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Spider Lies

Written by Jen Banyard and illustrated by Tracey Gibbs


Connor’s little white lies have spawned a monster! It’s big, it’s hairy and it’s lurking outside his bedroom window.

Connor is home alone with his pet spider. Tricking Mum and Dad was easy and now he’s got nobody to tell him to wash the dishes, nobody to make him go to school and nobody to turn to when his very existence is threatened by the biggest arachnid the world has ever seen.

Can Connor save the planet? With just a bungling knitwit from NASA, the weirdest girl in school and a doddery old lady and her wheezing terrier to help him, Connor thinks the world is doomed!

‘I really enjoyed this story. It’s so well written, suspenseful and splattered with classroom humour. But beware, if you are arachnophobic it may give you nightmares!’ Good Reading

ISBN 9781921361517 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories Fiction for Middle Readers
Pages 176
Publication Year 2009
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Jen Banyard

    Jen Banyard writes fun mystery and adventure for young readers. In her writing, she aims to entertain first – not least, herself! – but also to ask ethical questions of her young readers. She has a doctorate in Creative Writing from the University of Western Australia. Her youth was largely spent mucking around on the Canning River and on Rottnest Island. Awards West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (Shortlisted 2018)West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (Shortlisted 2016) Read more

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    Tracey Gibbs

    Tracey Gibbs is a contemporary printmaker from Perth. With roots in wildflower country in the south-west of Western Australia, her fascination with botanicals is longstanding. Raised in a resourceful and creative family, Tracey took a short art course at TAFE before completing a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design at Curtin University. Read more