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Spindle by [Slayton, Shonna]
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Length: 400 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 12 - 17 Grade Level: 7 - 12

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Editorial Reviews


"Not a retelling but more like a sequel. Well written and interesting take on the story of "Sleeping Beauty." I think that this would be a hit with my students who are really into fairy tales. The time period was not what I was expecting, but I enjoyed the story!" -Sarah Bittel, Educator at Canisteo-Greenwood CSD

5 stars: "Historical Fairytales? Who ever heard of such a thing. That's what this author writes. She's written two others that I am going to have to check out: Cinderella's Dress and Cinderella's ShoesSpindle takes place in 1890, during the Industrial Revolution. I loved it. I am not usually a historical fan but you add it to fairytale, and it really works. I enjoyed it immensely. So I am looking forward to reading her other books." -Jessica Samuelsen, Writing Pearls

4 stars: "Spindle was an adorable fairy-tale retelling. If you loved the story of "Sleeping Beauty," you will definitely love Spindle." -Aneta Bak, Angelic Book Reviews
4 stars: "The fact that Spindle is not really direct retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" was very refreshing. The writing was perfect, and the details were all there. When the mysterious sleeping sickness comes about in the book, I became even more invested in the book. Definitely worth checking this one out. -Candace, Literary Dust

5 stars: "I loved the way fact and fiction combined to continue and retell a beloved fairy tale." -Laura Reading, Laura's Interests

4 stars: "One of the things I loved the most about this book was the characters themselves. Fanny and Ms. Olive, who owns the boardinghouse, were delightful to read about and Briar was very lucky to have both of them in her life. Also, Briar's dear friend Henry is very pertinent to the story and while there really isn't much of a love triangle in the book, there are two men vying for Briar's attention so be warned. Several of the girls in the house have a wonderful friendship developing and beneath the surface of the plot are some important statements on women's rights, equality and the suffrage movement." -Barb, Booker T's Farm

4 stars: "Briar being an Irish immigrant with her estranged family was another interesting thing to read about. Just so many things to take from history! And to mix it up with a classic fairytale made for a brilliant read that I enjoyed. Different characters kept things entertaining, with all their complex attitudes and ways of thinking. Who doesn't love diversity? As a history novel, I'd say it was really great with the more eccentric moments." -C. Erani Kole, Servant's Heart

5 stars: "The story has a slow build up to the real action with wooden spindle, evil (and good) fairies, and the elements of the "Sleeping Beauty" story we would expect. The second part of the book is incredible! I could not stop reading. Even though it had a slow start- wow! Even the first part was interesting, just in a different, non-magical way. I LOVED Henry - what an amazing young man and friend." -Olivia Farr, Goodreads Reviewer

4 stars: "Spindle by Shonna Slayton, is a wonderful new retelling of "Sleeping Beauty." What if the curse didn't end with Aurora woke up, but keep on sleeping? An evil fairy lies in wait for a chance to strike again, and what's more tempting that a Spinner girl named Briarly Rose? [...] Spindle is a refreshingly modern new take on a tale you only think you know everything about." -Micheala Whitney, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "I really enjoyed reading this, it had the right amount of fairy tale elements and real world elements that was needed. I had enjoyed Ms. Slayton's Cinderella's Dress series so I looked forward to her interpretation of my favorite fairy tale Sleeping Beauty and she did not disappoint. I loved Mim and Briar, one of my favorite parts is when Briar could automatically tell she wasn't welcome in a place because she was Irish, it was an emotional scene that showed the prejudice of the time. It was a wonderful novel that not only works as a fairy tale but a historical novel as well!" -Kathryn McLeer, KMcLeer Reviews

4 stars: "This was a really enjoyable retelling of "Sleeping Beauty." Although some elements of the book were retained including the cursed spindle and vengeful fairy Isodora, there were many new characters and a new spin was put on the story that was original and creative. I really liked the main character Briar and Henry her best friend." -KittyKat, Goodreads Reviewer

4.5 stars: "I enjoyed learning about the characters, immensely, and loved how they grew and learned about themselves. The plot was well thought out and intriguingly written. I love Shonna's writing style. The flow of the book was well done." -Ashley, Reading Bliss

About the Author

SHONNA SLAYTON is the author of the YA novels Cinderella's Dress, (Summer 2014) and Cinderella's Shoes (Fall 2015) published by Entangled Teen. She finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today. When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona.

Product details

  • File Size: 3436 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Teen (October 4, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 4, 2016
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,007 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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