Friday, February 22, 2013

Book Review: The Spindlers

There's something to be said for the enticement of a cover.  The cover on this audio book jumped out at me and pulled me in.  The girl is adorable with her broom tucked over her back and the lantern by her side.  The title proved to be a good hook as well.

Lauren Oliver has created a magical world below in her story of The Spindlers.  When Liza wakens one morning to discover that her brother Patrick is no longer his real self, she knows full well that the spindlers have gotten to him and stolen his soul.  She is determined to save him, no matter what.  She heads Below with her broom and meets up with a charmingly unique and vain rat, Mirabella.  Together, the two journey to find the nest of the spindlers and face one challenge after another.  Liza must be very brave, despite betrayals, riddles, and terrifying tests.

This book, aimed at readers between the ages of 8 and 12, provides a delightful journey.  The female protagonist is sure to appeal to girls and the adventures will please even boys who are reluctant readers.  This alternate reality is populated with rats, moles, spiders, troglods, nids, and nocturni (dream-weavers) ... a delightful imaginary world.

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