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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416959017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416959014
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,338,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 9 Up—Something is not quite right in the small town of Sea Cliff. An evil force is at work, leaving tragedy and death in its wake for a group of students from Saint Opportuna High School. The story centers around Emma, who recently moved to New York from the South and is grieving over the recent death of her mother, and Jake, a charismatic rebel who serves as car mechanic and pot dealer to his classmates. After returning from a school trip to New Orleans to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, Emma, Jake, and the other students who participated band together into a "secret society," led by the faculty advisor, Dr. Beecher, sworn to keep quiet about what really happened down there. All of the teens are behaving erratically and suffering from horrific nightmares with bouts of sleepwalking. Then classmates begin to turn up dead. Fahy grabs readers right from the opening pages and uses a series of flashbacks to reveal earlier events in the story. The plot is full of suspense mixed with voodoo, vengeance, and murder, creating a chilling tale. Unfortunately, the ending is disappointing, as everything wraps up too quickly in the last few pages.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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About the Author

Thomas Fahy teaches literature at Long Island University (C. W. Post campus) and is the author of The Unspoken, for teens, and Night Visions, for adults. He lives in Sea Cliff, New York.

More About the Author

Ever since he started writing horror books, Thomas Fahy has found himself spending a lot of time trying to convince people he is not a serial killer. His recent young adult horror novels, Sleepless (Simon and Schuster, 2009) and The Unspoken (Simon and Schuster, 2008) both received American Library Awards for Reluctant Young Readers. His edited collection, The Philosophy of Horror (University of Kentucky Press, 2010), which the New York Journal of Books called "an intelligently written, perceptive, engrossing work," has earned high praise in journals, newspapers, and magazines across the country. He has been interviewed about horror by numerous publications, including Salon, as well as by several radio hosts in the U.S. and Canada.

Fahy has also written extensively about television, film, and popular culture. He has interviewed Aaron Sorkin and Alan Ball for his edited collections about their work -- Considering Aaron Sorkin (McFarland, 2005) and Considering Alan Ball (McFarland, 2006) -- and his forthcoming book, Alan Ball: Conversations (University of Mississippi Press, 2013), features interviews with Mr. Ball throughout his career.

When he needs a break from finding new ways to kill imaginary people, Fahy is an associate professor of English and director of the American Studies Program at Long Island University, Post. You can visit him at thomasfahy.com or on Facebook at http://bit.ly/ut3nl

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Unfortunately the characters don't really develop or have depth beyond that.
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For some reason, I wasn't really sure what this book was really about until I started reading it.
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After reading Sleepless, I was left unsatisfied, if not a bit shell-shocked.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darcy Wishard on August 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Emma Montgomery has been having trouble sleeping. Whenever she closes her eyes, all she can see are horrible nightmares ... nightmares of gruesome murder. And she's not alone. All of the students in Dr. Beecher's secret society have been having terrible dreams and sleepwalking. Now, as their classmates start turning up dead, Emma and her friends race against the clock to keep themselves awake and find out what is causing them to kill in their sleep--before the next victim dies.

First off, the cover of this book has to be one of my top five all time favorites...it screams "READ ME!" I know this book will find a lot of action in my library just because of the awesome visual.

Told in third person narrative from Emma and her friend Jake's point of view, we find out that really weird things start to happen after a class trip to New Orleans.

Emma and her classmates went to New Orleans to help rebuild houses in one of the poorer communities there. After they witness a horrible tragedy which they promise to keep a secret, death seems to follow them home.

Mysterious deaths, lapses in memory and a creepy voo doo vibe are the only clues that Emma and Jake have to work with. It all seems to center around their teacher, Dr. Beecher. Will they be able to figure out who or what is killing their friends before it's too late?

If you like the premise of most teen horror flicks where a group of friends are dealing with some unknown menace, then this book is for you! Not a lot of depth here but the mystery itself will be enough to keep readers involved to the end.

A quick read at just over 200 pages, appropriate for 7th grade and up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vania Stoyanova on September 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Thomas Fahy brings a wonderfully suspenseful and haunting edge to the story of a group of teens who after a dark and even bizarre trip to New Orleans find themselves having nightmares and their schoolmates dropping dead liek flies. Even worse, the kids' nightmares are becomign reality in the way the schoolmates die. The mystery and the race to save a life gets the kids to investigate the strange happenings on their own puts them in more danger.

Fahy masterfully brings a horror aspect to his story but doesn't fail to touch on a romance. Sadly, it could have used a little bit more of it since it left the reader a bit dry in the middle. But overall, Fahy does a good job with blending horror, suspense and intrigue in a story that is sure to appeal to both girl and guys and fans of creepy-on-the-edge-of-your-seat-can't-read-at-night scary. It's short and fast read but not for the faint of heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jay on August 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book! It's very scary and suspenseful. And the parts set in New Orleans are really cool and creepy. I also liked the fact that I could relate to the characters. It isn't very long, and I finished it in one night because I couldn't put it down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By titania86 VINE VOICE on April 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Sea Cliff was a small, quiet town. Until now. A group of students went to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to build houses for Habitat for Humanity. A terrible murder occurs there, leading the students to promise to stay silent about what happened. They return home, but start to have the most horrible nightmares. As the dreams get worse, some even start to sleepwalk. Then some students start killing. Both Emma and Jake are having trouble sleeping. They are terrified that they are going to die next or maybe kill someone in their sleep. What is causing them to sleepwalk? Will they figure it out before it's too late?

This book was pitched to me by my sister (who's a YA librarian) as a Nightmare on Elm Street wannabe, which is not really true. I found out after I had read it that she hadn't even finished the book. There are some similarities, but as a whole, the two works are very different. The book reads as a teen horror flick transformed into a book. I liked the concept and liked going along for the ride as more details are revealed about the mystery. The horror aspects of the novel were pretty good. I really liked that one of the kids that ended up killing someone had violent episodes that they had no recollection of afterwards. One of them in particular came out of the blue and surprised me.

The characters are typical stock characters in a horror movie: the strong survival girl, the bad boy, the preppy cheerleader girl, etc. Unfortunately the characters don't really develop or have depth beyond that. Also, the Voodoo elements were kind of lame and obvious since they came from New Orleans. At a certain point, the mystery became really predictable and I started figuring things out before the characters. I like being surprised and having my mind blown.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on February 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
With a tag line of " Teens are killing each other in this summer horror Blockbuster", wouldn't you typically expect a thrilling and scary book? Well, when I read the summary on the back of the galley, I certainly did. Though, while Sleepless was based of an interesting idea, it was not executed that well.

First off, the characters weren't well developed, in my opinion. Sure, you briefly got to know Emma, Jack, and their friends, but there wasn't anything about them that really captured your interest or made them easy to relate to.

Also, it didn't make Sleepless any better, having a plot that was extremely dull at times and hard to get through. Sure, at first it was interesting to see the different things that were happening to the students, but soon after it finally clicked in my mind what was happening. Leaving, Sleepless to become anticlimactic and uneventful.

Thomas Fahy's writing was decent, though. It was easy to read because of the quick chapters, but the world he created in Sleepless didn't really imprint a memorable world in my mind.

Overall, Sleepless was a big disappointment for me. Though, I think I may try Thomas' previous teen novel, to see if it's any better.

Side note: Even though I didn't fully enjoy this book, if you think you think you may like do give it a try. It just wasn't my ideal book.

Grade: C-
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