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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141308141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141308142
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A.I. on February 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
About 15 years ago, I read all the books my school library had by William Sleator, but the library did not have this book. I bought it recently, and I read it last night in one sitting! Very rarely does a book capture my interest to that degree; this book is just extremely gripping and fast-moving. Also, the dream itself and the kids' pursuit by the two men are very scary, and I had to know what was going to happen. Although I could complain a bit about lack of character development, I did find that I cared about the characters; however, a sequel that added some depth to them and explained the UFO more would be most welcome. I think this book would be a great choice both for reluctant young readers and for those who devour YA horror and/or sci-fi books, regardless of age.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather on September 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am re-reading this book after about 20 years since I first read it. Amazingly, I still remember the title of the book after all these years as I read it several times in my early teens. I just loved it then, and there are certainly very few books for young people that make such an impression that a reader will remember the title 20 years later! I found it gripping and intriguing. I would recommend this book for any young reader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Black on July 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
I remember reading this book in third grade for a report, and of all the books I read in twelve years of school, this is the only one I still really remember. I give this book credit for actually getting me interested in reading. I was completely following along in the adventure with Paul and Francine to follow what their dream meant. I finally got the book for myself in high school, and it was just as good as I remembered it. Only real difference was when I read the first time, I thought that Paul and Francine were teenagers or something, much older than I was. Rereading now it seems like I they only are about 10 or 11. Definitely still in grade school if they are still having recess. The only reason I'm giving this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because at the ending, while very good, left a lot of questions. We get to the bottom of the dream's mystery, but we still don't know why the spaceship was there in the first place, or why exactly it gave these powers to Cookie and the kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eideann on November 21, 2013
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I first read this book when I was in elementary school. I read it repeatedly and loved it, but when I was thirteen, my purse was stolen with my copy of the book inside (back in 1984), and I never saw it again. Recently, I was recount the tale of my stolen purse to friends and thought of this book again. I was inspired to check on Amazon, and, though I would have preferred to buy it as a Kindle book (it's not available in that format), I ordered the paperback.

Oftentimes when you return to a book read in childhood, you find that it has lost much of its wonder and suspense. Not so with Into the Dream. My perspectives have changed - thirty years will do that - but the story retained its magic.

I definitely recommend it to young readers. The writing is excellent, the kids read like kids, the adults aren't cookie cutter plot obstacles, and the story is suspenseful. Modern kids will probably wonder at the use of payphones rather than cellular, and microfiche rather than the internet, but despite being a period piece, the issues still feel current and real.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
People should read "Into the Dream" because a lot of parts are very intense. I had no trouble understanding the plot. It wasn't very long so it's easy to finish. There are two people that are having the same dream every night. They know somrthing bad is going to happen. Find out the problem when you read it!
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A Kid's Review on May 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I would rate the book four stars. I did not like the ending. The ending did not answer the question of who gave Paul, Francine and Noah special powers. Are the powers from people from another planet? Why did the powers of Paul and Francine just start? Are there others with powers like Paul and Francine? There are too many questions that were not answered. It seems like a second book needs to be written.

Paul and Francine are in the same class. It is not explained exactly what grade they are in. They are both having the same dream. Both Paul and Francine want to find out why they are having the same dream. They live in a town where they can walk home from school and walk to places.

The dreams are giving more and more details. A little boy appears in the dream that both Paul and Francine have. Paul and Francine figure out they were at the same hotel in Reno, Nevada at the same time five years ago. They find out at the library there was a UFO (unidentified flying object) seen by the hotel by Mrs. Diana Jaleela.
Paul and Francine find Mrs. Jaleela who describes her seeing a UFO outside the hotel in Reno, Nevada. Mrs. Jaleela was expecting a baby. Her son Noah is now five years old and does not speak to anyone. While Paul and Francine were talking with Mrs. Jaleela flowers in vase open up and float over to Mrs. Jaleela. Mrs. Jaleela acts as it nothing happened. Mrs. Jaleela also has the feeling someone is watching her.

Paul and Francine decide to go to Paul's house to sort things out. Two men who Paul has never seen before start talking to Paul's mom. The men are from the government. Paul and Francine have to leave Paul's house right away and go back to Mrs. Jaleela and her son, Noah.

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