Reader Reviewed The Spin by Rebecca Lisle

The Spin

Written by Rebecca Lisle

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One of our Books of the Year 2013 - January 2013 Book of the Month A magical and action packed adventure in a cleverly created other world packed full of delightful characters. Orphaned Stormy works at the lowest level in the castle kitchens but he has dreams and aspirations – especially when it comes to the spitfyres, wonderful winged horses, and the sky-riders who career across the skies on them. When Stormy gets his chance to go and work in the Academy, he feels his dreams and hope will come true. Instead, he finds himself facing a dark and destructive power that lies at the heart of the Academy.

A Piece of Passion from the Publisher of The Spin, Emily Thomas The minute you open a book by Rebecca Lisle and start the first chapter you know you're in very good hands. Action, plot and characters are all perfectly in place, and brilliantly delivered in what I call a 'contemporary classic' style. In The Spin, rich drama and emotional intelligence combine with a plucky and erstwhile central character in the courageous Stormy – whose rise from lowly kitchen boy to triumphant sky rider is a joy to observe!

The Spin is a compelling, beautifully written magical fantasy, it is also charmingly funny, a bit of a tearjerker, and pleasingly yet not in the least derivatively an enchanting take on Charles Dickens's Great Expectations.


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The Spin by Rebecca Lisle

Stormy is an orphan and a kitchen skivvy. He tends the compost, he scrubs the floors, and watches feasts make their way up the mountain as he survives on bread and water. A skivvy is all that Stormy can hope to be. But Stormy has a secret. He wants to be a sky-rider, to soar amongst the clouds on spitfyres: flying horses that spit fire and smoke, and answer only to their riders. A chance meeting with an escaped convict turns Stormy's life upside down. Sent up to the Academy he uncovers a web of lies, deceits and neglect, at the centre of which lies the mysterious thirteenth horse. Can Stormy save Thirteen, defeat the dark forces at work within the Academy and prove himself worthy as a sky-rider?


Jack Graham Overall this book is a great read. I would read many more books by Rebecca Lisle and recommend this to anyone 10 or over who enjoys action books - Click here to read the full review.

Carla Mc Guigan age 12 This novel made me feel joyful, upset, hurt, devastated and all because I felt like I was in the story - Click here to read the full review.

Lucy Minton This thrilling novel will have you hooked as it tells the tale of a winged horse that breaths fire! - Click here to read the full review.

Benjy Randall age 9 I would definitely recommend this book because it is funny, imaginative and creative. I hope that there is a sequel....Click here to read the full review.

Ewan Young age 9 There are lots of twists and turns in the story and plenty of action to keep it interesting. I think anyone who likes adventures or mysteries will love this book. Click here to read the full review.

Charlie Upchurch This story makes you read on, to find out the answers. It would make a cool film. Click here to read the full review. Charlie writes as ‘Handful’ on the kids review site

Jhaneel WOW, I thoroughly enjoyed that read. Stormy and Seraphina have such a lovely ring to it. Definitely deserves recognition and recommendation! Fantastic Book

Aaryan Sheth, Age 10 member of the Bushey Library Chatterbooks Group
I have enjoyed this book a lot as it is full of adventure and suspense. These are two characteristics that when put together make my ideal book... Click here to read the full review.

Eleanor Duggan age 9 I give this book 5 stars for adventure and mystery. I really enjoyed it and want to go back for more.... Click here to read the full review.

Oliver James Lee-Newman age 9 I would recommend this book for children who like the Beast Quest series.... Click here to read the full review.

Edward Parker age 9 It's a mystery, but with not too much fantasy and very realistic. I really enjoyed it. ... Click here to read the full review.

Tommy Wainwright age 11 (Little Sutton CofE Primary School) The spin is an exiting book of adventure, magic and mystery. I would recommend this book for 12+ or very confident readers aged 10+. ... Click here to read the full review.

Shea Devlin age 13 I loved this story, it was mysterious and different to other books I have read.... Click here to read the full review.

Izzy Luck age 10 The author grabs you into this book and makes it sssssooooo exciting... Click here to read the full review.

Joella Oladimeji, age 11 I absolutely loved the imaginative twist of fortune in this book!... Click here to read the full review.

Benjamin Parsons, age 9. I will recommend this book to all my friends ... Click here to read the full review.

Jay Guest age 9 Expect the unexpected! Written in the style of Anthony Horowitz and exciting from the word go... Click here to read the full review.

About the Author

Rebecca Lisle

Rebecca Lisle was born in Leeds to two artists. Having studied Botany at Newcastle University she then completed a PGCE at Oxford. Rebecca lived in France, Manhattan, and England before becoming a 'proper' writer. Awarded a distinction for her MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa, Rebecca is now married with three almost grown-up sons, who are the inspiration for many stories. When she is not writing Rebecca paints peculiar pictures of dogs.

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368 pages
Interest Age: From 9 to 12 years


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3rd January 2013




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