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 heal the kids she physically abuses, 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 need to find out 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 malevolent, and an ancient prophecy suggesting Alex has the power to destroy humanity.
The boys break into homes, dig up graves, elude kidnappers, fight for their lives against feral cats, and ultimately confront an evil 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…
“Bowler…depicts his special needs kids not as victims but as real heroes. Will both warm the heart and chill the spine.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Spinner incorporates elements of horror into a young adult read that is riveting and centered upon powerful protagonists that are well-drawn. The ‘added value’ in this story…lies in its…scenes that take the trappings of teen horror and turn them into something much more developed. Young adult to adult readers will find Spinner compelling and vivid.”
– Midwest Book Review
“Michael manages to include many topics within the story, from bullying, to dealing with being in a special education class, to what it is like to be in love with someone who does not love you the same way, and much more.”
– Readers’ Favorite
“Bowler has created a tangible cast of characters who nearly leap off the page as they come to life in this highly suspenseful book…which is sure to keep readers enthralled clear through to its finale.”
– Literary Classics
“Bowler offers some astute observations about teen life – capturing the doubt and insecurity of adolescence – and addresses important themes for maturing young adults, channeled through realistic character dynamics and camaraderie.” –
– Red City Review