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Fifteen-year-old Alex is a “spinner.” His friends are “dummies.” Two clandestine groups of humans want his power. And an ancient evil is stalking him. If people weren’t being murdered, Alex might laugh at how his life turned into a horror movie overnight.

In a wheelchair since birth, his freakish ability has gotten him kicked out of ten foster homes since the age of four. N
Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published August 5th 2015 by YoungDudes Publishing (first published July 25th 2015)
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Michael Bowler Sorry for not answering sooner. Just saw this. There is no gore at all. Some blood, but nothing graphically described. This is a mystery with supernat…moreSorry for not answering sooner. Just saw this. There is no gore at all. Some blood, but nothing graphically described. This is a mystery with supernatural horror elements and aims to be scary, touching, and exciting. It is a thriller with very memorable characters who bond together to help the MC Alex (the boy in the wheelchair.) You won't be grossed out reading Spinner. Hope my answer helps. (less)

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Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of horror, and have really gotten into young adult books lately, especially ones that have a lot of adventure, interesting characters, and a story that excites me. This book has all that ... and then some.

Before I discuss the story itself, I want to talk about the characters. These are definitely characters you don't hear about often. Alex is fifteen, in a wheelchair, lives in a foster home, and is in Special Ed in high school ... and has special powers. His friends are all in th
When I read the synopsis for this book I was instantly interested. A book where all the main characters have learning disabilities and our star is a 15 year old wheelchair user who has super powers?! Yes please!

I was instantly drawn in by this book, the writing is quite simplistic -it is told mainly from the points of view of characters from a Special Ed class, so it's a really easy book to get into, nothing is overly complex or unnecessarily wordy.

Our main character Alex has been in a wheelcha
Laura Thomas
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I felt an instant connection to Alex. Not because he was in a wheelchair. But because he and his gang of friends were are all deemed worthless. Each of them had a tic, a disability that landed them in the neverland of Special Ed.

I have a son with a social disabiilty. I can’t think of anything harder to deal with. Everything we do is social, is interaction with others. My heart broke one day. I was at the school to pick up my son and saw this boy coming down the hall. He was hunched into himself,
Cecily Wolfe
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An emotional, unique thriller with a captivating premise and a fantastic all-around storytelling experience. This had me in mind of Stephen King/Joe Hill, but on a YA level, with all the page-turning excitement and hesitation they bring to the page. I had no idea what to expect as I read, and was absolutely enthralled by the characters, the story, and the writing. Very highly recommended, and for young readers coming from a background of abuse and/or foster care, this might be an empowering read ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This review was requested to me, despite that all thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s not often that I go into a different read, or even a different genre I usually stay in my Reading Comfort zone, but this time I’ve decided to take a step out of that zone and read this book. All I knew about it was the synopsis, and it seemed so interesting that I had to read it.
It took me a few chapters to get into the book, but after I did I started to f
Wesley Thomas
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never have I been challenged so greatly as a reviewer. Words fail to explain how truly remarkable this tale is. A unique story of a young boy with a mind-blowing gift, that goes so deep. You will never forget this one. This book lingers with you.
Emotion practically oozes from every page as you genuinely feel sympathetic towards the boy Alex who is gifted, although he sees it as a more of a curse. Nothing more than another burden to join his physical and educational disadvantages.

His life is one
Mia Kerick
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I’m a romance reader, and definitely not what you would call a huge horror fan, but as you know, there’s an EXCEPTION to every rule. Michael J Bowler’s FIVE STAR YA thriller, Spinner, is this exception to my romance novel obsession.

I have to ask myself why—why could I not put Spinner down, when I normally would never pick up a YA horror novel? So here’s my main reason: where I’m a romance reader, I’m an action movie lover! No, strangely, I don’t want to watch a love story u
Lilian Flesher
I received an advanced copy of this story in return for an honest review.

Wow, this book has it all, it has an amazing story, really gets to you, the main character Alex is a 15yr old boy in a wheelchair, and he is a spinner. A spinner provides healing ability, and people want his powers. Others are terrified of his powers, the poor boy has been removed from countless foster homes because they think he is freakish. His life is turned upside down, even evil is pursuing him. Alex may have a disabil
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I have to admit, I accepted Spinner for review because the main character has a disability, and we don’t see that often in YA, especially not in a YA thriller. But I also liked the idea of spinners, the ancient evil, humans out stalking him for his powers, and basically, everything about the book sounded great. I was a little nervous to read it because I had high expectations, but boy, I certainly wasn’t dissapointed.
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Rating: 📚📚📚📚

Spinner, by Michael J Bowler, introduces us to a most unusual young man. Alex, a boy confined to a wheelchair, suffering from a debilitating condition known as spina bifida. He's been in and out of foster homes, and his current foster mother is exploiting his unique gift. See, Alex is a Spinner, with the ability to siphon off people’s pain. Likewise, he can inflict pain in a similar manner. His rare gift has made him a target of several others who'd like to exploit that gift as well.
†Reviews of a FearStreetZombie†
Spinner was a different kind of read.
Fans of Stephen King and Ted Dekker would enjoy this book.

It took me a while to actually get into the book and I am not really sure why but once I stuck with it and pushed through, I didn't want to put it down.

I want to say I loved all of the characters but.. sadly I only liked about three of them. I adored Alex and Roy but my all time favorite was the neighbor. She was so sweet to those boys.
I loved the idea of this book. It was a mix of Stephen King and
Naza N
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is pretty much a slow-read for me, as english isn't my mother language, but I enjoy this book so much.

This is the first time I read a book which the main character (whose name is Alex in this book) is in the wheelchair. He is also a Special Ed in his school, lives in a foster home with a vile foster mother, and yet he has a special power. I fell in love instantly with him, so as with all his friends and all their unique personalities, they really complement one another and also the st
Stéphanie Louis
RTC I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Sandra Stiles
I was intrigued by the premise of this book and was thrilled once I started it. As a teacher I see kids kids like Alex, Roy and their friends every year. I have always fought for those students who have been told over and over that they are stupid or a loser. That might be why I start each year off reading a book with the class called "Loser" by Jerry Spinelli. These kids need to know that they are not losers. Alex and his friends have problems yet there is a part of them that are coping with th ...more
S.L. Dearing
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Spinner by Michael J. Bowler is an exceptional roller coaster of a book. It’s been a while since I’ve read any YA, but this book was fantastic.
Our hero is a boy named Alex. He has spina bifida, is in Special Ed and has to live in a foster home run by an evil hag. He is extraordinary. Bowler has given him the angst and fears of any teenager, but a charming depth and poise we all hope our children will have. He is surrounded by his friends, an eclectic group of boys also in the Special Education
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where to start? I am having a hard time writing this review, searching for the exact right words to put forth to explain just how terrific, upsetting, emotional, horrifying, and thought provoking this book really is. The author has a gift for telling the tale, that is true, but also for making his characters real and awesome while being what most would view as simply imperfect. We don't get many tales where the characters are disabled AND awesome at the same time. I was so drawn into t
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Alex was given up to foster care after the the untimely death of his parents. He was then placed with an abusive foster parent, which caused him to continually "spin" his housemates to heal their injuries. This caused Jane, his foster mother to uncover Alex's special healing gift. When a package from his biological parents never gets to him, Alex uncovers more than he's bargained for.

This book was amazingly creative. You can e
Dallas Vinson
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dallas by: Michael Bowler
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Excellent YA horror novel. Kept me guessing right up to the very end. What can one wheelchair bound boy and a handful of special-ed kids possibly do to save the planet, or at the very least their friends and neighbors? Is Alex being controlled, forced to do things against his will and without his knowledge, or is someone just trying to make it look like he is? Seems that for every question answered, 4 more pop up.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex has been using a wheelchair his entire life. He's also an orphan and attends special ed classes at school. Alex is a spinner. This exceptional ability makes him able to heal people and adjust their thoughts and feelings. His current housemother, Jane, is a cruel woman. She takes advantage of Alex's powers and doesn't care about and look after the children in her home. Lately Alex has been having horrible dreams. When Alex learns that his dreams are actually happening, a battle against an ev ...more
Stacia | stacialovestoread
*I received this book from Kate Tilton author services in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Kate, Melissa, and Mr. Bowler*

Being that I’m not much of a fan or paranormal/horror, this book was a little much for me but somehow not enough! Alex is a kid who is in a wheelchair, but he has powers that heal (or inflict pain on) others.

The overall concept of the story here is interesting and refreshing. Alex and his buddies work to stop the string of murders that are occurring, prevent the next
Zach Allred
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in the mail from the author and I absolutely loved the book. I even forgot to update on my progress because I was so consumed in the story. I loved each of the characters and getting to know about them. I felt connected to Alex and seeing how he developed throughout the story. I haven’t read a story about a handicapped character so it was really refreshing to see something new. This was also the first book where I dived into Young Adult Horror/ Thriller. I went into this boo ...more
Kimberly (kimberly_reads)
I want to send a huge thank you to Melissa Robles (who works with Kate Tilton’s author services) for sending a copy my way in exchange for a honest review!

This book was very much so out of my comfort zone in terms of genre and I’m really happy I decided to go for something new.

The twists and turns throughout this story left me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next and I loved how real and honest all of the characters felt; especially how they didn’t let their disabiliti
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Reviewed by: Ray
My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

This story centers around Alex, who is blond, has just turned fifteen, and is wheelchair-bound, due to spina bifida. And, as is often the case with this disease, Alex suffers from some learning disabilities. Alex has a group of devoted friends, all of whom are, like himself, special ed children.

The story is an interesting one, but somewhat poorly written. The writing is uneven and inconsistent
Huston Piner
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spinner is a supernatural thriller by YA author Michael J Bowler that stands out for its compassionate portrayal of 'special ed' kids as protagonists. Alex, Roy, and their friends are each shown to be individuals with gifts, faults, and distinct voices that allow the reader a small bit of understanding what various learning and/or physical disabilities must be like to those who suffer from them. These teens are so much more than the stereotypes they are too often seen as, and that alone is reaso ...more
Galleywampus -
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
First of all, in many ways, this book has echoes of 1970s-1980s Stephen King novels, particularly portions of It and a few moments I can remember from books like Insomnia, The Talisman (co-written with Stroud) and the short story "The Body". The protagonists here are a group of awkward, outcast boys fighting an unknown, manifest, ancient evil. The stakes are huge. And the only thing standing in the way of utter world destruction is a group of boys who attend Mark Twain High School's "last stop" ...more
Jay Hawke
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a long while I have to drag myself away from my own writing and check out the books around me. I’m glad I happened upon Spinner.

Spinner is an emotionally powerful story of a young boy, Alex, who has been spat on his whole life, in fact, life itself has spat on him. He is poor, crippled, abandoned, and lives unloved and unwanted with his most recent foster mom. And at school, he is nothing but a special needs kid, dismissed as worthless “crip.” What else could go wrong? Plenty. Alex
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Teen Alex is a 'spinner' in more ways than one: he is wheelchair-bound and holds a special ability; but that doesn't mean he's helpless, even though his life is hell between an evil force that stalks him and a sadistic housemother who has uncovered his strange ability and is using him.

And this is only the tip of the iceberg. One satisfying feature of Spinner is that Alex is defined not by his disability but by his abilities; and these strengths, as well as the underlying terror in the story, a
LitPick Book Reviews
This book is centered around a boy named Alex who's a "spinner" and has been in a wheelchair since birth. He has been constantly bullied and made fun of by his peers. He has already been kicked out of many foster homes due to his supernatural abilities. He doesn't understand why he was born with these super powers.

Alex is currently living with a sadistic housemother who is abusing her kids and making Alex use his powers to heal the kids that she abuses. Later, it is revealed that their teacher h
Jessica Bronder
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Alex is a foster kid that had been through ten foster homes. He is currently stuck in one with an abusive foster mother. The worst part is that he is a spinner, which means he has the ability to heal and his foster mother knows it. She forces Alex to heal the beatings that she hands out to the other kids.

School is not any better. Because he is in a wheelchair he is considered special needs and is put in the special needs class. That in itself leads to bullying and abuse from fellow students. Bu
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Spinner, by Michael J Bowler, is the story of Alex, a young boy who was born with Spina Bifida and is confined to a wheelchair. In addition to his physical setbacks, Alex also suffers from learning disabilities. He and a group of friends from his special education class form a tight bond after a series of events occur, starting with the murder of their teacher. Alex has a special ability to heal and take pain from others. There are those who would capitalize on Alex's unique talents including th ...more
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Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author who grew up in Northern California. He majored in English/Theatre at Santa Clara University, earned a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and a master’s in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills. Michael taught high school in Hawthorne, California for many years, b ...more

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