By Barry Jonsberg
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375844577, 256pp.)
Publication Date: February 12, 2008
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Michael Terny is at his seventh school in four years and he knows that whatever he does, he will be ridiculed and pushed around. Michael is the fat kid. But Michael is also a lucid dreamer–he can recognize when he is dreaming and make the dream unfold exactly as he wants. Here he is safe and completely in control. Safe that is, until he finds the dream world and real world colliding . . . and a passage between the two promises more power than he has ever imagined. With the help of an unexpected friend at his new school, Michael plans how to use his power–to reward the good and wreak vengeance on the wicked. . . . But is Michael really in control? Nothing is quite as it seems in this book, and the shocking ending will have readers furiously flipping back to begin reading again with opened eyes.
Barry Jonsberg divides his time between writing and part-time teaching. He lives in Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia.
“Dreamrider is an eerie, absorbing novel which will have readers squirming. Astonishing.”–Aussiereviews.com
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