Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier - ADVISABLE

Gier, Kerstin Dream a Little Dream, 336 p. Henry Holt (Macmillan), 2015.  $18.  Language: PG-13 (25 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (fighting, dark rituals).

Over the summer, Liv and Mia’s mother ahs moved them to London.  Its not unexpected, because their mother always only takes one year positions as a guest lecturer, but this time there seems to be something, or someone, different – a man.  Not only as the girls’ mother found a beau, but they are planning on both families living together.  And Liv’s new “brother”, Grayson,  is a BMOC.  Then Liv’s dreams take a turn for the weird – she sees Grayson and his three fast friends in her dreams, performing some strange dark ritual.  When she sees the boys the next day, its almost as if they saw her in their dreams also.  Liv is intrigued – and interested enough in one of them to continue to find her way into that dream world.  The move into their new home goes more smoothly than Liv would have guessed, which is a blessing, because things in the dream world are confusing enough, and prying all of the details about the rituals from the boys is just frustrating.  Someone’s life is in danger and if they don’t make a plan there will be no way of protecting anyone.

This book doesn’t read as dark as it sounds.  Liv is actually too adorable to make me feel as if her life is ever in danger.  The details of the ritual don’t really seem dangerous until the very end – which I think works to this book’s advantage. 

MS – OPTIONAL, HS – ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS

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