream-bearing nocturni and the shape-shifting, cannibalistic scawgs have the feel of true folklore. With strong, self-reliant female characters and well-defined action, this is a strong addition to fantasy collections.—Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL --Elaine E. Knight (Reviewed September 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 9, p152)
  • /* Starred Review */ Liza knows the spiderlike Spindlers have stolen the soul of her brother, Patrick, when he spells “I H-A-T-E Y-O-U” in his Alpha-Bits cereal one morning. “And they had left this thing, this not-younger-brother, in its place.” Liza’s harried parents reprimand her for making up stories, so she ventures into the damp basement, crawls through the hole behind the bookcase, and falls into the world “Below” to save her brother. There, a gaudily dressed, loquacious rat, Mirabella, agrees to lead Liza to the Spindlers’ nests. Along the way, Mirabella introduces Liza to troglods, who sell lost human objects; the lumer-lumpen (glowworms); nocturni, who guard human souls; and other strange, frightening creatures. The terrain changes in dreamlike fashion as Liza travels through market, forest, palace, mountain, and more, making discoveries both terrible and hopeful. Themes of fairness, loyalty, betrayal, and redemption play out in Liza and Mirabella’s relationship, and throughout the underworld cosmos. Oliver’s (Liesl & Po) magical, mesmerizing quest affirms the saving power of story, friendship, and love. Ages 8–12. Agent: Stephen Barbara, Foundry Literary + Media. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed September 3, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 36, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Liza must venture Below to rescue her little brother's soul, stolen by evil, power-hungry spider people called spindlers, in this refreshingly creepy, intricately woven tale. A concealed hole in the wall behind a narrow bookcase in her family's basement is her entry, and amid loud scratching noises, Liza trips, falling down into the darkness Below. Mirabella, a giant rat who wears newspaper for a skirt, becomes her trusted guide to the spindlers' nests, which Liza must reach before the Feast of the Souls. But things are never what they seem in Oliver's vividly imagined world....An arduous, dangerous and fantastical journey ensues. As in the author's first terrific book for middle-grade readers, Liesl & Po (2011), there is a smorgasbord of literary references, including strong echoes of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It is laced with humor and engaging wordplay, as well as riddles and death-defying tests and enchantments. Wholly original creatures populate the tale, some reassuring and wise, like the nocturni and lumer-lumpen, others wonderfully macabre (and ferocious), like the queen of the spindlers and the shape-shifting scawgs. In the course of her episodic quest, Liza discovers she is resourceful and brave; she sees things differently than before. Richly detailed, at times poetic, ultimately moving; a book to be puzzled over, enjoyed and, ideally, read aloud. (Final illustrations not seen.) (Fantasy. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10141450
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1982-
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Oliver, Lauren
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 8-12
  • 840L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
5.8
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Bruno, Iacopo
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True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
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  • Brothers and sisters
  • Soul
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The spindlers, Lauren Oliver ; illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
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rdacarrier
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Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
246 pages
Isbn
9780061978081
Lccn
2012009698
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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The spindlers, Lauren Oliver ; illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
Publication
Copyright
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volume
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rdacarrier
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
246 pages
Isbn
9780061978081
Lccn
2012009698
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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