July 2012 Indie Next List
“With her second book for middle readers, following Liesl & Po, Oliver has another hit on her hands. When Liza's brother Patrick has his soul stolen by spider-like spindlers, and her overburdened mother dismisses everything she says as a child's fantasy, Liza takes it upon herself to travel Below to save Patrick and ends up embarking on a journey of self-discovery that will speak to anyone who's ever had 'childish fantasies.'”
— Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
Evocative of "Alice in Wonderland, " this novel from the #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Before I Fall" follows 12-year-old Liza as she embarks on a daring quest through the dark and fascinating world that exists beneath our own. Illustrations.
About the Author
Lauren Oliveris the author of the YA bestselling novelsBefore I Fall, Panic, andVanishing Girlsand the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, andRequiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and areNew York Timesand international bestselling novels. She is also the author of three novels for middle grade readers: The Spindlers;Liesl & Po, which was an E. B. White Read Aloud Award nominee; andCuriosity House: The Shrunken Head, co-written with H. C. Chester, and a novel for adults, Rooms. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU s MFA program, Lauren Oliver is also the cofounder of the boutique literary development company Paper Lantern Lit.
Iacopo Bruno once had a very special friend who had everything he could possibly want. You see, ever sincethe two of themwere kids, Bruno's friend owned a magical pencil with two perfectly sharp ends. Whenever he wanted something, he drew it and it came to life! Once, he drew a spaceship andthe bothboarded it and went on a nice little tour around the galaxy. Another time, he drew a sparkling red plane that was very similar to the Red Baron's, only a little smaller. He pilotedthe two of theminside a giant volcano that had erupted only an hour earlier. WheneverBruno's friend was tired, he drew a big bed.They dreamed through the night until the morning light shone through the drawn shades. This great friend ofhis eventually moved to China . . . but he left his magic pencil with Bruno!