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The Nightmare Thief



by
Nicole Lesperance

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Sourcebo
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Sourcebooks
ISBN
9781728215341
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Fans of Natalie Lloyd will be swept away by this whimsical middle-grade debut about a girl, her family’s dream shop, and a nightmare thief determined to change the course of her life as she knows it

Twelve-year-old Maren loves working in her family's dream shop where she can hand-craft any dream imaginable. The shop has only one rule. Dreams cannot be given to a person without their consent. Maren has no problem with this—until her sister has an accident that leaves her in a coma. Maren's certain she can cure Hallie with a few well-chosen dreams. Figuring nobody will find out, she slips Hallie a flying dream.

When her sister smiles and laughs for a few seconds, Maren is sure her cure is working. But a strange new customer from the shop has been following Maren. And she's laid the perfect trap to blackmail Maren into creating custom dreams for her…but they aren't just dreams, they are nightmares. As things get more dangerous for Maren, she has to make a choice: protect her family or protect the unknown dreamers out there from her family's magic.

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Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

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Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2021

Book Genres

Fantasy

Topics

Dreams. Nightmares. Coma. Family life. Family-owned business enterprises. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Disaster strikes the magical New England town of Rockpool Bay. Maren Partridge, described as having pink and green braids, shares her family’s talent for dreammaking but lives a nightmare. Her older sister Hallie, blond with freckles, is in a coma, and Maren’s parents can’t pay the medical bills. Maren promises her Gran-Gran Lishta she will follow the family’s dream contract and not give a dream without consent, but petrified over her sister’s prognosis, Maren sneaks Hallie healing dreams. Observed by the malicious, dark-haired Ms. Malo, Maren is blackmailed into making nightmares. Matters worsen when Malo traps Maren, her curly haired friend Amos, and her Gran-Gran in an abandoned theater. Malo tortures them with nightmares in an elaborate revenge plot on Rockpool Bay. Maren’s ingenuity and a French-speaking parrot save the day. What begins as a sweet fantasy conceit grows into an intense adventure with vivid horror elements. Lesperance fully develops Maren’s gut-wrenching emotions, from her fear for her sister and her family’s finances, to violating her Gran-Gran’s trust, to the dread of exposure, to the absolute terror of being held captive under constant threat of anaphylactic shock (Maren is allergic to bees, and Malo surrounds her with ­magical ones). The detailed descriptions of Rockpool Bay’s safe, nurturing magic contrast with Malo’s creeping dream-induced evil. The happy ending may be pat, but readers will appreciate some joy after going through the wringer. None of the characters have race or skin tone described. ­VERDICT A hair-raising, nontraditional horror novel with fantastical elements. Will have universal appeal for children who don’t mind a scare.–Caitlin Augusta, ­Stratford Lib. Assoc., CT

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Disaster strikes the magical New England town of Rockpool Bay. Maren Partridge, described as having pink and green braids, shares her family’s talent for dreammaking but lives a nightmare. Her older sister Hallie, blond with freckles, is in a coma, and Maren’s parents can’t pay the medical bills. Maren promises her Gran-Gran Lishta she will follow the family’s dream contract and not give a dream without consent, but petrified over her sister’s prognosis, Maren sneaks Hallie healing dreams. Observed by the malicious, dark-haired Ms. Malo, Maren is blackmailed into making nightmares. Matters worsen when Malo traps Maren, her curly haired friend Amos, and her Gran-Gran in an abandoned theater. Malo tortures them with nightmares in an elaborate revenge plot on Rockpool Bay. Maren’s ingenuity and a French-speaking parrot save the day. What begins as a sweet fantasy conceit grows into an intense adventure with vivid horror elements. Lesperance fully develops Maren’s gut-wrenching emotions, from her fear for her sister and her family’s finances, to violating her Gran-Gran’s trust, to the dread of exposure, to the absolute terror of being held captive under constant threat of anaphylactic shock (Maren is allergic to bees, and Malo surrounds her with ­magical ones). The detailed descriptions of Rockpool Bay’s safe, nurturing magic contrast with Malo’s creeping dream-induced evil. The happy ending may be pat, but readers will appreciate some joy after going through the wringer. None of the characters have race or skin tone described. ­VERDICT A hair-raising, nontraditional horror novel with fantastical elements. Will have universal appeal for children who don’t mind a scare.–Caitlin Augusta, ­Stratford Lib. Assoc., CT

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