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Spindlefish and Stars



by
Christiane M. Andrews

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Hachette Book Group
Imprint
Little, Brown BFYR
ISBN
9780316496018
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Cruelty to Animals
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In which a story is spun.
And unspun.

Clothilde has lived her whole life in the shadows with her (sometimes) thieving and (always) ailing father. But when he fails to meet her one morning, sending her instead a mysterious ticket of half-paffage, Clo finds herself journeying across the sea to reunite with him. The ticket, however, leaves her on a sunless island inhabited only by creaking fishermen, a rumpled old woman, a piggish cat, and a moon-cheeked boy named Cary.

Clo is quickly locked away and made to spend her days in unnerving chores with the island's extraordinary fish, while the old woman sits nearby weaving an endless gray tapestry. Frustrated and aching with the loss of her father, Clo must unravel the mysteries of the island and all that's hidden in the vast tapestry's threads -- secrets both exquisite and terrible. And she must decide how much of herself to give up in order to save those she thought she'd lost forever.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Cruelty to Animals

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

400

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8"

Dewey

F

AR

4.7: points 12

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Feb 2021

Book Genres

Fantasy

Topics

Missing persons. Voyages and travels. Tapestry. Fantasy and magic. Legends, myths, and fables. Death and dying. Friendship. Self-esteem and self-reliance. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up-For as long as Clothilde could remember, she has lived her life in the shadows. Traveling from town to town with her father, Clo never gets close to the townsfolk, preferring either her own company or that of her father's. One day, her father does not return home from work and Clo is left to follow the mysterious clues he sends in order to find him. With a ticket for a "half-passage," Clo embarks on a journey to find her father and ends up on a strange island where it is always gray and the villagers speak a language she doesn't understand. On the island, Clo meets an apple-faced woman with an unexpected connection to Clo, a boy who fell from the sky, and a piggish cat that loves creating mischief. Unbeknownst to Clo, each character will play a role in the search for her father-a search that ultimately will give her a deeper understanding of the world. Clo's tale is expertly written, full of beautiful imagery and elements of Greek mythology. Clo's dynamic character growth is one to be applauded. She is thrust into a journey of self-discovery, learning not only about herself, but also her parents: the father she thought she knew and the mother she never met. Over time, Clo's enlightening adventure teaches her to find beauty in tragedy, to help those in need, and to accept what cannot be changed while having the courage to change what she can. These timeless lessons alone make this title worth the read. VERDICT Drawing on elements of Greek mythology, this is an engaging and inventive novel that middle grade readers will enjoy.-Myiesha Speight, Towson Univ., Baltimore?(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up-For as long as Clothilde could remember, she has lived her life in the shadows. Traveling from town to town with her father, Clo never gets close to the townsfolk, preferring either her own company or that of her father's. One day, her father does not return home from work and Clo is left to follow the mysterious clues he sends in order to find him. With a ticket for a "half-passage," Clo embarks on a journey to find her father and ends up on a strange island where it is always gray and the villagers speak a language she doesn't understand. On the island, Clo meets an apple-faced woman with an unexpected connection to Clo, a boy who fell from the sky, and a piggish cat that loves creating mischief. Unbeknownst to Clo, each character will play a role in the search for her father-a search that ultimately will give her a deeper understanding of the world. Clo's tale is expertly written, full of beautiful imagery and elements of Greek mythology. Clo's dynamic character growth is one to be applauded. She is thrust into a journey of self-discovery, learning not only about herself, but also her parents: the father she thought she knew and the mother she never met. Over time, Clo's enlightening adventure teaches her to find beauty in tragedy, to help those in need, and to accept what cannot be changed while having the courage to change what she can. These timeless lessons alone make this title worth the read. VERDICT Drawing on elements of Greek mythology, this is an engaging and inventive novel that middle grade readers will enjoy.-Myiesha Speight, Towson Univ., Baltimore?(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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