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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 TollboothAnnalise Meriwether though kind smart and curious is terribly lonelyCursed 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 townsfolk of her desolate town but the black mark on her hand won’t be ignoredNot when the monster living within it which seems to have an agenda of its own grows unpredictable each dayThere’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 herse ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Thank youThe Spinner Of Dreams follows Annalise Meriwether a girl with a curse shunned by almost everyone in her town She decides to fight against her curse and find the Fate SpinnerI loved the imagery the author created and I was so glad to see loving parents in a healthy daughter parents relationship I absolutely loved all the characters and especially the cat and the foxThere were some parts that were perhaps a bit too descriptive for a middle grade but there isn’t anything in this novel that I didn’t find lovely I wish I had read this as a child because this story has so much potential to encourage children to be pro active and resilientBeautifully written it is a lyrical story about uniue friendships hope personal growth and empowerment and it flawlessly portrays anxiety and depression in a very accurate mental health representation Filled with symbolism and metaphors it offers us an important meaningful message about finding your inner strength to go on and achieve your goalsAnnaliese’s journey was wonderful told in an eerie and whimsical tone and emotionally connecting the reader to her creating empathy The fantasy and mythology aspects were intricate and uniue the worldbuilding was very creative and I'm sure Alice in Wonderland fans will love this I will certainly read the next book this author writesHighly recommended for older children and adults It was an amazing novel and I’ll definitely buy the hardback look at that super pretty cover

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The Spinner of DreamsLf exactly who she is inside “With this haunting wildly imaginative deeply felt fairy tale KA Reynolds proves to be a gifted dream spinner herself A testament to the power of hope determination and of having a magical cat on your side” Anne Ursu author of The Lost Girl “A magnificent and fantastical journey expertly woven with magic imagination and hope Reynolds gently draws the reader to a place where fragile dreams are realized where broken hearts are made whole Readers will be utterly captivated” JC Cervantes New York Times bestselling author of The Storm RunnerUtterly thrilling and achingly poignant The Spinner of Dreams positively brims with magic mystery and poetry This is the kind of book I needed when I was eleven years old the type that proves that girls can fight their demons and win Hayley Chewins author of The Turnaway GirlsAdventurous readers of all ages will fall in love with this tale of hope courage and friendship Readers who are looking for a nonromantic uest centric fant My childhood was often one of loneliness I was shy introverted and deeply anxiety ridden So often I turned to books my imagination exploring the woods behind my house and of course to dreams Since I never felt a sense of security at home or at school I was always waiting for the worst to happen To escape this I would most often grab a book head to the woods with my backpack containing a sketchbook and drawing pencils and try to find some sense of peace and belonging One day I grabbed a book that would change my life Alice in Wonderland by Lewis CarrollDespite the title’s Wonderland the land that Alice entered by falling down the rabbit hole was not filled with only but wonder but chaos and confusion that were often not only befuddling to Alice but overwhelming Yet Alice never ever gave up She continued on in her journey through a land where they were “all mad here” Yet in the topsy turvy world of Wonderland I saw a glimpse of how I saw the world Adults were confusing contradictory and to my child’s mind just plain crazy I clung to Alice in Wonderland like a life raft Alice would be my friend just like Anne Shirley Meg Murry and the Little Prince would become my friends I felt like I knew and understand these literary friends far better than I did the kids who were actually around me in my neighborhood and at my schoolAs all great fairy tales begin so too does the latest by KA Reynolds “Once upon a time before the War of Fates the Mazelands had been ruled by powerful elves twin brothers who controlled the fates and dreams of every being in all worlds one ruled the Mazelands the realm of fate; the other ruled the right the realm of dreams” Within this modern fairy tale there also falls a curse this one on a girl named Annalise Meriwether Her left hand is twice as large as her right and bears the mark of a broken black heart the Fate Spinner’s mark which can spark fires Annalise is blamed for the problems of the local town Wanting to rid herself of the curse she undertakes entering the labyrinth of Fate and Dreams to defeat the Fate SpinnerAs a boy I was drawn to Alice in Wonderland and then to fairy tales precisely because there was a darkness to them Fairy tales do not hide that the world is filled with trouble that one has to enter the forest one has to face the monsters and that ultimately one can defeat them Neil Gaiman in a paraphrase of a uote by GK Chesterton wrote “Fairy tales are than true not because they tell us that dragons exist but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten” That is why we so desperately need them – why I needed themIn my lonely childhood there were bullies some had come disguised first as friends Like Annalise I was often an isolated child who dreamed of changing my fate In my imagination I was the hero that I read about in books or my friends were the ones I found on pages from Anne Shirley to Meg Murry to the Little Prince I escaped the difficulties of home life and school by retreating into books and daydreaming These books were life rafts for me I clung to them and wished to have a kindred spirit like Anne with an “e” She showed me that it was okay to be different to be creative to daydream to see the world differently and she taught me the power of story As a boy I wish I had had a character like Annalise Meriwether I can picture me now running to the woods behind our house to sit under my favorite tree and read and re read The Spinner of DreamsWhat K A Reynolds has done is to create a character who shows how one can seek a new identity of healing and power over our own narratives This book is a testament of not only surviving but of empowerment resilience and hope By creating a character like Annalise who struggles with anxiety and PTSD she has also given such a well developed protagonist whose flaws are exactly what makes her so compelling because she is also kind curious brave and imaginativeIn one section of the book a cat named Muse tells Annalise “Dreams are very powerful things Annalise Know another’s dreams know their heart” One gets a real sense of the author’s heart in this masterful and powerful storytelling because it is filled with compassion empathy and the magical alchemy of beautiful prose whose images stay with the reader long after they have closed the book Annalise is broken and wounded but from those very things comes her strength and her power as she reaches out to those who are hurting those who are outsiders and those who so often get overlooked“Always listen to the poets” Reynolds writes “They are the secret keepers of dreams And remember there is no dream without risk no fear without courage” When I read those words I thought of all the poets I have ever read and loved whose words were sustaining and nourishing to my own spirit during times of great difficulty Poets like Rumi Rimbaud and Rilke To that I would add a new poet Reynolds What she has given us in The Spinner of Dreams is something rare and precious that brims with magic and imagination and emotion There is a depth to Reynolds’ writing that is rare and captivatingBy the time I had finished The Spinner of Dreams I found tears were running down my cheeks I knew that this would be a book my childhood self would have desperately loved to have read but I was grateful that my adult self was getting the opportunity to read it now I hoped that every child who felt as I had alone scared anxious isolated would see themselves in Annalise and find hope courage and the ability to continue to dare to dream and strive to change their own fates


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read The Spinner of Dreams kindle Û Kindle Edition ☆ dogsalonbristol Ý [Ebook] ➯ The Spinner of Dreams ➮ K.A. Reynolds – Inventive empathetic and strange in all the best ways The Spinner of Dreams draws from the author’s own experiences to create a story tAsy 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 School Library JournalPraise for The Land of Yesterday “Told with riveting language this is a poignant tale that will resonate with readers of all ages and leave them reeling from such an emotional gorgeous story” Roshani Chokshi New York Times bestselling author of Aru Shah and the End of Time“From its first words The Land of Yesterday has the pure crystal ring of a classic like The Little Prince or The Phantom Tollbooth beautiful uniue and shimmering with truth It’s a balm for grief and a bursting fantastical joy of a story” Laini Taylor New York Times bestselling author of Strange the Dreamer Laini Taylor New York Times bestselling author of Strange the Dreamer“Richly imagined creative and entertaining” School Library Journal I think this is a great starting book for MG readers to get into heavier fantasy  It was part fairytale part adventure part humanity with some portal magic  There were talking animals curses strange creatures and challenges  This book has a little bit of everything with beautiful writingWhen Annalise was born her whole town became cursed by the Fate Spinner  Annalise had one hand that was larger than another with a broken black heart  She had purple eyes and blackberry colored hair  She was a strange girl but her family loved her  Unfortunately the cruelty of the people around her was terrible  They blamed Annalise for everything  They called her a monster  She never had a friend   Her mom found a hypoallergenic cat at the shelter her dad is allergic and the three went to see if they could adopt him  The cat was afraid of people but he approached Annalise after she spoke to him  He came out of the cage and she saw that one of his paws was larger than the other  It felt like fate until the cat ran away  Looking into the cage Annalise found a book  Annalise felt that her hand was a monster  It had a mind of it's own and destroyed things  She finally had enough and decided to enter the Labyrinth to find the Spinner of Dreams  Annalise wanted to control her own fate and wanted her life to be happy  Dreams are the one thing that must always be followedAnnalise uickly found out that she could talk to animals  She made her first friend on a train a black fox trying to get back to his husband  She also met siblings who were nice to her  But the labyrinth was full of challenges  The Fate Spinner wanted Annalise to fail  She tried to turn everyone against her  Annalise finds things that help her along the way  She has memories from the past and gets information from the old king and ueen  She is terrified but kept finding her strength to go onI think you're just the girl for the job  The perfect candidate for greatness is often the one who feels least ualifiedAnnalise found out so much about herself on this adventure  She realized that by making her hand out to be evil she was making it worse  Her big hand wasn't a curse and helped her once she started to accept it  Annalise had to trust her heart and her instincts if she wanted to defeat the Fate Spinner and find her way to dreamland to have a dream grantedAlways listen to the poets Esh Baal said  They are the secret keepers of dreams  And remember there is no dream without risk no fear without courage  I really enjoyed the author's note and hope you read it too   I found it interesting that Annalise counts to four when stresses and she preferred right to left  I've counted things when stressed for as long as I can remember  For me I prefer odd numbers  I honestly don't know what it's from but it's a way to calm myself and control something when things feel out of control  I appreciate the author sharing her story and how she included some of it throughout the bookI gave this book 4 stars  Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my copy for review  uotes are taken from an arc and may change before final printing