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Seven Spiders Spinning Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Seven Spiders Spinning

Seven baby "Siberian snow spiders" -- highly poisonous tarantulas which have been frozen since the last Ice Age -- are discovered and transported to Harvard for study, but the truck crashes and its precious cargo escapes near the quiet Vermont town of Hamlet. The spiders imprint on seven girls who attend Josiah Fawcett Elementary School and call themselves the Tattletales Club, at first adoring the girls, then turning to vengeful hate. The Tattletales are competing with the boys club, the Copycats, to win first prize in the annual Halloween Pageant of Horrors, and the only odd person out is Pearl Hotchkiss, who doesn't believe in clubs, but happens upon one of the spiders and takes it home for a surprise. Meanwhile, the remaining six spiders stalk their prey.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   an adult (general) Parody    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14) Horror story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the bodysnatchers are coming!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid

Setting

Terrain    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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