The Dream Stealer
Publication Date: September 2011
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What would you do to rescue your most precious dream?
Susanas best friend moved away, and now the only time Susana can see her is in her dreams. Until one night when the dream suddenly ends. The Dream Stealer has come, her grandmother says. The Dream Stealer does not want pretty silver earrings or dangly gold necklaces, diamonds or rubies. He wants dreams. Hes supposed to take only nightmares, but hes grown scared of the monsters and phantoms. Hes been stealing good dreams instead. But hes stolen from the wrong girl.
Susana is clever. She is fearless. And she wants her dream back.
Sid Fleischman wrote more than sixty books for children, adults, and magicians. Among his many awards was the Newbery Medal for his novel The Whipping Boy. The author described his wasted youth as a magician and newspaperman in his autobiography The Abracadabra Kid. His other titles include The Entertainer and the Dybbuk, a novel, and three biographies, Sir Charlie: Chaplin, The Funniest Man in the World; The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West; and Escape! The Story of The Great Houdini.
“This fanciful, original tale drawn from Mexican lore…will delight children, as will the narrator’s expertly modulated storyteller’s cadence. Sís’ black and- white illustrations include inventive design elements that reinforce the sense of real and imagined worlds overlapping.”
-Booklist (starred review)
“The author breathes life into this Mexican-flavored world with a storytelling manner that’s teasing and intriguing by turns.”
“The tale twinkles with Fleischman’s signature crisp language and laugh-out-loud wordplay…[a] unique read that’s sure to give young chapter-book readers shivers, laughs, and satisfaction.”
-School Library Journal