What if your dreams weren’t simply images, sensations and ideas that your brain organized in your sleep? What if they were something more? In Dream Girl, S.J. Lomas weaves an intoxicating tale of the possibilities of dreams, and the people who are tapping into their potential.
Christine doesn’t think much about her dreams until she meets her new co-worker Gabriel. As they learn more about each other they find that, not only are they connecting in their dreams, but they are connecting to others as well. They have unwittingly come under the attention a group who is interested in examining their abilities in detail and unravelling the mystery of the dreamworld they all share.
This coming of age story has the stirrings of young romance, with helpings of confusion and mixed emotions as Christine navigates her feelings for two young men who have entered her life. In order to find answers, she must place herself in the hands of the unknown, and agree to enter a world that most only ever dream of. - DH
Moo is a delightful story about a cantankerous cow and an unlikely friendship. It all begins when Reena and her family relocate to rural Maine. It’s a big change from city life. Twelve-year-old Reena and her brother, Luke, are soon volunteered by their parents to help the occasionally ornery Mrs. Falala and her unusual band of pets, including Zora the cow. The children grudgingly comply. Over time, inspiring friendships grow and we see how things are not always what they seem.
What is even more interesting about this story is the way in which it’s told. The novel is written at times in a poetic style which adds tremendously to the feeling of the story. Creech also uses different fonts and font sizes to create words that sometimes
off the page or d r i f t across it. It’s an effective and interesting story-telling tool. Even better, the techniques aren’t overused.
I recommend this book to tweens who enjoy words, books about friendship, and humor. My only criticism is that the plot could have been a little stronger, which would have made the novel even better. That being said, it is a worthwhile read that many children will enjoy.
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