FTC Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Imagine you could not dream. Everyone else dreams when they sleep, but not you. Wouldn’t you be curious? If you could somehow find a way to have a dream, wouldn’t you give it a try? That’s just what Sophie does and it changes everything.
Goodreads Summary: Sophie loves the hidden shop below her parents’ bookstore, where dreams are secretly bought and sold. When the dream shop is robbed and her parents go missing, Sophie must unravel the truth to save them. Together with her best friend—a wisecracking and fanatically loyal monster named Monster—she must decide whom to trust with her family’s carefully guarded secrets. Who will help them, and who will betray them?
My thoughts: This is a great book about facing fears, being different and building friendships. For those young readers who enjoy a bit of a scary tale, it is just right. Yes there are monsters and talk of nightmares, but it is not graphic. And the focus of the story is on facing your fears and doing what you think you can’t do. I was only a few pages into the story when I knew I had to order it for the school library. I talked just a little about the book with The Book Detectives (my 4th and 5th grade Book Club) and they immediately wanted to know when there would be a copy for them to check out.
Recommended Ages: School Library Journal says Grades 4 – 6 and that seems about right.
It’s a great addition to any school or classroom library.