Looking across the breakfast table one morning, twelve-year-old Liza
feels dread wash over her. Although her younger brother, Patrick,
appears the same, Liza knows that he is actually quite different. She is
certain that the spindlers — evil, spiderlike beings — came during the
night and stole his soul. And Liza is also certain that she is the only
one who can rescue him.
Armed with little more than her wits and a huge talking rat for a guide, Liza descends into the dark and ominous underground to save Patrick’s soul. Her quest is far from easy, and the road to the spindlers’ nests is riddled with danger. She must brave tree snakes, the Court of Stones, and shape-shifting serpents before facing her greatest challenge in the spindlers’ lair, where more than just Patrick’s soul is at stake.
Evocative of Alice in Wonderland as well as Neil Gaiman’s modern classic, Coraline, this new middle-grade novel follows Liza as she embarks on a daring quest through the dark and fascinating world that exists beneath our own.
Lauren Oliver captivated readers with her first novel, the much-honored New York Times bestseller Before I Fall, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. She followed that up with the New York Times bestsellers Delirium and Pandemonium, the first two books in a trilogy. Oliver is also the author of Liesl & Po, a book for middle-grade readers, which received three starred reviews and was a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU’s MFA program, Lauren Oliver lives in Brooklyn, NY.