The Spinner of Dreams

Harper/HarperCollins/. Aug. 2019. 416p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062673954.
Gr 7 Up–On the day Annalise Meriwether was born, 11 years ago, the town of Carriwitchet ceased to see sunlight and began to experience only terrible things. Coincidence? The town and Annalise blame it all on Annalise’s two-sizes-too-big hand and the shattered black heart mark that radiates pain and fire. If Annalise is going to have any chance at a normal life with friends and rid herself of this curse, she must fight the Fate Spinner and find the Spinner of Dreams. Annalise, along with a supporting cast of dreamers, enter the Mazelands in an effort to find the Spinner of Dreams and have all of their dreams come true. However, the journey isn’t easy and the many obstacles are dangerous. Adventurous readers of all ages will fall in love with this tale of hope, courage, and friendship. Readers who are looking for a nonromantic, quest-centric fantasy will appreciate the relationship that Annalise forges with Mister Edwards, a three-legged fox who guides and encourages Annalise as she follows her dream.
VERDICT Highly recommended; a great title for middle grade book clubs and school and public libraries

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