The Deadlies: Felix Takes the Stage

Series: The Deadlies

by Kathryn Lasky

Scholastic Paperbacks
April 2011

Ages 8 – 10 . Grades 3 – 5

Library of Congress: 2009033149

Lexile measure: 660L

DRA: 40

Guided Reading: S

The Deadlies are like any other family with a loving mother and bright, rambunctious children. Except they're spiders. Really, really poisonous ones. But Edith and her children are kind and cultured - they would never hurt anyone.

The Deadlies had been happily living in a symphony hall until Edith's son, Felix, had a . . . misunderstanding with the maestro. Now they're on the hunt for a new home. That is, if they can outwit the evil exterminators on their tail. Will they ever find a place to live in peace?
Kathryn Lasky

Kathryn Lasky is the Newbery Honor-winning author of over 100 books for children and young adults. Her beloved Guardians of Ga'Hoole fantasy series has more than seven million copies in print, and she is the author of the Daughters of the Sea series and the Wolves of the Beyond series, as well as A Time for Courage and other Dear America titles. Kathryn has also written a number of critically acclaimed historical fiction titles, such as Beyond the Burning Time and True North. She lives with her husband in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  • From Kirkus:
    "Humor and action seamlessly blend as these arachnids struggle for survival . . . Vivid characters, from the theatrical godspider Fat Cat to the pompous orb weaver Oliphant Uxbridge, make up the clever supporting cast. Genuinely funny dialogue helps move the brief chapters along, and Gilpin's lively black-and-white drawings provide an animated accompaniment."

    From Booklist:
    "Gilpin’s many drawings have plenty of energy, action, and easy-to-read emotional content. This nicely designed chapter book features appealing characters facing dangers with courage but searching for something more in their lives than either swashbuckling adventure or cozy domesticity."


Paperback / softback

Perfect-bound Paperback

ISBN: 9780545117302

144pp. | 5-¼ x 7-⅝