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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Blue Is for Nightmares (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Flux (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738714380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738714387
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Laurie Faria Stolarz (Massachusetts) has a great interest in teen culture, and admires young adults for their passion, energy, and creativity. Blue is for Nightmares is the product of her desire to write a novel that would have appealed to herself at that age, namely one that has a blending of suspense, romance, and the art of keeping secrets.

Stolarz has an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Young Adult Literature from Emerson College in Boston. She currently teaches writing and is a member of the SCBWI as well as several professional writing groups.

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Laurie Faria Stolarz (Massachusetts) has a great interest in young adult culture, and admires young adults for their passion, energy, and creativity. Blue is for Nightmares is the product of her desire to write a novel that would have appealed to herself at that age, namely one that has a blending of suspense, romance, and the art of keeping secrets.
Stolarz has an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Young Adult Literature and a graduate certificate in Screenwriting, both from Emerson College in Boston. She currently teaches writing and is a member of the SCBWI as well as several professional writing groups. She has also written and edited numerous middle school and high schools texts.

Customer Reviews

I was expecting a novel like the first 4 books in the series.
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So maybe the publishers could 're-print the book in a regular print.
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I really felt like this could have been told better than it was.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A. K. Wilson on December 31, 2009
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I read the previous four books in this series and was devasted to learn the fifth book was a graphic novel! I don't this Stolarz should have put her name on this beyond anything more than being the inspriation for this. The only reason I bought it was my wanting to know the continuation of the storylines. There was no depth to the story and the introduction of new characters (Kira---an ex-girlfriend??!!!) is just irresponsible and unfair to faithful followers of the Blue is For Nightmares series. I think this was a cop-out and fans were let down. Stolarz is a fabulous writer (I love the Touch Novels---and the first four books of the Nightmares series)but this was a bad decision by her and her editors and I would love to have Black is for Beginnings written in the platform of the other four----we deserve it for our loyalty.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Taylor Marie Corrin on October 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
I consider myself a huge fan of this series and I was so excited when I originally heard that a 5th book had been released. However, I was immediately skeptical when I heard that it was a graphic novel. While I really do enjoy some graphic novels, I wasn't looking forward to the idea of this book being a graphic novel while the other books were not. But because I am a huge fan of the series, I still bought it and read it while trying to keep an open mind. However, I was incredibly disappointed. This didn't really seem like it was apart of the same series as the rest of my beloved BIFN books. The characters seemed flat and didn't have the shine and spunk that they did in the first four books. The plot overall just didn't sit well with me. I'm so very sad for giving this a one star rating, but it just really disappointed me. I would love for Stolarz to write some more books for this series, but in the same format as the other books. If Black is for Beginnings was rewritten in the same style as the rest of the series, then I might like it better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn England on December 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book would have been a 5 star for me but I couldn't seem to get into the style.
I love this series and I love to picture in my head what is happening, so I guess that's why I didn't find the art work helpful. They were done great and all but I hate reading in those little bubbles. Over all this style I feel is just to busy for my head, I want to read but at the same time I want to look at the pictures. It was like a battle of the brain up in my head,lol.

I did, however (and like the past 4 books) finished it in 1 day. It was nice too get this new book after so long and I hope there will be more. And even if they are still in this new form I plan to read them, I hope/think my brain could get use to it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By grnikiti on October 21, 2009
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I had very high hopes for Black is for Beginnings but after reading it, I am very unhappy with the outcome of the book. I liked the pictures but did not liked how the whole book it seemed to talk about what happened in the books before it and not until the last little bit of the book was any new information. This would be a good book if you do not want to read the others in the series but want to know what happens... In my opinion, Black is for Beginnings cannot hold a candle up to the rest of the series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on October 26, 2009
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College student Stacey Brown has been having nightmares about Maura, the little girl she used to babysit, even though it's been about six years since the child was murdered. In Stacey's dreams, she can almost smell Maura's strawberry candy-scented breath and hear the giggle of her laughter. Although the dreams are more nostalgic than disturbing, they still leave Stacey feeling guilty and haunted. After all, years ago Stacey had had premonitions of something terrible happening to Maura but had kept her fears to herself. Had she shared her concerns with someone, perhaps Maura would have lived. But the anonymous note that Stacey wrote to the police was never mailed. Or was it?

Stacey turns to the nature-based religion known as Wicca to help her understand her disturbing dreams. She casts a pouch spell for sweet dreams and a moon-bathed bracelet spell for awareness in her attempt to learn what her dreams really mean and why they are occurring all these years after Maura's death. Stacey's friends also try to help --- Drea suggests journaling as a way to unravel the mystery of her troubling dreams, and Amber recommends talking the situation over with someone close.

Unfortunately, neither the spells nor the journaling have been helping, and, unlike Amber, it isn't as if Stacey has a doting boyfriend like PJ to listen to her. Jacob LeBlanc, the one guy Stacey had truly cared for, is now far away and has no memory of her. Jacob's own nightmares had drawn him across the long miles from Colorado to Stacey's side at Hillcrest Boarding School in Massachusetts. At Hillcrest, Jacob had struggled to understand his premonitions about Stacey while convincing her to trust him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lieder on March 1, 2013
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This book is all exposition. It reminds me of those 80s sitcoms where the characters were stuck remembering the past and clips from old episodes filled the half hour. Thankfully, they stopped those by the 90s with a few stray shows such as The Simpsons or the last Seinfeld episode. The clip show was denigrated because it was a lazy attempt to fill a show without doing much work.

This book is made up of people sitting around going "hey remember when my dead friend was lost in the woods" or "hey remember when your boyfriend saved your life on that cruise" and these are obviously plots from early books. This book itself has no plot beyond the characters remembering their former adventures. Even though the artist is still doing a great job with the visuals, that kind of laziness on the part of the writer should not be rewarded.
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