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The Spindlers

The Spindlers - Lauren Oliver, Iacopo Bruno MY THOUGHTSLOVED ITLiza's baby sitter, Anna, has told her tales about the Spindlers, spider-like creatures that live below and steal the souls of unsuspecting children which they feast on. She knows the telltale signs, such as not acting normal, which in her little brother's case means brushing his teeth without complaint, going to bed without an argument and just generally behaving. So when these things start happening, she knows without a doubt that Patrick's soul has been stolen. Much like Alice in Wonderland, Liza discovers a passageway that sends her Below into the land of under-dwellers. There she meets Mirabelle, a rat, who helps Liza make her way to the Spindler's nest and save her brother's soul. There are challenges to the journey and you wonder whether Liza has it in her to save her brother. This page turning adventure would be a pleasure to read out loud and reminded me a bit of The Tale of Despereaux and Spiderwick Chronicles . I really enjoyed Liza and her imagination. There are also lots of wonderful characters involved and this would be a wonderful gift for a youngster just starting chapter books.

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