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from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers



Cover art by Yuta Onoda; cover design by Karina Granda.


In which a story is spun. ​

And unspun.

Clothilde has lived her whole life in the shadows with her (sometimes) thieving and (always) ailing father. But when he fails to meet her one morning, sending her instead a mysterious ticket of "half-paffage," Clo finds herself journeying across the sea to reunite with him. The ticket, however, leaves her on a sunless island populated only by creaking fishermen, a rumpled old woman, a piggish cat, and a moon-cheeked boy named Cary.

Clo is quickly locked away and made to spend her days in unnerving chores with the island’s extraordinary fish, while the old woman sits nearby weaving an endless gray tapestry. Frustrated and aching with the loss of her father, Clo must unravel the mysteries of the island and all that’s hidden in the vast tapestry’s threads — secrets both exquisite and terrible. And she must decide how much of herself to give up in order to save those she thought she’d lost forever.


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An epic tale of abandonment,

travel, secrets, family,

and the meaning of art... 

Exquisite in detail,

Andrews's stunning novel

gives careful importance to objects... 

Chapter titles sparkle and tantalize... and prose sings. 

A tapestry, both humble and rich. 


Starred Review

[A] lyrical debut

exploring the nature

of destiny and sacrifice...

The narrative voice... makes

this enchanting story

feel like an all-new myth built from classic material.

Publishers Weekly,

Starred Review

Andrews’ stunning debut, loosely based on Greek mythology, is bewitching, beautiful, and bewildering, akin to being submerged in an eerie dream...

[I]t’s immensely satisfying to absorb the delicious descriptions and gradual revelations along with the appealing  protagonist. We may be just a single shining thread in a tapestry, as Clo learns,  but what a glorious whole it creates.


Starred Review

Expertly written, full of beautiful imagery... 

Clo’s dynamic character growth is one to be applauded... [her] enlightening adventure teaches her to find beauty in tragedy, to help those in need, and to accept what cannot be changed while having the courage to change what she can. These timeless lessons alone make this title worth the read...

an engaging and inventive novel.

Andrews' musical prose is a delight, full of rhythm and sparkle... Readers familiar with Greek myth with take special pleasure in the slantwise view Andrews conjures... The tapestry metaphor also offers a longer, measured view of the unavoidability of pain and the beauty of kindness as well as commentary on the persistence of powerful stories through art.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books,

Starred Review

Mysterious and evocative...

 a dreamy, immersive

story that raises questions

about the power of art

and the value of

human suffering.

Horn Book

Spindlefish and Stars is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection!



Christiane grew up in rural New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine, on the edges of mountains and woods and fields and sometimes even the sea. A writing and literature instructor, she lives with her husband and son and a small clutch of animals on an old New Hampshire hilltop farm. Spindlefish and Stars is her first novel. 

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