- File Size: 701 KB
- Print Length: 146 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Luftmensch Press (September 7, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 7, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013VRDF5K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,667,053 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
WEIRD Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
My first point is, I understand the target audience is 9-13 year olds. However, this is one of those books were it doesn't matter how old you are, you can still get something from the story. Yes, I'd read it to young kids to help them understand comas, but I'd also recommend it to adults for an extremely moving tale.
I loved the characters in the book, they were very realistic. I imagine that's just as my own mother would react in the same situation, if I'm honest the same goes for the father. Nothing is laid on thick in this book - it's exactly as you'd imagine it'd be in that kind of situation.
I really liked the whole "Aislin can experience people's dreams" thing going on. I thought it was really unique and it makes for a great story! It's a really interesting concept and I'd love to see what other ideas/stories can be made out of it :) maybe as a spin-off series as a before/after this book scenario.
I love Aislin as a character because she's so very bookish! It made me love her to death purely because of her bookish knowledge and willingness to debate about books!
There's some really strong morals in this book, I adore that. I love that there's a book that seems to help children cope with the trauma of having a loved one in a coma and let them know is OK to be emotional and to worry. Underlying it all is the knowledge that your parents will always love you no matter what. I think that's a very important lessons for a child in the age group targeted. I remember when I was that age and I thought similar questions to Aislin... And that was without the whole dream thing going on!
I'd highly recommend this book to both kids and adults. I think, for a fiction novel, it's very informative emotionally and I feel it'd help kids understand their feelings better in traumatic situations. I'd also recommend it to adults who like touching, heart-felt stories that could either break your heart or make it swell with joy :) it's definitely a new favourite of mine! I love reading books like Weird, it makes reading worth while, you know? Like finding a gem amongst lots of junk.
The warning in the blurb about the serious material made me a little skeptical, mostly because it can be difficult to bring across more 'sensitive' issues in an appropriate way. But there's no need to panic. This book does deal with accidents, coma and pending death of relatives, but the pages are coated with love and care. In a way, it reminded me of the gentle magic found in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.
Aislin is a normal girl, except that she has the ability to dream walk (enter others dreams). This never comes across as a super-power but rather a nuisance. Aislin can't control which dreams she gets caught up in. She can't control the dreams themselves, and she can't get out until they're over. Her abilities aren't a secret either. The other kids see her as weird and shun her.
It was refreshing to see a character like Aislin, especially since her abilities put her in such a negative light. She wants to be accepted, but can't even accept herself--something this age group will have no trouble relating to.
This is a deep book, which digs into Aislin's thoughts and hangs tight. She comes across very authentic, and her actions are not only understandable, but fit what a girl that age might really do. It's easy to feel for her, hurt with her, and hope for her.
When tragedy strikes, the world falls apart, but Aislin's parents and family are extremely supportive. It was great to see this family dynamic and brings across a needed feeling of security and protection. Even a new found friend helps cushion the blow, leaving Aislin surrounded in a good environment. And it's exactly this which helps kids, who are reading this, ease into the more serious subjects Aislin faces.
I believe that especially girls ages 9+ will absolutely adore this book and will see a lot of themselves in Aislin. The messages in here are good, and the ending is like landing in a feathered pillow--considering how harsh many kid stories are lately, I really appreciated this nice, happier change. I can only recommend this one and hope to see many more stories from Theresa Jones.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Aislin dreams and is able to enter the dreams of those around her. She's trying her best to fit in, yet she can't because she's so different. And she absolutely HATES the word "weird." When a new boy comes to school, she finds she has a lot in common with him and they are able to help each other in unexpected ways. I came to enjoy her friendship with Zane a lot. I would've liked to understand the dreaming element a little more.
An accident leaves her brother, Luke, in a coma and life gets pretty rough for Aislin. I loved that there are so many serious issues to deal with and Aislin has to rely on others more than she wants to. This is a great coming-of-age story, appropriate for pre-teens, especially those dealing with bullying, fears as previously mentioned, and really anyone. Every person on the earth is different and celebrating those differences is great.
I loved how the afterward mentioned why this book was written and I know it can help other kids out there realize how important some things are in life and to understand the reasons why.
Content: no language; mild violence (not too graphic, but may be intense for younger children). Clean!
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Most Recent Customer Reviews
And I have to say, I wish I had a book like this when i was younger.
I love it so very much.Read more