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. Now saddled with a sadistic housemother who uses his spinning to “fix” the kids she injures, Alex and his misfit group of learning disabled classmates are the only ones who can solve the mystery of his birth before more people meet a gruesome end.They want to know who murdered their beloved teacher, and why the hot young substitute acts like she’s flirting with them. Then there’s the mysterious medallion that seems to have unleashed something evil, and an ancient prophecy suggesting Alex has the power to destroy the world.The boys break into homes, dig up graves, fight for their lives against feral cats, and ultimately confront a malevolence as old as humanity. Friendships are tested, secrets uncovered, love spoken, and destiny revealed. The kid who’s always been a loner will finally learn the value of friends, family, and loyalty. If he survives…AwardsFinalist in the 2016 USA Best Book AwardsBronze Medal in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite AwardsFinalist in the 2015 Wishing Shelf Book AwardsRunner-Up in the 2015 Southern California Book FestivalLiterary Classics Seal of Approval 2015Winner in the 2015 Hollywood Book FestivalHonorable Mention in the 2015 Halloween Book FestivalHonorable Mention in the 2015 San Francisco Book FestivalHonorable Mention in the 2015 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards

Book Details


  • Mystery
  • Paranormal

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Spinner by Michael J. Bowler follows misfit Alex, a teen in a wheelchair with a special healing power that can spin pain or injuries out of people. Alex has always been an outcast, only finding solace in his special education family of friends. When various paranormal events begin to occur, and a string of murders is tied to Alex, Alex and his friends lose all sense of security. People want Alex's power and they will stop at nothing to capture him.

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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.

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