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"Altebrando provides exceptional depth in both the setting and the motley cast of Coney Islanders, teen and adult, living and dead....The result is a memorable tale of personal growth and acceptance that will make teens eager to join a Dreamland Social Club of their own."--Kirkus Reviews (star), Best Teen Books of 2011
"This is a wonderful book, a story of secrets and memory, of terrible loss and hard truths, nighttime adventures with a boy who comes this close to kissing you... and how a girl finds her own path to belonging."--Judy Blundell, National Book Award winning author
"Altebrando makes the bizarre, sensational and sad story of Coney Island seem vital and urgent--whether you have ever been there or not. An entirely strange, wonderfully romantic, and surprisingly political tale"--E. Lockhart, author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
"Altebrando conjures a boardwalk fantasia of mermaids, dwarves, bearded girls, contortionists, and beautiful tattooed boys. This charming, sea-salty book stays with you like a half-remembered dream--the kind you wish would never end."--Natalie Standiford, author of How to Say Goodbye in Robot
Tara Altebrando is an author of books for teens and adults. She lives with her husband and young daughter in Astoria, Queens.
Before Jane and her brother Marcus were born, their parents loved to travel. Since her mother's sudden death ten years ago, Jane and Marcus have lived all over the world with their... Read morePublished on July 21, 2012 by Little Willow
First off, I love the cover of Dreamland Social Club. It's bright, eye-catching, and features a mermaid... Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by Sara
A truly wonderful tale full of freaks of all kinds. I received an ARC of this from Shelf Awareness a while back and it took a while for me to get to it in my TBR pile. Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by Joni Thomas
Despite the fact that I find clowns to be a bit terrifying, I find carnivals (and circuses) rather interesting, especially the shady ones. Read morePublished on August 17, 2011 by Khy
I really enjoyed Dreamland Social Club. It had a strong cast of characters, a plot that slowly unraveled a mystery, and amazing writing that engaged me the whole time. Read morePublished on June 29, 2011 by Sarah Woodard
In a Sentence: Dreamland Social Club moves slowly at times, but is a great contemporary that's perfect to read at the beach.
Review: This was such a good contemporary. Read more