The Lifters
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Journey to an underground world where adventure awaits and heroes are made in this middle grade novel from the bestselling, Pulitzer-nominated author of The Monk of Mokha and Her Right Foot.When Gran and his family move to Carousel, he has no idea that the town is built atop a secret. Little does he suspect, as he walks his sister to school or casually eats a banana, that mysterious forces lurk mere inches beneath his feet, tearing up the earth like mini-hurricanes and causing the town to slowly but surely sink.When Gran's friend, the difficult-to-impress Catalina Catalan, presses a silver handle into a hillside and opens a doorway to underground, he knows that she is extraordinary and brave, and that he will have no choice but to follow wherever she leads. With luck on their side, and some discarded hockey sticks for good measure, Gran and Catalina might just find a way to lift their town—and the known world—out of danger.In The Lifters, critically acclaimed author Dave Eggers establishes himself as a storyteller who can entertain and inspire readers of any age."This book is a ripper, full of all the good stuff: adventure, mystery, and lots of great jokes." - Mac Barnett, Caldecott Honor-winning author of Extra Yarn"Full of surprises, magic, and heart." - Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me"[A] cozy contemporary novel about lifting spirits and rebuilding community through teamwork and imagination." —Publishers Weekly"A heart-gladdening work of allegorical genius." —The Guardian"A warm and rewarding read . . .Eggers skillfully handles the trope of the kids who save the town, with plenty of humorous adult cluelessness but an equal measure of compassion." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"Original . . . and always intriguing. . . . Eggers's story moves along briskly thanks to mounting suspense and bite-size chapters." —BooklistA Junior Library Guild selection
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      • bioText: Dave Eggers grew up near Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern), and a monthly magazine, The Believer. McSweeney's publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. In 2002, he co-founded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit youth writing and tutoring center in San Francisco's Mission District. Sister centers have since opened in seven other American cities under the umbrella of 826 National, and like-minded centers have opened in Dublin, London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Birmingham, Alabama, among other locations. Eggers's work has been nominated for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and has won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, France's Prix Médicis, Germany's Albatross Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the American Book Award. Eggers lives in Northern California with his family. His novels include The Circle, A Hologram for the King, and Heroes of the Frontier.
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Journey to an underground world where adventure awaits and heroes are made in this middle grade novel from the bestselling, Pulitzer-nominated author of The Monk of Mokha and Her Right Foot.
When Gran and his family move to Carousel, he has no idea that the town is built atop a secret. Little does he suspect, as he walks his sister to school or casually eats a banana, that mysterious forces lurk mere inches beneath his feet, tearing up the earth like mini-hurricanes and causing the town to slowly but surely sink.
When Gran's friend, the difficult-to-impress Catalina Catalan, presses a silver handle into a hillside and opens a doorway to underground, he knows that she is extraordinary and brave, and that he will have no choice but to follow wherever she leads. With luck on their side, and some discarded hockey sticks for good measure, Gran and Catalina might just find a way to lift their town—and the known world—out of danger.
In The Lifters, critically acclaimed author Dave Eggers establishes himself as a storyteller who can entertain and inspire readers of any age.
"This book is a ripper, full of all the good stuff: adventure, mystery, and lots of great jokes." - Mac Barnett, Caldecott Honor-winning author of Extra Yarn
"Full of surprises, magic, and heart." - Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me
"[A] cozy contemporary novel about lifting spirits and rebuilding community through teamwork and imagination." —Publishers Weekly
"A heart-gladdening work of allegorical genius." —The Guardian

"A warm and rewarding read . . .Eggers skillfully handles the trope of the kids who save the town, with plenty of humorous adult cluelessness but an equal measure of compassion." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Original . . . and always intriguing. . . . Eggers's story moves along briskly thanks to mounting suspense and bite-size chapters." —Booklist
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        February 1, 2018
        Twelve-year-old Granite Flowerpetal finds an unusual way to raise the spirits of his family members and bring happiness and prosperity to his new hometown.Gran, as he calls himself, isn't looking forward to the move to Carousel. But he, his sister, Maisie, and their mother and father head there in hopes of steady work. Sadly, that's not the case, and Eggers' text obliquely reveals that the stress of financial instability creates an ongoing domestic conflict. Gran, meanwhile, attempts to find his place in a new school. He fixates on classmate Catalina Catalan, despite her less-than-friendly actions, and discovers that she's involved in a quirky effort to protect the town from a malevolent force known as the Hollows. Characterization is slight. Maisie has a propensity for vomiting, Gran's mother uses a wheelchair, and both Catalina and Gran are small for their ages. One character appears to be Latinx; all others read as white. Limited action and ponderous pronouncements further weaken the story's appeal. Efforts at offbeat humor, such as the secondary character who blames all of the town's problems on moose attacks, serve only to emphasize the overall bleakness of tone. While the author's belief in the importance of helping others and finding meaningful outlets for creativity are laudable, the dull and joyless vehicle he's created to convey them likely won't convince many readers. (Fiction. 10-12)

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        February 1, 2018

        Gr 3-6-The Flowerpetal family moves to a town called Carousel on the promise of work and a lower cost of living. However, the town that formerly housed the Catalan Carousel Company doesn't look prosperous with a collapsed carousel in front of its city hall. The protagonist of the story is Gran, short for Granite, and his family includes his father, a mechanic; his mother, a wheelchair user who used to work on displays of animals at museums; and little sister Maisie. Gran takes after his mother by sculpting animals out of clay, much to the delight of Maisie. But now with no money for clay, Gran feels sad and lacking in purpose. He finds solace in eating his lunch in a storage room at school with a man called the Duke, who used to carve carousel animals. Gran follows the only classmate who speaks to him, Catalina Catalan, and sees her disappear into a hillside. When sinkholes start appearing throughout the town, Gran and Catalina go on a mission to save the town from the Hollows, a mysterious wind that is creating tunnels underground and unearthing pieces of Carousel's past. Gran eventually realizes that sadness is not experienced in isolation and that one small act of happiness can help spread support throughout an entire community. This atmospheric story's detailed plot moves quickly, and all of the characters experience growth. The story has some troubling moments: Gran steals his mother's wheelchair, and even though he returns it, he doesn't seem to understand the potential ramifications of his actions. VERDICT A whimsical, fantastical story with elements of realism; a general purchase for large and mid-sized collections.-Liz Anderson, DC Public Library

        Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        May 7, 2018
        After his father is offered a new job, 12-year-old Granite Flowerpetal and his family move into the house built by Granite’s great-great-grandfather in the “hilly hamlet” of Carousel. Since its famous carousel factory shut down, the town has seen better days. Neighbors squabble over local ordinances and there’s a general malaise in the air. Still, Granite looks forward to a fresh start at a new school, where he plans to try out his new nickname, Gran—“easily understood, easily spelled.” His outspoken classmate, Catalina Catalan, however, questions his choice of moniker: “Don’t you realize Gran sounds like you’re a grandmother?” Content with just being noticed, Gran considers Catalina a potential friend, and when he sees her open a doorway in a hillside, he joins her in a secret, underground mission. In his latest offering for young readers, Eggers (Her Right Foot) successfully blends the real and the fantastic in unexpected ways as Gran and Catalina face a mysterious, hurricane-like force that thrives from their fellow townspeople’s sadness and fear. Black-and-white drawings by Renier (Spiral-Bound) lend a retro storybook feel to this cozy contemporary novel about lifting spirits and rebuilding community through teamwork and imagination. Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Andrew Wylie, Wylie Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Steven Malk, Writers House.

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Journey to an underground world where adventure awaits and heroes are made in this middle grade novel from the bestselling, Pulitzer-nominated author of The Monk of Mokha and Her Right Foot.
When Gran and his family move to Carousel, he has no idea that the town is built atop a secret. Little does he suspect, as he walks his sister to school or casually eats a banana, that mysterious forces lurk mere inches beneath his feet, tearing up the earth like mini-hurricanes and causing the town to slowly but surely sink.
When Gran's friend, the difficult-to-impress Catalina Catalan, presses a silver handle into a hillside and opens a doorway to underground, he knows that she is extraordinary and brave, and that he will have no choice but to follow wherever she leads. With luck on their side, and some discarded hockey sticks for good measure, Gran and Catalina might just find a way to lift their town—and the known world—out...
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