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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (February 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375844570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375844577
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,170,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 10 Up—Starting at a new school is always hard, but Michael Terny's size makes him a larger and easier target for bullies. His dad constantly pressures him to fight back, but the teen quails at the thought of physical confrontation. In dreams, however, he finds that he is the one in control, and begins to take revenge on his tormentors. Embracing his role as a self-proclaimed dispenser of justice, Michael tempers his vengeance by healing those in need. Ultimately, is he truly in control, or is he trapped between dreaming and waking? His older voice is at odds with the high school setting, and teens will feel as though the narrator is talking down to them. Though the fact that Michael's mother is dead creates some sympathy, the tenuous emotional connection deteriorates, as he stills seems too bland, even when breaking another student's fingers. An underdeveloped Australian setting nags at readers, gradually unraveling the cohesiveness of the plot. The Sixth Sense ending, asking readers to determine what was "all in your head" and what might be real, will leave readers frustrated, especially as the author is not generous with clues. Shooting for an introspective and suspenseful tale, Jonsberg instead creates a muddled Shyamalan imitation.—Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Junior High School, Iowa City, IA
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“Dreamrider is an eerie, absorbing novel which will have readers squirming. Astonishing.”–Aussiereviews.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on March 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a lucid dreamer, Michael Terny can control the direction of his dreams, and, over the difficult years since his mother's death, he's used that ability to escape the harsh realities of his life. While tucked away in his dreams, it only takes that one little difference, that blip on the screen for him to recognize, to bring him into control. Then, he's no longer the hopeless fat kid who suffers the same fate at each new school, that same tiring choreography of the first day--the seventh in four years. Here, he is the master, and can heal the sickness of those in need and bring pain to his tormentors.

Michael had hoped that Millways High School would be different, and it started promisingly enough, with his finding a friend in a girl named Leah on that very first day. However, he finds the same types of kids following him, promising the same problems he's tried to escape. What's more is that parts of his dreams seem to be leaving their mark on the real world. Is it possible that he might be able to influence the things that happen in real life through the power of his dreams? If that's the case, then it might be time for Michael to start fighting back, and not just in the ways his dad keeps telling him.

But one must wonder if Michael's perceptions are accurate. Even his allies may not be what they seem. How much of the dreamworld has crossed over?

This masterfully written book challenges the reader's preconceptions of reality--their own as well as that of those around them. Interesting and thought-provoking, it appeals to those who love seeking details, and finding where the puzzle pieces fit together. Some harsh language and violence, fitting for more mature readers.

Reviewed by: Allison Fraclose
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By remus.grrrl on May 23, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I thought the premise of this book was promising. The idea of being able to change reality by changing things in a dream. The reality of the book on the other hand, was just confusing. It was a quick read, and kept my interest, until the end. The author doesn't explain anything and instead, leaves you confused and wondering why you just spent the time reading the book. I think the book would of been more interesting with a bit more explanation in it as to what exactly was going on when all was said and done. You get the idea that bullying made Michael have mental issues, but doesn't go far enough in explaining what really happened versus what Michael thought was happening.

I just found the ending very bland and it left me confused. Overall, not a book I would ever pick up again, or recommend.
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By Wayne R Brieger on June 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
I was very surprised to find such an excellent book to read, the idea of changing reality thru dreams is great. Highly recommend this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ZeeSays on March 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Michael Terny is a fat kid. He's pushed around at every school he's ever attended. At his newest school, he finds himself once again being the victim of two different bullies: Jamie and Martin. But maybe this school will be different. He's met Leah, a girl who actually listens to him, and Mr. Atkins, a teacher who Michael feels comfortable with.

There's more one more difference: Michael has discovered he can make things happen in real life with his dreams. He is powerful. He stands up for himself. And he can make anyone cower.

This was an easy read with the power of a car wreck. Once you see it, it is hard not to stop and gawk for awhile. Michael's tormentors are relentless. Teen that enjoy horror or the macabre will find something to enjoy here.
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