Fans of Kelly Barnhill and Claire Legrand will devour this second poignant middle grade fantasy from K. A. Reynolds, set in an imaginative world reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s novels.
Annalise Meriwether — though kind, smart, and curious — is terribly lonely.
Cursed at birth by the devious Fate Spinner, Annalise has always lived a solitary life with her loving parents. She does her best to ignore the cruel folk of her desolate town—but the black mark on her hand won’t be ignored. Not when the monster living within it, which seems to have an agenda of its own, grows more unpredictable each day.
There’s only one way for Annalise to rid herself of her curse: to enter the Labyrinth of Fate and Dreams and defeat the Fate Spinner. So despite her anxiety, Annalise sets out to undo the curse that’s defined her — and to show the world, and herself, exactly who she is inside.
Inventive, empathetic, and strange in all the best ways, The Spinner of Dreams draws from the author’s own experiences to create a story that feels timeless and universal. As she did in her debut, The Land of Yesterday, K. A. Reynolds thoughtfully explores mental health and crafts an adventure that fits right alongside middle grade classics like The Phantom Tollbooth.
K. A. Reynolds is a poet and author from Winnipeg, Canada, currently residing in Maine. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and university presses, including Plainsongs, Modern Haiku, Willard & Maple, and Writer’s Journal. When not caring for the elderly or buried under a mountain of mismatched socks, she can be found writing children’s fiction with dark and fantastical cores. Kristin lives with her five children, four cats, one plump Weimaraner, and carpenter husband in a house filled with things that need fixing, and wouldn’t have it any other way.