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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Starscape; 1st edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765313979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765313973
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,255,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR GEOGRAPHY CLUB:
 
"I absolutely love Geography Club. It's a brilliant first novel with a marvelous first person voice and, in Russel, a terrific, wonderfully realized protagonist that readers will welcome into their hearts."--Michael Cart, Booklist columnist
 
"Hartinger has written a compelling look at the high school scene and the serious consequences of being 'different.' "--School Library Journal

About the Author

BRENT HARTINGER is the author of several novels for young adults, including the award-winning Geography Club. Dreamquest is his first fantasy for middle grade readers. He lives in Tacoma, Washington.

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Format: Hardcover
Her parents' constant fights frighten eleven year old Julie Fray. She is so scared that something bad is going to happen that even when she sleeps she suffers nightmares that she is a pawn on a chessboard with her mom as the white queen and her dad as the black king each giving orders for her to move. The dreams are getting worse and the preadolescent child has no one to turn to as her parents are too caught up with their war to see what it is doing to her. Being awake is as bad if not worse.

This time when she suffers the nightmare, Julie awakens but not to the hostility between her parents pulling on her to their side. Instead somehow she is still inside her nightmare realm. Specifically she finds herself in a studio where Julie's dreams are a big production. Production assistant Roman befriends the bewildered frightened young girl and tells her to find the producer. However Julie has a bigger problem than getting nightmares less frightening. The child actress who portrays her, Vivian has crossed over to the real world and refuses to switch back. If she fails to return to reality, she will be trapped inside her head where a studio produces the nightmare world of Julie Fray.

DREAMQUEST is a powerful character study that hooks the audience once they realize Julie is marooned in her nightmares. The story line is set up so that readers are unsure whether this is a horror tale or a psychological thriller; in either case Julie and the preadolescent audience will agree that she is in deep trouble regardless. This tale of Slumberia is a fantastic novel that will please its pre-teen crowd, but also their parents.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Joy Singleton on May 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
DREAMQUEST is a madcap, exciting adventure into the realm of nightmares.

Julie's parents fight so much she feels like they're ripping her apart --but the terrifying nightmares she has every night are even worse. Then her dreams rip a seam and she wakes up in nightmarish Slumberia where a cast of freakish beings create her horrible dreams.

With the help of some unusual friends, she goes on a dangerous quest to end her nightmares. If she can't escape Slumberia before her time runs out, she'll be trapped in her bad dreams forever.

Brent Hartinger is a master of plots with humor, suspense and memorable characters. Readers who enjoy magicical books like HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE and heartwarming quests like WIZARD OF OZ will love DREAMQUEST.
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Eleven-year-old Julie is torn -- torn between her parents, who constantly bicker and try to force her to pick sides, and torn up by her nightmares, which get scarier and more vivid every night. So it's not surprising that one night a tear opens in Julie herself, causing her to slip through her unconscious into the world where her dreams are made: Slumberia. There, she must try to find a way to convince the dream makers to stop giving her nightmares, and return home before the Julie of the dream world takes over her life back in the waking world.

DREAMQUEST is an amazingly imaginative novel, with a fully realized world full of fascinating images and creatures. From the moon people, whose faces only show themselves to those who truly care, to the moustached butterflies that act as messengers and the shark-turned-lawyers, these are beings unlike those in any other book. The setting, in the always-night Slumberia, with its desert full of ghosts and towering city of nightmares, is vivid and unforgettable.

Julie is a likable protagonist, and readers will enjoy following her journey as she learns to stand up for herself and fight for her own well-being. Her story is reminiscent of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition (Books of Wonder), as she journeys through this strange world, picking up traveling companions along the way, finally confronting the source of her problems only to realize the solution lies within herself. Her friends and her parents are somewhat underdeveloped, but as this is the first book in a series, there's plenty of room to grow.

DREAMQUEST offers readers a vision of a frightening and intriguing world, with lots of adventure along the way and much promise for more to come. Readers will be eager for the next book in the series.

Reviewed by: Lynn Crow
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More About the Author

I am Brent Hartinger, and I live to write.

For the last twenty years, I have made my living writing just about everything that involves words.

My most famous book is probably my 2003 gay teen novel, GEOGRAPHY CLUB, which was adapted into a feature film starring Scott Bakula, Marin Hinkle, Ana Gasteyer, Justin Deeley, and Nikki Blonsky. It was released in selected theaters and on VOD on November 15, 2013.

Geography Club is now the first book in The Russel Middlebrook Series. In order, the stories in the series are:

* GEOGRAPHY CLUB (book #1)
* THE ORDER OF THE POISON OAK (book #2)
* DOUBLE FEATURE: ATTACK OF THE SOUL-SUCKING BRAIN ZOMBIES/BRIDE OF THE SOUL-SUCKING BRAIN ZOMBIES (book #3)
* THE ELEPHANT OF SURPRISE(book #4)
* TWO THOUSAND POUNDS PER SQUARE INCH (a free short story)

I'm currently launching an entirely *new* series featuring Russel Middlebrook and his friends, called Russel Middlebrook: The Futon Years. These books are set six years later (in the present), with the characters in their early twenties. They're also "adult" books, not YA, so they're longer and a bit edgier (but hopefully just as fun and funny). They're also "stand-alone," meaning you don't need to read the earlier books.

These books are:

* THE THING I DIDN'T KNOW I DIDN'T KNOW (book #1, December 15, 2014)
* BAREFOOT IN THE CITY OF BROKEN DREAMS (book #2, August 2015)

For the record, I try hard to write books that people *like* to read. The most frequent comment I get from readers is that my books are "page-turners," which makes me very happy, because that is exactly what I want them to be. If I had to describe my own books, I would say, "Strong central concept, strong plot, strong character and voice, and usually lots of humor." (I may not always *succeed* in creating these things, but they're what I always strive for.)

My biggest complaint with books I hate is that they don't get to the point (or, worse, they don't have a point!). I get frustrated that so many books have a cliche or overdone central concept, or that they're all atmosphere and world-building (or "beautiful language," in the case of some literary novels) with no real story.

Basically, I see myself as a storyteller. I think the important thing for a writer is to get out of the way and just tell the damn story.

Sure enough, my second great love is screenwriting and playwriting. I've won lots of screenwriting awards and have several movie projects in very active development.

Meanwhile, my plays have been performed at dozens of theaters. And I adapted GEOGRAPHY CLUB into a stage play, which has now been produced all over the country.

In addition, I'm the co-host of a bi-weekly podcast, Media Carnivores, which covers media-related news and opinion (and also honest writing advice and updates on my career).

I sometimes teach writing, in the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College and elsewhere.

And I also do a fair bit of charity work, including a brand new enterprise, The Real Story Safe Sex Project, using entertainment and pop culture to help gay teens and twentysomethings fight HIV/AIDS.

I live in Seattle, Washington, with my partner since 1992, Michael Jensen. Together with our friend Sarah Warn, we co-founded a very successful entertainment website called AfterElton.com that was eventually acquired by MTV/Logo (but we don't work there anymore).

I answer all emails (eventually), so if you have a question or a comment, if you want to buy a signed edition of one of my books (free shipping in the US!), or if you're interested in having me speak to your school or group, contact me through my website: www.brenthartinger.com. (There's information about my fees, etc., here.)

My "Official" Biography

BRENT HARTINGER is the author of a number of novels, mostly for and about teens, including GEOGRAPHY CLUB (2003) and five companion books: THE ORDER OF THE POISON OAK (2005); DOUBLE FEATURE: ATTACK OF THE SOUL-SUCKING BRAIN ZOMBIES/BRIDE OF THE SOUL-SUCKING BRAIN ZOMBIES (2007); THE ELEPHANT OF SURPRISE (2013); THE THING I DIDN'T KNOW I DIDN'T KNOW (2014); and BAREFOOT IN THE CITY OF BROKEN DREAMS (2015).

His other books include THE LAST CHANCE TEXACO (2004); GRAND & HUMBLE (2006); PROJECT SWEET LIFE (2008); and SHADOW WALKERS (2011).

A feature film version of his first novel, GEOGRAPHY CLUB, was released in November 2013, co-starring Scott Bakula, Ana Gasteyer, and Nikki Blonsky.

Hartinger is also the author of many award-winning screenplays and plays, including a stage adaptation of GEOGRAPHY CLUB, which has received regional productions in Salt Lake City, Edmonton, and many other places. Three more of his screen projects have been optioned for film and are in various stages of development, including his screenplay of his award-winning play THE STARFISH SCREAM.

Mr. Hartinger's many writing honors include being named the winner of the Lambda Literary Award; a GLAAD Media Award; the Screenwriting in the Sun Award; the L.A. Comedy Festival Screenwriting Award; the Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award; and a Book Sense Pick (four times).

Hartinger is the co-host of the Media Carnivores podcast, a sometime-member of the faculty at Vermont College in the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and the co-founder of the entertainment website AfterElton.com, which was sold to MTV/Viacom in 2006. In 1990, he co-founded one of the country's first gay youth support groups, in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington. He also founded and currently runs the Real Story Safe Sex Project.

He lives in Seattle with his partner, writer Michael Jensen.

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