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One night when Liza went to bed, Patrick was her chubby, stubby, candy-grubbing and pancake-loving younger brother, who irritated and amused her both, and the next morning, when she woke up, he was not. In fact, he was quite, quite different.

When Liza's brother, Patrick, changes overnight, Liza knows exactly what has happened: The spindlers have gotten to him and stolen his soul.

She knows, too, that she is the only one who can save him.

To rescue Patrick, Liza must go Below, armed with little more than her wits and a broom. There, she uncovers a vast world populated with talking rats, music-loving moles, greedy troglods, and overexcitable nids... as well as terrible dangers. But she will face her greatest challenge at the spindlers' nests, where she encounters the evil queen and must pass a series of deadly tests — or else her soul, too, will remain Below forever.

From New York Times best-selling author Lauren Oliver comes a bewitching story about the reaches of loyalty, the meaning of love, and the enduring power of hope.

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"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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"This imaginative fantasy emphasizes individual initiative and the power of hope and friendship. With strong, self-reliant female characters and well-defined action, this is a strong addition to fantasy collections." School Library Journal (starred review)

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"Oliver's fluid, poetic prose elevates this tale above the genre, often imparting weight to the simplest sentences....this is sure to win over middle-grade readers." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

Review:

"Lauren Oliver will again sweep up younger readers with her dark and illuminating tale....The novel pulses with great adventure and plenty of heart." Shelf Awareness (starred review)

About the Author

Lauren Oliver is the author of the New York Times bestseller Before I Fall, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Her thrilling second novel, Delirium, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and is the first book in a trilogy. Oliver is also the author of a luminous novel for younger readers, Liesl & Po. A graduate of the University of Chicago and the MFA program at New York University, Lauren is now a full-time writer and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Lieder Madchen, March 7, 2013 (view all comments by Lieder Madchen)
This is, at its heart, a fairytale. It is simple and sweet and rich with beautiful descriptions. It is not groundbreaking or even particularly original, but it is a lovely story.

I'm honestly not sure what else to say about this book. It's a bedtime story that you can tell to your children. It doesn't have any great depth. It's good, but not thought provoking. Fun, but it doesn't make you laugh or cry. It's probably the most average thing Lauren Oliver has ever written.

The world is great, I will give it that. It has quirkiness and beauty and an edge of darkness and shadows. I
really liked the nocturni, a winged race of dream carriers.

I would recommend this as a read-aloud for kids of all ages. Just be careful not to expect too much from it; it's lovely, but there are no fireworks.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061978081
Author:
Oliver, Lauren
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Illustrator:
Bruno, Iacopo
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.89 in 12 oz
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "This imaginative fantasy emphasizes individual initiative and the power of hope and friendship. With strong, self-reliant female characters and well-defined action, this is a strong addition to fantasy collections."
"Review" by , "Oliver's fluid, poetic prose elevates this tale above the genre, often imparting weight to the simplest sentences....this is sure to win over middle-grade readers."
"Review" by , "Lauren Oliver will again sweep up younger readers with her dark and illuminating tale....The novel pulses with great adventure and plenty of heart."
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