Twelve-year-old Rae is content as the adopted daughter of shepherds, helping with the flock and reveling in the beauty of her family’s hillside farm. But after a frightening encounter with a wolf—to whom she feels a sudden, peculiar connection—Rae realizes there is much more to her past, and her future, than she could have imagined.
Meanwhile, a young girl named Alba goes about her days as an oracle’s apprentice, a duty that confines her to a distant, watery cave. But when she bestows a troubling prophecy on the rising boy-king, her words unintentionally begin a reign of terror, and send Alba on a desperate mission alongside Rae and the wolf.
Inspired by Roman mythology, this mysterious and uniquely magical adventure explores the intricate roles of nature and fate in our lives, the power of language to shape our world, and the boundless importance of love and kindness.
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
"A grand, gritty tale... Those able to read with an open mind will be rewarded with a deeply evocative, lyrical blend of fairy-tale and historical fantasy tinged in horror—and beauty. The book finds its emotional core in the touching depiction of Rae’s life with her shepherd parents, as well as in the elegant and immaculately controlled prose, which keeps the pages turning even when the plot burns slow. Hand this to fans of Kelly Barnhill and those who appreciate a story as much as the manner of its telling."—Booklist
"Intricate worldbuilding and a leisurely pace couple with poetic prose to render a protagonist whose careful dialogue emphasizes the way in which words—both spoken and written—can shape the world."—Publishers Weekly
"Feels as if it was plucked from the mouths of bards and placed, words still forming, onto the page. It is a quiet, intimate fantasy made of the everyday magic of nature and humanity and bound up in lyrical prose, shaped like a stone by the river that holds it. This story flows, myth-like in its familiar majesty, tumbling across a wild countryside and sweeping in its scope. It evokes rumblings of various legends while remaining wholly unique, a tale of words about their importance and power."—The Book Seller (Grass Valley, CA)
Praise for Spindlefish and Stars
A 2020 Booklist Editors’ Choice
A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2020
"Expertly written, full of beautiful imagery and elements of Greek mythology.... An engaging and inventive novel."—School Library Journal
* "Readers familiar with Greek myth will take special pleasure in the slantwise view Andrews conjures.... The tapestry metaphor also offers a longer, measured view of the unavoidability of pain and the beauty of kindness as well as commentary on the persistence of powerful stories through art."—The Bulletin, starred review
* "Bewitching, beautiful, and bewildering.... Immensely satisfying."—Booklist, starred review
"Both mysterious and evocative.... A dreamy, immersive story that raises questions about the power of art and the value of human suffering."—The Horn Book
* "An epic tale of abandonment, travel, secrets, family, and the meaning of art.... Exquisite in detail.... A tapestry, both humble and rich."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "A lyrical debut exploring the nature of destiny and sacrifice.... The narrative voice...makes this enchanting story feel like an all-new myth built from classic material."—Publishers Weekly, starred review