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Into the Dream Paperback – August 1, 2000
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yet another amazing story by William Sleator! I loved it. Just a really good book.Published 21 months ago by jonathan shields
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. Read morePublished on May 28, 2011
The title says it all. Many points in this book are repetitive, the dialogue is written without punctuation in the majority of the ending and the characters are bland. Read morePublished on March 13, 2010 by Jackie A. Morgan
I first read this book in 5th grade. I loved it, but forgot who the author was, and the book's title. Read morePublished on February 22, 2009 by J. McReynolds
I first heard of this book when my brother was in the seventh grade (I was in third) and had acquired a copy for himself. Read morePublished on November 14, 2008 by Eric B. Gordon
I read this book to my daughter when she was in the fourth grade, and she LOVED it so much that she asked me to buy one that she could donate to her class at school. Read morePublished on April 8, 2008 by SabrinaKC
Have you ever had a dream that had to do with your life or something in the past? In the book into the dream two kids keep having the same dream that keeps getting more... Read morePublished on March 30, 2007