The Spider Ring
Available Now from Scholastic Press
When Maria inherits a strange, spider-shaped ring from her grandmother, she doesn't realize she's also inheriting a strange power -- the power to control spiders and have them do whatever she wants. This is a pretty cool thing when it comes to fetching objects from another room . . . or if Maria wants to use the spiders to get back at some mean kids in her class.
But the power comes with a price. Maria has attracted the attention of the Black Widow -- who is trying to collect all the spider magic for herself. The Black Widow is not going to let anything stand in her way -- especially not Maria.
The story of the ring is being woven like a web -- and Maria is going to have to do everything she can to not get trapped within it.
Praise for The Spider Ring:
A 2016 CBC / ILA Children's Choices Reading List Pick
"Nicely described, frequent encounters with very large numbers of spiders keep the ick factor high, and the fast pace of the tale will ensure readers are fully engaged. A horror story for young readers that all but oozes spiders--a surefire template for success." -- Kirkus Reviews
"A well-paced fantasy for middle-graders who do not suffer from arachnophobia." -- School Library Journal
"The inventive concept and fluid descriptions combine to create a suspenseful and sometimes unsettling glimpse into the intricate behaviors of spiders, with a dash of magic for good measure." -- Publishers Weekly
"Non-arachnophobic readers looking for a carefully plotted, well-told introduction into the horror genre will find this exactly what they seek." -- BCCB
"Whether or not you like spiders, you will enjoy this book." -- Emma, age 11, for Creative Kids Magazine
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