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About The Book
The Song of Achilles and Circe get a sapphic, young adult twist in this gorgeously lush, feminist retelling of the myth of Arachne spun in moving verse.
Sixteen-year-old Arachne is ostracized by all but her family and closest friend, Celandine. Turning to her loom for solace, Arachne learns to weave, finding her voice and her strength through the craft. After the tragic loss of her family, Arachne and Celandine flee to the city of Colophon, where Arachne’s skills are put to the test. Word of her talent spreads quickly, leading to a confrontation with the goddess Athena, who demands that Arachne repent.
But Arachne will not be silenced. She challenges Athena, and a fateful weaving contest ensues, resulting in an exposé of divine misdeeds, a shocking transformation, and unexpected redemption.
Why We Love It
“Rebecca Caprara transforms an ancient tale into a sweeping novel in verse, contending with the misogyny of several famous Greek legends. The writing is beautiful, direct, and enchanting.”
—Julia M., Editor, on Spin
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 28, 2023)
- Length: 400 pages
- ISBN13: 9781665906197
- Grades: 7 and up
- Ages: 12 - 99
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Raves and Reviews
"Fans of Greek mythology will find themselves immersed in Caprara’s novel-in-verse retelling of Arachne. . . . Caprara weaves other myths—Daphne, Persephone, Aite—into Arachne’s story, tucking a strong feminist message into her lovely writing that is sure to resonate with modern audiences."
– Booklist, 3/1/2023
* "Via alternating past and present narration told in sensate verse, Caprara cultivates a tale of ill-fated competition between mortals and gods in this captivating read, a crash course in Greek mythology...Fittingly using Arachne’s mythos as a framework, Caprara navigates issues surrounding gender norms, grief, and trauma, while accentuating how art and storytelling can serve as acts of healing and advocacy."
– Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, 01/23/2023
* "Gifted poet and storyteller Caprara keeps readers engaged, varying the pace, cadence, and emotional shading of Arachne’s passionate refutation of the gods’ ruthless exercise of power and privilege. Her own anger serves her purposes; if speaking truth to power exacts a high price, it’s one she’s willing to pay. Exciting, richly textured, thought-provoking fare."
– Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, 01/01/2023
“In Spin, Rebecca Caprara pulls together threads of millennia-old stories and weaves a completely fresh tapestry that unravels what we thought we knew of Arachne. From the first page, lush, self-assured verse immerses readers in a world both mythic and all too familiar. A tour de force!”—Joy McCullough, award-winning author of Blood, Water, Paint
“Caprara spins heartbreak into art, myth into reality, and poetry into music, all within a masterful narrative frame. Spin is a stunning must-read."—Colby Cedar Smith, award-winning author of Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit
“Intricately weaves the myth of Arachne in beautiful verse that is filled with rebellion, hope, and longing. Perfect for Madeline Miller fans!”—Kip Wilson, award-winning author of White Rose
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