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Author: Lois Lowry
Where do dreams come from? What stealthy nighttime messengers are the guardians of our most deeply hidden hopes and our half-forgotten fears? Drawing on her rich imagination, two-time Newbery winner Lois Lowry confronts these questions and explores the conflicts between the gentle bits and pieces of the past that come to life in dream, and the d...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780618685509
ISBN-10: 0618685502
Publication Date: 4/24/2006
Pages: 144
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 35 ratings
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Really enjoyed this book. Dream-givers begin and end the book, and they're interesting and their "job" fascinating and fun to learn about. The people who benefit from the dream-givers are well-drawn - not all good, not all bad. As a matter of fact, the blend of real-life horrors with hope and compassion felt just-right (not too much horror, not unbelievably sweet). Each character has a challenge and each dream-giver helps with the characters' challenges as well as the bumps in the dream-givers' road. The Sinisteeds (nightmare-bringers) seem to be just a pothole - they don't take over the show, which is nice.
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I am a big fan of Lois Lowry's other work. This was not my favorite of the collection but an interesting concept and as always great story telling. I always find this author's characters to be relatable even though so different from anything familiar.
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This is a great story for all ages.

I can see this book being read to a young child or to an elderly person. The elements that compose a dream or a nightmare, the way the young and inexperienced newest Dream-Giver counteracts the doings of the sinister nightmare "inflicters" with all of her innocence, candor and vehemence is very heart warming and uplifting.

I wonder what inspired Ms. Lowry to write this unique story. Not all is rosy and pristine with the lives of the characters. You meet the lonely old lady who lives with her dog, the battered young wife and mother who lost custody of her child and then you meet John, the broken and very angry 8yr. old whom with the help of his Dream-Givers learns how to counteract his bad memories of abuse and abandonment with those of hope, new life, courage and new friends.

Read it, it is quick but a potent read.
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This is a sweet, interesting little story.

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