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"Tightly woven suspense and an ingenious, totally involving plotline make this a thriller of top-notch quality". -- Booklist

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A living nightmare

Every night Paul has the same frightening dream. He's standing at the edge of a vast empty field, trying to move toward a large, glowing sphere. A small boy is in terrible trouble...and Paul must save him. Paul's convinced he's losing his mind -- until he learns that his classmate Francine is having the same harrowing dream! The two of them are determined to solve the mystery and save the little boy -- before their nightmare becomes terrifying reality.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 720 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141308141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141308142
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 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: #457,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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from one of those take home book order forms we always got in elementary school. I was in fourth grade when I read it, and I never forgot it. Thirty years later, I found it again, and it's almost, although not quite, as good as I remember. My son also read it, and he loved it. It's aged well, all things considered.
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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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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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This is a good "mystery" book about two teenagers who can't stand each other who learn they're having the same dream about a boy in terrible danger. They learn they have to join forces to prevent it from becoming a reality. I think this was an absorbing book, especially for kids, and well written, and anyone who reads it will enjoy it, and you might be surptised by the ending. I liked it.
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Reason for Reading: This is from the random bookshelf that I am currently reading from for my own books and random bookshelf challenge I created for myself. William Sleator is my favourite YA horror writer.

I thought I'd read this one before but could not recall the story at all while reading it and now don't believe I have. This book is atypical of the usual Sleator book. It is written for a younger audience, not his usual teen audience. The two protagonists are twelve and the writing is simple, probably on about a Gr. 4 level. I wasn't duly impressed with the story either which was disappointing as it has been a while since I've read a Sleator and I was looking forward to this quite a bit. Keeping in mind the book is for younger children, the plot is quite simple and the story follows a normal increasing plotline with lots of forward motion and excitement. The story is one whole run towards the end. It does, however, end with Sleator's trademark that's not really the end-ending, what I like to call the Twilight Zone ending. As long as the reader is not too sensitive the youngster will have fun with the story which involves esp, UFOs, telepathy, telekinesis and men in black. No where near Sleator's best but a suitable introduction to the author for pre-teens.
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