Spinner

Spinner Fifteen year old Alex is a spinner His friends are dummies Two clandestine groups of humans want his power And an ancient evil is stalking him If people weren t being murdered Alex might laugh at how

  • Title: Spinner
  • Author: Michael J.Bowler
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Fifteen year old Alex is a spinner His friends are dummies Two clandestine groups of humans want his power And an ancient evil is stalking him If people weren t being murdered, Alex might laugh at how his life turned into a horror movie overnight.In a wheelchair since birth, his freakish ability has gotten him kicked out of ten foster homes since the age of four NFifteen year old Alex is a spinner His friends are dummies Two clandestine groups of humans want his power And an ancient evil is stalking him If people weren t being murdered, Alex might laugh at how his life turned into a horror movie overnight.In a wheelchair since birth, his freakish ability has gotten him kicked out of ten foster homes since the age of four Now saddled with a sadistic housemother who uses his spinning to heal the kids she physically abuses, Alex and his misfit group of learning disabled classmates are the only ones who can solve the mystery of his birth before people meet a gruesome end.They need to find out who murdered their beloved teacher, and why the hot young substitute acts like she s flirting with them Then there s the mysterious medallion that seems to have unleashed something malevolent, and an ancient prophecy suggesting Alex has the power to destroy humanity.The boys break into homes, dig up graves, elude kidnappers, fight for their lives against feral cats, and ultimately confront an evil as old as humankind Friendships are tested, secrets uncovered, love spoken, and destiny revealed.The kid who s always been a loner will finally learn the value of friends, family, and loyalty.If he survives

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    1. I am a huge fan of horror, and have really gotten into young adult books lately, especially ones that have a lot of adventure, interesting characters, and a story that excites me. This book has all that and then some.Before I discuss the story itself, I want to talk about the characters. These are definitely characters you don't hear about often. Alex is fifteen, in a wheelchair, lives in a foster home, and is in Special Ed in high school and has special powers. His friends are all in the same [...]

    2. I felt an instant connection to Alex. Not because he was in a wheelchair. But because he and his gang of friends were are all deemed worthless. Each of them had a tic, a disability that landed them in the neverland of Special Ed.I have a son with a social disabiilty. I can’t think of anything harder to deal with. Everything we do is social, is interaction with others. My heart broke one day. I was at the school to pick up my son and saw this boy coming down the hall. He was hunched into himsel [...]

    3. An emotional, unique thriller with a captivating premise and a fantastic all-around storytelling experience. This had me in mind of Stephen King/Joe Hill, but on a YA level, with all the page-turning excitement and hesitation they bring to the page. I had no idea what to expect as I read, and was absolutely enthralled by the characters, the story, and the writing. Very highly recommended, and for young readers coming from a background of abuse and/or foster care, this might be an empowering read [...]

    4. Never have I been challenged so greatly as a reviewer. Words fail to explain how truly remarkable this tale is. A unique story of a young boy with a mind-blowing gift, that goes so deep. You will never forget this one. This book lingers with you.Emotion practically oozes from every page as you genuinely feel sympathetic towards the boy Alex who is gifted, although he sees it as a more of a curse. Nothing more than another burden to join his physical and educational disadvantages.His life is one [...]

    5. FIVE STARS FOR SPINNERI’m a romance reader, and definitely not what you would call a huge horror fan, but as you know, there’s an EXCEPTION to every rule. Michael J Bowler’s FIVE STAR YA thriller, Spinner, is this exception to my romance novel obsession.I have to ask myself why—why could I not put Spinner down, when I normally would never pick up a YA horror novel? So here’s my main reason: where I’m a romance reader, I’m an action movie lover! No, strangely, I don’t want to watc [...]

    6. I received an advanced copy of this story in return for an honest review.Wow, this book has it all, it has an amazing story, really gets to you, the main character Alex is a 15yr old boy in a wheelchair, and he is a spinner. A spinner provides healing ability, and people want his powers. Others are terrified of his powers, the poor boy has been removed from countless foster homes because they think he is freakish. His life is turned upside down, even evil is pursuing him. Alex may have a disabil [...]

    7. Book Review originally published here: iheartreading/reviews/I have to admit, I accepted Spinner for review because the main character has a disability, and we don’t see that often in YA, especially not in a YA thriller. But I also liked the idea of spinners, the ancient evil, humans out stalking him for his powers, and basically, everything about the book sounded great. I was a little nervous to read it because I had high expectations, but boy, I certainly wasn’t dissapointed.A spinner is a [...]

    8. Spinner was a different kind of read. Fans of Stephen King and Ted Dekker would enjoy this book.It took me a while to actually get into the book and I am not really sure why but once I stuck with it and pushed through, I didn't want to put it down. I want to say I loved all of the characters but sadly I only liked about three of them. I adored Alex and Roy but my all time favorite was the neighbor. She was so sweet to those boys. I loved the idea of this book. It was a mix of Stephen King and Te [...]

    9. Rating: 📚📚📚📚Spinner, by Michael J Bowler, introduces us to a most unusual young man. Alex, a boy confined to a wheelchair, suffering from a debilitating condition known as spina bifida. He's been in and out of foster homes, and his current foster mother is exploiting his unique gift. See, Alex is a Spinner, with the ability to siphon off people’s pain. Likewise, he can inflict pain in a similar manner. His rare gift has made him a target of several others who'd like to exploit that [...]

    10. This book is pretty much a slow-read for me, as english isn't my mother language, but I enjoy this book so much. This is the first time I read a book which the main character (whose name is Alex in this book) is in the wheelchair. He is also a Special Ed in his school, lives in a foster home with a vile foster mother, and yet he has a special power. I fell in love instantly with him, so as with all his friends and all their unique personalities, they really complement one another and also the st [...]

    11. I was intrigued by the premise of this book and was thrilled once I started it. As a teacher I see kids kids like Alex, Roy and their friends every year. I have always fought for those students who have been told over and over that they are stupid or a loser. That might be why I start each year off reading a book with the class called "Loser" by Jerry Spinelli. These kids need to know that they are not losers. Alex and his friends have problems yet there is a part of them that are coping with th [...]

    12. Spinner by Michael J. Bowler is an exceptional roller coaster of a book. It’s been a while since I’ve read any YA, but this book was fantastic. Our hero is a boy named Alex. He has spina bifida, is in Special Ed and has to live in a foster home run by an evil hag. He is extraordinary. Bowler has given him the angst and fears of any teenager, but a charming depth and poise we all hope our children will have. He is surrounded by his friends, an eclectic group of boys also in the Special Educat [...]

    13. Brilliant!Where to start? I am having a hard time writing this review, searching for the exact right words to put forth to explain just how terrific, upsetting, emotional, horrifying, and thought provoking this book really is. The author has a gift for telling the tale, that is true, but also for making his characters real and awesome while being what most would view as simply imperfect. We don't get many tales where the characters are disabled AND awesome at the same time. I was so drawn into t [...]

    14. I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.Alex was given up to foster care after the the untimely death of his parents. He was then placed with an abusive foster parent, which caused him to continually "spin" his housemates to heal their injuries. This caused Jane, his foster mother to uncover Alex's special healing gift. When a package from his biological parents never gets to him, Alex uncovers more than he's bargained for.This book was amazingly creative. You can e [...]

    15. Excellent YA horror novel. Kept me guessing right up to the very end. What can one wheelchair bound boy and a handful of special-ed kids possibly do to save the planet, or at the very least their friends and neighbors? Is Alex being controlled, forced to do things against his will and without his knowledge, or is someone just trying to make it look like he is? Seems that for every question answered, 4 more pop up.

    16. I received this book in the mail from the author and I absolutely loved the book. I even forgot to update on my progress because I was so consumed in the story. I loved each of the characters and getting to know about them. I felt connected to Alex and seeing how he developed throughout the story. I haven’t read a story about a handicapped character so it was really refreshing to see something new. This was also the first book where I dived into Young Adult Horror/ Thriller. I went into this b [...]

    17. Original Blog Post: Review Request: Spinner by Michael J. BowlerReviewed by: Ray My Rating: 3 of 5 StarsThis story centers around Alex, who is blond, has just turned fifteen, and is wheelchair-bound, due to spina bifida. And, as is often the case with this disease, Alex suffers from some learning disabilities. Alex has a group of devoted friends, all of whom are, like himself, special ed children.The story is an interesting one, but somewhat poorly written. The writing is uneven and inconsistent [...]

    18. First of all, in many ways, this book has echoes of 1970s-1980s Stephen King novels, particularly portions of It and a few moments I can remember from books like Insomnia, The Talisman (co-written with Stroud) and the short story "The Body". The protagonists here are a group of awkward, outcast boys fighting an unknown, manifest, ancient evil. The stakes are huge. And the only thing standing in the way of utter world destruction is a group of boys who attend Mark Twain High School's "last stop" [...]

    19. Every once in a long while I have to drag myself away from my own writing and check out the books around me. I’m glad I happened upon Spinner.Spinner is an emotionally powerful story of a young boy, Alex, who has been spat on his whole life, in fact, life itself has spat on him. He is poor, crippled, abandoned, and lives unloved and unwanted with his most recent foster mom. And at school, he is nothing but a special needs kid, dismissed as worthless “crip.” What else could go wrong? Plenty [...]

    20. Teen Alex is a 'spinner' in more ways than one: he is wheelchair-bound and holds a special ability; but that doesn't mean he's helpless, even though his life is hell between an evil force that stalks him and a sadistic housemother who has uncovered his strange ability and is using him. And this is only the tip of the iceberg. One satisfying feature of Spinner is that Alex is defined not by his disability but by his abilities; and these strengths, as well as the underlying terror in the story, ar [...]

    21. Alex is a foster kid that had been through ten foster homes. He is currently stuck in one with an abusive foster mother. The worst part is that he is a spinner, which means he has the ability to heal and his foster mother knows it. She forces Alex to heal the beatings that she hands out to the other kids. School is not any better. Because he is in a wheelchair he is considered special needs and is put in the special needs class. That in itself leads to bullying and abuse from fellow students. Bu [...]

    22. This book is centered around a boy named Alex who's a "spinner" and has been in a wheelchair since birth. He has been constantly bullied and made fun of by his peers. He has already been kicked out of many foster homes due to his supernatural abilities. He doesn't understand why he was born with these super powers.Alex is currently living with a sadistic housemother who is abusing her kids and making Alex use his powers to heal the kids that she abuses. Later, it is revealed that their teacher h [...]

    23. Spinner, by Michael J Bowler, is the story of Alex, a young boy who was born with Spina Bifida and is confined to a wheelchair. In addition to his physical setbacks, Alex also suffers from learning disabilities. He and a group of friends from his special education class form a tight bond after a series of events occur, starting with the murder of their teacher. Alex has a special ability to heal and take pain from others. There are those who would capitalize on Alex's unique talents including th [...]

    24. Finally, a YA novel that depicts real issues and believable dialogue between teenagers. I love reading books about heavy topics and Bowler serves it up in Spinner. We have a group of teen guys who all have different forms of learning disabilities, some from broken homes and others like protagonist Alex who are currently living in foster care. Unlike your average kid, Alex was born with a gift where he can "spin" and heal others. Alex and his friends begin to uncover the mystery behind his parent [...]

    25. Spinner was a fun book to read and a proper page-turner. It have paranormal elements, suspense and action. To make the book even more fascinating, multiple of the important characters have their challenges, whether they're linked to a wheel chair, have ADHD, autism or other issues. These characters also prove that you shouldn't underestimate the underdogs, by looking at the diagnose in itself and not the entire person. You end up cheering for the guys who more or less get knit together as a fami [...]

    26. Very interesting story. I enjoyed the fact that someone who is different was able to be amazing. Most people seem to think that if you are different you cant do amazing things and this story proves that wrong. I really enjoyed that these teenagers are heroes not helpless kids who need others to do everytghing for them. I loved the horror and scary aspects also. Very good story and I can't wait to read more by this author. I am glad I got to review it

    27. “The Spinner” is a novel by Michael Bowler about a teenager with abilities making up for more than his disability. Alex O’Sullivan is a sophomore at Mark Twain High School with a problem: his paralysis from the waist down makes him a second-class kid. Little did he know that a Southern California local is being watched for the one small thing he does for his friends. As he uncovers the watcher’s identity, the author explores the fellowship between Alex and his friends as they overcome al [...]

    28. From the outside, Alex is just a normal boy on a wheelchair. He struggles with his learning abilities and bullies at school just like any other special education student. ‘Roller boy’ however, has a special gift that only a few trusted and some not so trusted people know about. He has the ability to ‘spin’ people. He can wipe off pain and bruises in an instant. He can inflict pain in the same fashion. This gift puts a target on his back. The same gift has gotten him kicked out of many fo [...]

    29. You can also find this review at The Reader and the Chef. Huge thanks for the author for providing a review copy in exchange of my honest opinion. Spinner is full of surprises and I enjoyed reading it very much. For some reason, it reminded me of the Netflix series, Stranger Things. I haven't seen it yet, but from the things I've heard and read about, it brought it to mind. This book is about a group of young teenagers with different disabilities (great rep!) that get chased by evil forces and p [...]

    30. *Disclaimer: I received a copy of Spinner in exchange for a free, honest review. Opinions are my own. My contain some spoilers or spoiler-y hints.My rating: 3/5As an orphan, outcaster, and now hellraiser – literally, Alex’s chances for survival and a normal life are slim. The novel opens with the hint at Alex’s ability as a spinner and an outlook on his situation as a fifteen-year-old wheelchair bound teen who hasn’t been cut any breaks in life. He has his friends, known as The Losers, a [...]

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